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This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a 4th of July Indepence Day Flyer using the Business Application - Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word 2010 4th of July Independence Day Flyer
4th of July Independence Day Flyer

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Steps

01: Document Setup
02: Insert Shape - Rectangle
03: Edit Points
04: Smooth Points
05: Rotate Shape
06: Create Duplicates
07: Edit Shape Fill
08: Edit Shape Outline
09: Group Objects
10: Free Font
11: Insert Text
12: Text Fill & Outline
13: Royalty Free Clipart
14: Insert Image
15: Format Text
16: Insert Shape - Star
17: Shape Effects - Glow
18: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

Microsoft Word 2010 Page Layout Tab - Page Setup Group
Microsoft Word 2010 Page Layout Tab - Page Setup Group
To properly setup your document, go up to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout Tab.







Microsoft Word 2010 Size Options - Letter
Microsoft Word 2010
Size Options - Letter
Then in the Page Setup Group, select Size > Letter from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Margins Options - Narrow
Microsoft Word 2010 Margin Options - Narrow
Click on Margins and select Narrow from the drop down menu.

This sets the Top, Bottom, Left and Right Margins to 0.5" each.

Next click Orientation and select Portrait from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Orientation Options - Portrait
Microsoft Word 2010
Orientation Options - Portrait





















Now that Document Setup is complete you can start working on the flyer background.


Step 02: Insert Shape - Rectangle

Microsoft Word 2010 Illustrations Group - Shapes
Microsoft Word 2010 Illustrations Group - Shapes
On the Ribbon click on the Insert Tab.








Microsoft Word 2010 Shapes - Rectangle
Microsoft Word 2010 Shapes - Rectangle
In the Illustrations Group select Shapes to reveal a drop down menu.

Click on the Rectangle (1st Icon in the Rectangle Section).

Draw a Rectangle on the Page.


Step 03: Edit Points

Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape
On the Format Tab select Edit Shape from the Insert Shapes Group.

Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points
Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points
Select Edit Points from the Drop Down menu.






4 Edit Points represented by Black Squares will be visible at the 4 corners of the Rectangle.

Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points on Rectangle
Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points on Rectangle
We want to totally change this shape by adding multiple arcs to it.

This means we will have to Add New Points.


Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points Menu - Add Point
Microsoft Word 2010
Edit Points Menu - Add Point
Place your cursor at the Center of the Top 2 Points. The cursor will change to a Plus Sign with a Square at its midpoint.

Right click and select Add Point from the pop up menu that appears.
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle Add New Point
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle Add New Point










Continue to Add points at the perceived center of 2 points, so that you'll have 9 Points on this Top Line of the Rectangle. Repeat this process to add to the Bottom Line of the Rectangle.
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle with Added Points
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle with Added Points


On the Top Line of the Rectangle move your cursor over the Second Point and drag downward about 1/2 Inch.
Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points Lowered Segment
Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points Lowered Segment


Repeat for every other point. So now some segments will be high and some low.
Microsoft Word 2010 Line with Adjusted Segments
Microsoft Word 2010 Line with Adjusted Segments


You should be lowering a total of 4 Points on the Top Line and 4 Points on the Bottom.
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle with Adjusted Line Segments
Microsoft Word 2010 Rectangle with Adjusted Line Segments


Notice what was once a rectangle is no more. Now we can add curves to all points with the exception of the Corner Points.


Step 04: Smooth Points

Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Point Menu Smooth Point
Microsoft Word 2010
Edit Point Menu Smooth Point
Move your cursor over the 1st Point to which we'll be adding a Curve.

Right click and select Smooth Point from the menu that appears.
Microsoft Word 2010 Curved Line Segment
Microsoft Word 2010
Curved Line Segment


The segment now takes on a curved appearance.





After making the adjustments to the remaining Points, the edited shapes no longer looks like the rectangle you started off with.
Microsoft Word 2010 Edited Rectangle Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Edited Rectangle Shape


Step 05: Rotate Shape

Next we need to Rotate this shape. Select the Image and move your cursor over the Green Circle so that it changes to a Rotation Arrow.
Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Shape


While holding down your mouse button Rotate the shape to the Left until Two of the Corners touch the side of the page. Don't worry about the other Two, we will make adjustments to them.
Microsoft Word 2010 Rotated Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Rotated Shape


Microsoft Word 2010 Move Top Line Segment
Microsoft Word 2010
Move Top Line Segment
Select the Top Right Point and drag toward the edge of the page.

Repeat for the Bottom Left Point.











The Custom Ribbon Shape should now look like this:
Microsoft Word 2010 Custom Ribbon Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Custom Ribbon Shape


Step 06: Create Duplicates

Microsoft Word 2010 Clipboard Group - Copy
Microsoft Word 2010
Clipboard Group - Copy
To create a copy of this shape, select it and go to the Home Tab.

There you will select Copy from the Clipboard Group.
Microsoft Word 2010 Clipboard Group - Paste
Microsoft Word 2010
Clipboard Group - Paste


Then click on Paste twice so that 2 Duplicate Shapes will be created.




Microsoft Word 2010 2 Duplicated Shapes
Microsoft Word 2010 2 Duplicated Shapes


They will both be placed in front of the original shape.


Step 07: Edit Shape Fill

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group - Shape Fill
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group - Shape Fill
Now we will change the Fill and Outline Colors of each shape.

Select the Shape in the foreground and go to the Format Tab and select Shape Fill from the Shape Styles Group.



Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill - More Fill Colors
Microsoft Word 2010
Shape Fill - More Fill Colors
This reveals a Color Options Menu.

There are a variety of Blues for you to choose from.

However, since the selection is not the best for this 4th of July Flyer, we'll create a Custom Blue.

Select More Fill Colors.









Microsoft Word 2010 Colors Window Standard Tab
Microsoft Word 2010 Colors Window Standard Tab
This opens the Colors Window which has Tabs for Standard and Custom Colors.

In the Custom Tab set Red to 14, Green to 21 and Blue to 162 and click OK.
Microsoft Word 2010 Colors Window Custom Tab
Microsoft Word 2010 Colors Window Custom Tab


Step 08: Edit Shape Outline

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group - Shape Outline
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group - Shape Outline
Now we need to make this change to the Shape Outline. Select Shape Outline from the Shape Styles Group.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Outline More Colors
Microsoft Word 2010
Shape Outline More Colors
In the Color Options Menu select More Outline Colors.

Change the figures for Red, Green and Blue, then click OK.
Microsoft Word 2010 Blue Top Layer of Ribbon
Microsoft Word 2010 Blue Top Layer of Ribbon















Now you have a Blue Top Layer of the Custom Ribbon Shape.



















Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill White
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill White
Next select the Middle Layer, and change the Shape Fill to White, which you'll find in the Theme Colors Section.

Repeat for the Shape Outline.
















Now you have a White Middle Layer of this Custom Ribbon Shape.
Microsoft Word 2010 White Middle Layer of Ribbon
Microsoft Word 2010 White Middle Layer of Ribbon


























Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Red
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Red
Now for the Bottom Layer, set both its Fill and Outline Color to Red.

Here we'll use the first Red Color in the Standard Colors Section.

The Bottom Layer of this Custom Ribbon Shape is now Red.
Microsoft Word 2010 Red Bottom Layer of Ribbon
Microsoft Word 2010 Red Bottom Layer of Ribbon













Now you can use your arrow keys to make some minor adjustments to each shape so that they line up correctly with the page.

Microsoft Word 2010 MultiColored Ribbon
Microsoft Word 2010 MultiColored Ribbon
So you should have something that looks close to this.