Saturday, October 13, 2012

Go Digi...Word!

Have you ever attempted to do a digital scrapbook layout? Or, have you ever wanted to try a digital layout but avoided it because you don't have (or don't know how to use) a software like Photoshop?  Well, the good news is, you can actually go digital...using MS Word.

Here are a few quick tips to help achieve great results when using MS Word to create a digital layout.

Tip # 1: Set all of your margins to 0".  This will allow your background photo to spread across the entire page.

Tip # 2: Drag from the corner when resizing or stretching a photo or shape.  This will allow the image to stretch evenly and prevent skewing wide or tall.

Tip # 3: When adding a text box, change the background and line/border settings to "No Fill" or "No Line."  This will create a transparent background and border, allowing your words to "float" on the page without a box.

Tip # 4:  Layers are important to create dimension.  You can control which images and shapes are in the background or foreground by right clicking the object, then clicking "Order."  There should be a selection of options from which to choose.

Tip # 5: Save often and if possible save as a pdf document to easily share it online or submit it to a professional printer.  If you would like to convert the image to a jpeg, you may have to use a software or online file converter.

Of course, there is a learning curve when developing a new skill.  But, with some practice you can produce excellent results.  Give it a try!

*The layout featured in this post was created entirely in MS Word.  The images used are stock photography.

1 comment:

  1. Great post and tips Aysha, I love us MS Word for creating.



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