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In Publisher 2010 Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates how to create professional publications, such as brochures, newsletters, and menus. Using real-world examples, the course includes an overview of the different types of publications available in Publisher, shows how to use Publisher's tools for modifying text, objects, and tables, and explains how to customize layout and design options. Tutorials on performing mail merges and preparing publications for the web and for print are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you start inserting and working with objects in a publication, you can really change the look and feel of your publication by manipulating some of the formatting options for those objects. For example, working with the outline or border that goes around an object, that's what we're going to do right now, working with our TTCatalogue1 publication. Right here, on page 1, you can see we've got a number of objects, some of them with borders, some without. And there's one here, it's a picture, that has a green border while the others seem to have white border, so it's an inconsistent look.
Let's fiddle a little bit with this picture on the right-hand side of page 1. The first step is to select it by clicking once. When we do this, you'll notice the Format tab appears on the Ribbon, under Picture tools, and clicking this tab will give us access to a ton of formatting options, including what's called the picture border. Because we're working with a picture, that's exactly what it's called. Just click the dropdown, and you'll see some scheme colors. These are the colors that are available to us, thanks to the scheme or color scheme that's been chosen for this publication, but we can go to Standard Colors, down below, even choose more colors by selecting this option down below.
But because we want to stick with the scheme and have a consistent look, we can just hover over some of these different options, and you see a live preview. Really, what we want to be consistent is this white color in the top row at the end. So click once to select it, and now it looks like the others. Other things though that we can do, by going back to the Picture Border button, is to choose the weight. Now, you'll see the currently selected weight is set to 6 points. As we hover over these, you can see a live preview in the background. I'm thinking something around 4 1/2 would look better, maybe even 3 points.
So we'll select that. Now if you wanted even more options, you can go back to the Picture Border dropdown, and this time, we're going to go down where we see More Outline Colors, if you need to change the color. Or if you wanted to, go down to Weight and choose More Lines. This just opens up the Format Picture dialog box. Either way, this is what you're going to see, but there are a number of different tabs. Under Colors and Lines, we don't want to fiddle with the fill color. We want to be able to see the picture itself. It's the line color and some of the other line options that we see in this next section.
So if you want to change the weight just slightly, maybe bump it up a little bit, you can use the up arrow, and you can see we're going in quarter-point increments. Let's go to 3.25 and click OK. You really won't see much of a preview here, and you won't see a live preview on your publication. White on white doesn't show up well, but when we click OK, you'll see the change is very subtle, and it's applied to the selected object. We'll just deselect to get a good view of what that looks like. Let's go to page 5 now, by clicking the 4, 5 thumbnail over in the Navigation pane.
We're going to look at these objects down the right-hand side of page 5. We can apply changes to all of these objects at once by selecting them all. So, we'll click the first one. Now, hold down your Shift key on the keyboard as you select or click the remaining three pictures, and we'll go up to the Format tab again, and you can see all those options are still available to us. Another option, if you prefer shortcuts, is just to right-click any one of these selected objects. This opens up a pop-up menu, and we're going to go to Format Picture.
Again, this is going to open up the Format Picture dialog box. We have all of these options available to us for all of the selected objects. We're going to go to the Line section here. Where it says No Color, we'll click the dropdown. There is our scheme colors, No Outline is currently selected; we can access more colors if we don't see one that we like. Let's just start hovering over some of these; maybe a dark green would look good, Accent 3 here. When you click, you'll see a preview over here, not a live preview in your publication. And you can also choose line styles and looks.
We're going to go with the solid Line, so we'll keep that selected. The style, you can see we have different thicknesses, and so on. Let's go to - we'll try 3 points. Here's a little preview over here. It looks pretty good. You can turn it off for the top, bottom, left or right sides if you wanted to, by using these buttons. We want them all selected, because we want the border to go all the way around, And now we're going to click OK to see the change in our publication. Just click to deselect, and that actually looks a little nicer than it did without a border.
So, when you're working with objects - it could be text boxes, could be pictures like we've been working with, every object has a potential for an outline or a border, and you can change things like color, the thickness, the style, and so on, and it'll totally change the look and feel of your publication.
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