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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.
Certain publications will not likely be printed and instead viewed online or onscreen in an electronic format. In those cases, you might consider adding a page background, so you can fill up the page and make it more attractive, knowing that you're not going to be sending it to a printer and using up all your ink or toner. We're going to continue to work with our postcard here as we explore working with backgrounds, and we're on page 2. So when we go up to the Page Design tab. You'll notice the very last group is Page Background, and we're going to go to the Background button, which actually is a dropdown. And you'll notice that we've got some options here, and they're grouped to No Background.
We have solid backgrounds, and as you hover over these you're going to see a live preview of what that might look like if you were to make the selection, and we also have some preset gradient backgrounds that you could choose from. This horizontal one is not too bad, Accent 2, and you can see a nice effect that you're going to get. But again, typically something you wouldn't want to print and use up all your ink or toner. If you're looking for something more specific, you can also go to More Backgrounds. This opens up a dialog box, and you'll see that Fill Effects dialog box here, allowing you to choose gradients, textures for your background, patterns.
You could even add pictures, if you wanted to select a picture to be used in the background, and there is also a tint. So let's go back to Gradient for a moment, and choose the number of colors. We'll go to two colors. By default, you're going to see black and white, and you're going to see the variants and a sample down in the bottom right-hand corner. There is no live preview when working with the dialog box. So let's say we want to change the colors to maybe a nice dark gold and something a little bit lighter.
And then we could change the shading style; maybe Diagonal down is a good effect, and choose this one here in the bottom left-hand corner of the variants. You'll see the sample. When you click OK, it's applied to this single page only, in this case Page 2. Let's go to page 1 now and try something different. We'll go back to the Background button and select More Backgrounds. This time, we'll go to Texture. You'll see some preset textures to choose from, as you scroll down the list. There is an extra row down there.
So if you wanted a wood background, maybe a marble background, for example. And we've got some cloth, or weaves, and so on. So, if you find something that you like here it's just a matter of selecting it, you'll see the sample and click OK, and it's applied. If you want to change it, just go back to the Background button, select one of the presets or click More Backgrounds. If you'd rather go for a pattern, you could choose a pattern. You'll see a sample with the default colors, which you can change the foreground and background colors if you wanted to. And once you have got it, click OK to have it applied.
So many different options when it comes to applying a background to your publication. Just keep in mind that typically these are not publications that you would want to print and use up a lot of ink or toner, using an inkjet or a laser type printer. These are typically for publications that are going to be viewed online or in some kind of electronic format onscreen.
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