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One of the more useful functions in Publisher is the ability to add Clip Art and other pictures to your publication in order to maximize its overall appearance.
You can add these as well as shapes and picture placeholders by utilizing the functions in the Illustrations group of the Insert tab.
Pictures are a great way to add visual interest to your publication. Depending on what your publication is, a picture may even be necessary. For example, if you are creating an advertisement to sell an object, you would probably want a picture of the object for your audience.
You can insert pictures that you saved to your computer into your Publisher publications. To do this, click the Picture button in the Illustrations group of the Insert tab. This will open the Insert Picture dialog box. From here, you will navigate to the folder that contains the picture you want to insert. When you locate your picture, click on it and then select the Insert button.
The picture will be inserted into your publication. Click on the picture and drag it to the desired location. Use the resizing handles on the sides of the picture to adjust the size of the picture.
While your picture is selected, the Picture Tools Format tab will open with several groups of formatting options for your picture. To review the more useful and frequently used functions within this tab, go to the Publisher 2010 Home tab – Objects tutorial.
Publisher provides you with a Clip Art gallery stocked with hundreds of images that you will find useful for enhancing your publications.
To insert Clip Art into your publication page, you click the Clip Art button in the Illustrations group of the Insert tab. This will open the Clip Art pane in the right hand of the publication window.
You can click into the Search for text box and type words that describe what you are searching for. When you are finished, select Go. You can also use the drop down filter below “Results should be” to search for different media types. You can specify if you want to select from illustrations, photographs, videos and audio.
To add the clip art into your publication, you simply click on the clip art and it will automatically be inserted. To close the Clip Art pane, simply click on the small “x” in the upper-right hand corner of the pane.
You can resize your Clip Art by clicking on it and dragging the handles. To delete it, select the Clip Art and press Delete on your keyboard.
The next function in the Illustrations group of the Insert tab is Shapes. Shapes are one of the best ways to add more color and interest to your publications. There are lots of different kinds to choose from, and they can all be customized using your own color palette, preferences and more.
To get started, locate the Illustrations group on the Insert tab and select the Shapes button. The drop down menu will open with a variety of shapes.
We are going to use the star shape for the Horse Boarding brochure we are working on.
First select the shape, and then click, hold and drag your mouse roughly where you want the shape to go.
Now we can start customizing the shape to fit the style of the project. Use the sizing handles to adjust your shape bigger or smaller. These can be found on the sides and the corners of any shape or object in Publisher. Every shape will also have a green handle that you can drag to rotate in any direction.
The next thing we will do is change the color and, basically, the overall style of the shape. For that, you’ll find everything you need on the Drawing Tools Format tab, which appears anytime you have a shape selected.
The quickest way to add a fill color or an effect would be to use a pre-designed shape style. In the Shape Styles group of the Drawing Tools Format tab, hover your mouse over the different styles for a preview, or open the drop down menu for more. We selected a style from the drop down menu.
Now, we want to bring our text in front of the shape.
Locate the Arrange group in the Drawing Tools Format tab and select Send Backward. From the drop down menu, select Send to Back.
We’ll make a few adjustments to our text, so it presents well with the star shape – centering the text and changing the color and size. As you can see in the image to the right, the shape adds more style to our publication versus having the title of the brochure stand alone.
Review the other functions the Drawing Tools Format tab has to offer.
You can also choose to insert a picture placeholder into your publication. A picture placeholder allows you to allocate space in a page for a picture that you can insert later. To do this, click the Picture Placeholder button in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab.
A picture placeholder will automatically be inserted into your page. You can then move and resize the placeholder as desired.
Later on if you want to insert a picture into the placeholder, you can simply click the insert picture button that appears in the middle of the picture placeholder.
That will open the Insert Picture dialog box where you can navigate to the image you want to insert. Click on the desired picture and select Insert.
The picture will automatically be inserted where the picture placeholder was. Notice in the image below that the picture was inserted with cropping enabled, so you can crop the image immediately.
When you are finished cropping, click outside of the image and the picture will be inserted for you.
This concludes the Illustrations tutorial.
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