Microsoft Word 4th of July Flyer Tutorial
This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a 4th of July Indepence Day Flyer using the Business Application - Microsoft Word.
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
To properly setup your document, go up to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout Tab.
Then in the Page Setup Group, select Size > Letter from the drop down menu.
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.
Now that Document Setup is complete you can start working on the flyer background.
Step 02: Insert Shape - Rectangle
On the Ribbon click on the Insert Tab.
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
On the Format Tab select Edit Shape from the Insert Shapes Group.
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.
We want to totally change this shape by adding multiple arcs to it.
This means we will have to Add New Points.
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.
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.
On the Top Line of the Rectangle move your cursor over the Second Point and drag downward about 1/2 Inch.
Repeat for every other point. So now some segments will be high and some low.
You should be lowering a total of 4 Points on the Top Line and 4 Points on the Bottom.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Step 06: Create Duplicates
To create a copy of this shape, select it and go to the Home Tab.
There you will select Copy from the Clipboard Group.
Then click on Paste twice so that 2 Duplicate Shapes will be created.
They will both be placed in front of the original shape.