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Changing fill and line attributes

From: Publisher 2010 Essential Training

Video: Changing fill and line attributes

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.

Changing fill and line attributes

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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Publisher 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Exploring the possibilities with Publisher
      3m 14s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 41m 12s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 54s
    2. Creating a new publication
      3m 30s
    3. Editing your business information
      4m 40s
    4. Considerations when saving publications
      4m 0s
    5. Adjusting page and print setup options
      4m 48s
    6. Zooming and panning a publication
      4m 45s
    7. Inserting pages and navigating them
      8m 25s
    8. Using Undo and Redo
      4m 10s
  3. 41m 2s
    1. Adding and modifying text in a frame
      5m 30s
    2. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      6m 57s
    3. Setting line spacing
      2m 29s
    4. Using AutoFit and linked text
      3m 46s
    5. Using fine typography options
      4m 40s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      4m 11s
    7. Using AutoCorrect
      4m 48s
    8. Using proofing tools
      6m 32s
    9. Translating text
      2m 9s
  4. 14m 17s
    1. Using the scratch area
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing and inserting shapes
      6m 2s
    3. Manipulating objects
      2m 49s
    4. Deleting objects and frames
      2m 33s
  5. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting pictures
      1m 52s
    2. Using picture frames
      2m 30s
    3. Adjusting picture appearance
      3m 29s
    4. Manipulating pictures
      4m 48s
    5. Adding captions to pictures
      2m 40s
    6. Inserting clip art
      3m 31s
    7. Using WordArt
      3m 14s
  6. 12m 45s
    1. Changing fill and line attributes
      4m 46s
    2. Layering objects
      2m 22s
    3. Selecting and grouping multiple objects
      2m 30s
    4. Aligning and distributing objects
      3m 7s
  7. 15m 34s
    1. Inserting tables and choosing preset formats
      4m 17s
    2. Changing cell formatting and layout
      3m 46s
    3. Adjusting rows and columns
      3m 18s
    4. Working with text in tables
      4m 13s
  8. 27m 41s
    1. Creating and applying master pages
      4m 49s
    2. Changing the page background
      3m 25s
    3. Using templates
      3m 54s
    4. Saving design changes to a template
      3m 19s
    5. Using the Design Checker
      3m 3s
    6. Using building blocks
      4m 19s
    7. Adding headers, footers, and page numbering
      4m 52s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Creating a publication for the web
      1m 43s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks
      4m 23s
    3. Inserting bookmarks
      3m 48s
    4. Running web site checks
      3m 26s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. Creating a recipient list
      2m 29s
    2. Inserting merge fields
      3m 5s
    3. Performing a mail merge
      2m 13s
    4. Performing an email merge
      4m 18s
  11. 14m 34s
    1. Previewing and printing your publication
      4m 0s
    2. Setting commercial print options
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your publication for a commercial printer
      2m 35s
    4. Saving your publication for another computer
      2m 6s
    5. Saving your publication to other formats
      2m 50s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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