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This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer using the Business Application - Microsoft Word.

Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer made with Microsoft Word 2007
Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer

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Steps

01: Document Setup
02: Margins
03: Page Orientation
04: Insert Oval
05: Shape Fill
06: Fill Effects Window
07: Fill Effects - Two Colors
08: Shape Outline
09: Royalty Free Image
10: The Text Group
11: Insert Text Box
12: Insert Picture
13: Flip Picture
14: Transparency and Line
15: Insert WordArt
16: Format WordArt
17: Change WordArt Shape
18: Fix Truncated Text
19: Fill Effects Window
20: Gradient Filled Text
21: Text Box Line
22: Shadow Effects
23: Shadow Color
24: Change WordArt Shape
25: Add and Format Text
26: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

Microsoft Word 2007 Ribbon
Microsoft Word 2007 Ribbon
To begin, go to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout Tab.


Microsoft Word 2007 Paper Sizes Menu
Microsoft Word 2007
Paper Sizes Menu
Click on Size and select Letter from the drop down menu.


Step 02: Margins

Microsoft Word 2007 Margins Menu
Microsoft Word 2007 Margins Menu
Click on Margins and select Narrow from the drop down menu.


Step 03: Page Orientation

Microsoft Word 2007 Page Setup Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Page Setup Group
Go to the Page Setup Group and click on Orientation.

Microsoft Word 2007 Page Orientation
Microsoft Word 2007
Page Orientation
Select Portrait from the drop down menu.


Step 04: Insert Oval

Microsoft Word 2007 Shapes Window
Microsoft Word 2007 Shapes Window
We will draw an Oval Shaped Background.

Go back to the Ribbon and select the Insert Tab.

Microsoft Word 2007 Illustrations Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Illustrations Group
Go to the Illustrations Group. Select Shapes to open up the Shapes Window.

Select the Oval under Recently Used Shapes.


Hold down the Left mouse button and draw the Oval on the Page. You will notice that the Ribbon has changed to the Format Tab which showcases the Drawing Tools.

Microsoft Word 2007 Draw Oval Shape
Microsoft Word 2007 Draw Oval Shape
The Oval should take up most of the page.

8 Blue Shapes appear around the Oval. You can use any of these to resize the Oval if needed.


Step 05: Shape Fill

Microsoft Word 2007 Shape Styles Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Shape Styles Group
While the Oval is still selected, go to the Format Tab > Shape Styles Group.




Microsoft Word 2007 Shape Fill Icon
Microsoft
Word 2007
Shape Fill Icon
Click on the Down Arrow on the right side of the Shape Fill Icon.

Microsoft Word 2007 Color Menu
Microsoft Word 2007 Color Menu
A drop down Color Menu will appear.

Select Gradients, which will open a Gradients Presets Window.

Microsoft Word 2007 Gradient Presets Window
Microsoft Word 2007 Gradient Presets Window
From here select More Gradients which will open up the Fill Effects Window.


Step 06: Fill Effects Window

Microsoft Word 2007 Fill Effects Window - Gradient Tab
Microsoft Word 2007 Fill Effects Window - Gradient Tab
You should automatically be in the Gradient Tab, which is the first tab of this window.

In the Color Section select Two Colors.

This will change the Color Section of the Fill Effects Window to include 2 Drop Down Color Menus.



Step 07: Fill Effects - Two Colors

Microsoft Word 2007 Fill Effects Window - Gradient Two Colors
Microsoft Word 2007 Fill Effects Window - Gradient Two Colors
Select the Down Arrow for Color1 and select "White" from Theme Colors, and select the Down Arrow for Color2 and select "Yellow" from Standard Colors.

In the Transparency Section, set From to "100%" and To to "0%".

In the Shading Styles Section, select Diagonal Down.

To the Right of this will be the Variant Section. Of the 4 Variants, select the one on the Bottom Right. You will notice this change reflected in the Sample Box.

Then select the Check Box for "Rotate fill effect with shape". Click OK.

Microsoft Word 2007 Gradient Filled Yellow and White Oval
Microsoft Word 2007
Gradient Filled
Yellow & White Oval
The Gradient Filled Oval should look like this:


Step 08: Shape Outline

Microsoft Word 2007 Shape Outline Color
Microsoft Word 2007
Shape Outline Color
Now to remove the Shape Outline, select the Oval and go back to the Format Tab > Shape Styles Group.

Microsoft Word 2007 Shape Outline Icon
Microsoft
Word 2007
Shape Outline
Icon
Select the Down Arrow to the right side of the Shape Outline Icon.

This will open the Color Menu. Select No Outline.

There you have it, a Gradient Filled Oval Background.
Microsoft Word 2007 2 Color Gradient Filled Oval with No Border
Microsoft Word 2007
2 Color Gradient Filled
Oval with No Border


Step 09: Royalty Free Image

Royalty Free Clker Bride Image
Royalty Free
Clker Bride Image
Next add an Image to the document.

Here I downloaded the Image of a Bride from www.Clker.com, which is a site where you can download Royalty Free Clipart.

You can also check out www.Public-Domain-Image.com, OpenClipArt.org, and www.PublicDomainPictures.net.


Step 10: The Text Group

In Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, OpenOffice Draw, Inkscape, Corel Draw and Microsoft Publisher, you are able to freely move an Image anywhere on the canvas. This is also possible in Microsoft Word as long as you first place the Image within a Text Box.
Microsoft Word 2007 Text Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Text Group


To Insert a Text Box, go back to the Ribbon and select the Insert Tab. Then go to the Text Group and select Text Box.


Step 11: Insert Text Box

Microsoft Word 2007 Text Box Options
Microsoft Word 2007 Text Box Options
The Built-In Text Box Window appears.

To the bottom of this window, you will see Draw Text Box.

Select it, then hold down the Left Mouse Button and draw the Text Box on the screen.


Step 12: Insert Picture

Microsoft Word 2007 Illusrations Group Picture Icon
Microsoft Word 2007 Illusrations Group Picture Icon
The Ribbon will change to the Format Tab. Go back to the Insert Tab and click on the Picture Icon in the Illustrations Group. This allows you to insert a Picture from File. It opens up the Insert Picture Window, where you can select your file and then click Insert.

Be certain that your images are in a format that will be recognized by Microsoft Word. These images are saved in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Format.
Beautiful Bride in White Dress Facing Left
Beautiful Bride in White Dress Facing Left


Once the Image has been inserted, Resize it by selecting one of the Circles and holding down the "Ctrl" and "Shift" Keys together, so that you don't get a disproportionate Image.

You will notice that the image is facing the wrong direction. To correct this we need to Flip it.



Step 13: Flip Picture

Microsoft Word 2007 Arrange Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Arrange Group
With the Image selected, go to the Format Tab > Arrange Group.

Microsoft Word 2007 Flip Horizontal Icon
Microsoft Word 2007 Flip Horizontal Icon
Click on the Rotate Icon to open a drop down menu.

Select Flip Horizontal.





Beautiful Bride Flipped Horizontally
Beautiful Bride
Flipped Horizontally
The Flipped Image will look like this:


Step 14: Transparency and Line

Microsoft Word 2007 Format Text Box Menu
Microsoft Word 2007
Format Text Box Menu
Select the Text Box, then Right click over it to reveal another menu.

Select Format Text Box.
Microsoft Word 2007 Format Text Box Window
Microsoft Word 2007 Format Text Box Window

This will open the Format Text Box Window.



















In the Colors and Lines Tab, go to the Fill Section and set Transparency to "100%".

In the Line Section, click on the Down Arrow for Color and select No Color from the Color Window.

Click OK.

The Image now has a Transparent Background.
Microsoft Word 2007 Beautiful Bride Flipped Horizontally on Gradient Filled Oval Background
Microsoft Word 2007
Beautiful Bride Flipped
Horizontally on Gradient
Filled Oval Background
Selecting the Image for moving may be a little tricky, since you can only move it when its Text Box container is selected, which should look like this.



Step 15: Insert WordArt

Go back to the Insert Tab, to insert another Text Box. Once this is done, remember the Ribbon will change to the Format Tab.

Microsoft Word 2007 Text Group
Microsoft Word 2007 Text Group
Go back to the Insert Tab again, look for the Text Group and select the Word Art Icon, which will open up a Word Art Style Menu.
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Gallery
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Gallery


Select Word
Art Style 1
.


Step 16: Format WordArt

Microsoft Word 2007 Edit WordArt Text Window
Microsoft Word 2007 Edit WordArt Text Window
This will open up the Edit Word Art Text Window.

Start typing the text "Bridal Pageant Boutique".

Click the 1st Down Arrow to choose a Font.

In this case the Font is "Advert" which is a Free Font that was downloaded at www.FontFreak.com.

Click on the 2nd Down Arrow to change the Font Size. Set it to "48".

Click Ok.



The Word Art Text should look like this:
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Text with White Fill and Black Outline
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Text
with White Fill & Black Outline


To make the Text Box appear invisible, repeat Step 14 for Transparency and Line.


Step 17: Change WordArt Shape

Select the Text, click the Change Shape Icon from the Word Art Styles Group.
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Change Shape Icon
Microsoft Word 2007
WordArt Change Shape Icon
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Styles Group
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Styles Group

Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Shapes Menu
Microsoft Word 2007 WordArt Shapes Menu







This will open up a drop down menu.

Select the Arch Up (Curve), which is the second shape under Follow Path.

Some of the Text will appear to be cut off.

Don't be alarmed, we will take care of it in the next step.