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

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

Then in the Page Setup Group, select Size > Letter from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Size Options - Letter
Microsoft Word 2010 Size Options - Letter

Click on Margins and select Narrow from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Margins Options - Narrow
Microsoft Word 2010 Margin Options - Narrow

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

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

In the Illustrations Group select Shapes to reveal a drop down menu

Microsoft Word 2010 Shapes - Rectangle
Microsoft Word 2010 Shapes - Rectangle

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.
Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape

Select Edit Points from the Drop Down menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points
Microsoft Word 2010 Edit Points

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

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 - Copy
Microsoft Word 2010
Clipboard Group - Copy

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

Microsoft Word 2010 Clipboard Group - Paste
Microsoft Word 2010
Clipboard Group - Paste

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

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