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|Purred: Mon Jan 28, '08 3:01pm PST |
|Any kitty who has MSWord and Paint on their computers can make a custom fram for their special little furkin's photos. It is fairly easy and I think it's a lot of fun I have listed the steps below. Some of you already know how to use the drawing tools in Word , but I have written this for those of you who are unfamiliar with the drawing capabilities of word. Please feel free to post any questions that you have here, and I will be happy to help you if I can. You, of course can print this so that you can refer to the steps easily while you work on your creations!
Open a new MSWord Document.
1. From the Drawing Toolbar at the bottom of the page click on the rectangle. A large box may appear that says “Create Your Drawing Here” If so, to make things simple, use your cursor to draw a rectangular shape OUTSIDE of that box. (DO NOT draw inside of the “Create Your Drawing Here” box. It just complicates things)
Now you should have a simple rectangle. When you left click on the rectangle, tiny white circles will appear around its perimeter. These are formatting marks. When the circles are visible, you are able to edit the drawing in several ways:
a. Resize: Left click on any of the circles and move your cursor in, out, up down, even diagonally by pulling on one of the corner circles to change its size.
b. Change Fill Color: Right click on the rectangle and from the drop down menu select “Format AutoShape” A window will open with format options. Choose/click on “Colors and Lines. You will see the word “Fill” and beneath that “Color” and to the right of that a small window that displays color choices. (it should be white right now) Click the arrow beside the small color display window and a menu will drop down with several standard color choices. You can click on any of these or you can select “more colors” and a second window opens with more choices. You can then choose “Custom” and a third window will open with a palette on which you can create a new custom color by moving the white cross hair on the palette and the black arrow that runs vertically to adjust the intensity of the color.
c. Change Line Color: (Same steps as for “Fill”) Right click on the rectangle and from the drop down menu select “Format AutoShape” A window will open with format options. Choose/click on “Colors and Lines. Under the words “Fill” and “Color” you will see the word “Line” and beneath that, “Color” and to the right of that a small window that displays color choices. (just like “Fill”) Again, you can choose one of the standard colors or make a custom color. You can also make the line around you rectangle thicker by adjusting the “weight” in the scroll box t the right of color. Use the up/down arrow to increase/decrease the “weight”
2. Insert your photo. From the Windows Toolbar across the top of your screen LEFT click on “Insert” then “Picture” then “File” Your picture files will automatically open. LEFT click on the photo that you want and then LEFT click “Insert” in the bottom right corner of the file window. Your picture will now appear in your word document. When you click on the picture it will have small black or blue boxes around it. You want to get rid of these little boxes so that you can work with the picture more easily.
IMPORTANT: Each time you insert a photo, or picture from your file, or from Clip Art or from Auto Shapes or anywhere else the VERY FIRST THING that you want to do is FORMAT the LAYOUT of the picture or object so that you can work with it. GET RID OF THE SMALL BLUE BOXES. Here’s how:
Left Click on the picture/object to select it. Then
Right Click: A Window will open with some drawing options. Choose “FORMAT Picture” (or if it’s an Auto Shape “Format AutoShape” or “Format Drawing” etc )
The Format Picture Window will open. Click on the tab that says “Layout”. Four Layout options will open in a menu. Click on “In Front of Text” That’s all there is to it, but it is very important. Remember, each time you insert a picture or an object from auto shapes or clip art…get rid of the black/blue boxes FIRST. When the blue boxes change to tiny white circles, then you can edit your picture and move it around the page.
Moving photos, picture, objects: You can move objects by left clicking on them, when the black four directional arrow icon is visible at the tip of your cursor.
Now, if you want or need to you can
Resize your photo: Left click on it to select it, then RIGHT click- Choose “Format Picture”, then the “Size” tab. The Size window will open and you can adjust it to your liking. BE SURE THE BOX “Lock Aspect Ratio” is checked, so that your picture will not be distorted. You can also change the size of your photo by right clicking on it and pulling on the tiny white formatting circles. This technique is fine for auto shapes, and certain Clip Art but I DON’T recommend using it to resize photos because you can easily distort your photo resizing it this way. Too keep it in perfect proportion, use the formatting menu.
The Picture Toolbar- Opens automatically across the top of your screen whenever you click on a picture in your document. If you hover across the buttons tags will open to tell you what each button does.
Crop your photo: When you right click on any photo, picture, or object the Picture Toolbar will appear across the top of our screen. You have many options here. You can insert a picture, brighten, or darken the photo, increase/decrease the contrast, rotate and crop among other options. To Crop, select the picture, by left clicking on it, then click the crop button. Thick black lines intermittent lines will appear around the photo, at which point you can move the corners, thus cropping the photo. If you go overboard on any of these adjustments you can reset your photo to its original state by clicking on the last button on the picture toolbar which is “Reset Picture”
Now that your photo is the sized, you can easily size your frame around it. (the rectangle) Make it as thick as you like. Change the colors. You can even put a thick line around the photo itself by selecting the photo and then using the formatting menus that we have already discussed.
3. You can add pictures from Clip Art. To insert them, click on the “Insert” tab in the Windows Toolbar across the top of your screen, (same as in inserting a photo) Click “Picture”. Then, From Clip Art. The Clip Art Gallery will open. You can enter words in the search engine to locate specific types of pictures ie.: mice or fish, or paw prints etc.
You can also insert basic shapes from the Auto Shapes tool in the bottom left portion of the Drawing Toolbar at the bottom of your screen. Remember-ANYTIME you insert an object…FORMAT the LAYOUT first. (get rid of the black/blue squares)
All of these Auto shapes can be edited to change color size and lines. Use these to decorate your new frame
Note: When you are inserting several objects, word will automatically place the most recent object in front (on top) if you want to change the order of and object left click to select it, then right click to open the options window. Then click “Order” then bring it to the front (on top) or send it to the back (behind the other objects.
If you make a mistake hit Edit in the top left corner of your Windows tool bar and then hit “Undo” and your last action will automatically be undone. You can “Undo” several steps.
4. GROUPING:When you have your custom frame looking just like you want it, Group all of the objects together to make them ONE picture. On your drawing Toolbar at the bottom of your screen in the very left corner you will see a white arrow pointing up. Click on the arrow and then move your cursor to the outside upper left corner of your picture (keep the cursor slightly off of the picture when you do this) . As you move your cursor downward, a dotted line will appear. This is the perimeter of the picture frame that you are creating. You want all of the elements of your picture to be inside of the box that you are drawing with the cursor. When you reach the bottom of your picture frame, move the cursor rightward to the right side of your picture. The grouping tool will continue to draw that dotted line, encompassing all of the elements of your picture frame. When you’ve made a box with everything inside, RIGHT click, and then click “group”
5. Now your picture frame is one object. Copy it and paste it in Paint. Save it as a BITMAP image. If you do not have Paint, you can e-mail it to me and I will save it for you as a Bitmap or a GIF.
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