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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 insert pictures into a publication in Microsoft Publisher, you may need to manipulate the way text wraps around that image. You may need to crop out certain parts of it. Those are the types of things we are going to talk about now as we manipulate objects in the publication, continuing to work with our brochure. The first thing we can do is just borrow an image. On the first page, in the bottom-right corner of that third panel, you will notice we've got our olive tree. Hold down your Ctrl key. Now click and drag this out to the scratch area. When you let go of the mouse first, you're actually taking the copy of that image, so you can use it on other pages.
That's what we want to do. We are going to go to page 2. Let's say we want to use this image in our center panel in the top paragraph. Well, we just click and drag it from the scratch area, right in there, like so. If you see alignment guides showing up to center it perfect, you can let go. Now let's zoom in to see what's happening. The default is that text is going to wrap around the square itself, or rectangle. So it's all outside the border. Let's just size this down a little bit and move it around, and you'll see the text continues to wrap around the border itself.
Now that's the default, but there are some other options to choose from. With the Home tab selected, we'll go to the arrange group and click Wrap Text. Here you can see square is selected, but as we move down to None, you can see the image appears right on top of the text, and you can't even read some text, so it's not a good option. Square is not bad. Tight should bring it a little bit tighter to the image itself and go inside the border, but if we're not seeing a big difference, we can adjust that. Another option is Top and Bottom.
So you never have text on the sides and Through, you can see now text is going through the image itself. In Line with Text means it's going to be treated like any other character in that paragraph, so as you add more text or remove text, it will move around with the paragraph, and it will always stay with the paragraph, which is a nice feature. Right below that though, is the Edit Wrap Points. So if you want to choose Tight and you want to get a little bit tighter to the tree itself, choose Edit Wrap Points. We can actually adjust those.
There are little handles that we can choose from. Let's say we go to the handle and just drag it up a little bit and drag this one down, drag this one over. If you want to add one, no problem; just click in an empty spot - a new handle is created. You can see things just starting to wrap around the shape of this tree. Bring this one in and over, maybe bring these down a little bit. You'll always see the adjustments as you start moving these things or adding handles and dragging.
There we go, so when we click outside the selected object, you'll see the difference that happens here when we are able to adjust those points. Let's go back to that. We will click again, and we'll go up to Wrap Text, and let's this time choose Top and Bottom. That might be the best option. There we go. It makes it nice and clean, easy to see, and easy to read at the same time. Now the other thing you might want to do is crop out certain parts of this, and you can do that a couple of different ways.
If you right-click the image, you're going to see a pop-up menu, and just above the pop-up menu are some tools, including crop tools and those other tools for adjusting things like contrast and brightness and text wrapping. So it's just a little shortcut. You'll also see, down below Format Picture and when you click that, you might see some options for cropping, Left, Right, Top and Bottom currently set to 0 inches. So none of the images is being cropped. We will click Cancel, because there's another way, and that is to use the Format tab that appears when you select an image like this, the Picture tools.
You'll notice we've got a Crop group over here with a Crop button. So when we click the Crop button, the handles change. These are crop handles now. So we can crop the sides, the top and bottom. We can even go from the corner to crop out height and width. So if we want to bring this up, let's say, from the bottom left corner and in a little bit, we can do that. We do the same from the other corner. And now we're cropping out part of the image. If it's not the part of the image you wanted to crop though, you can go inside and move the image around. You will see the outline of the crop, and then once you got it positioned perfectly, you can let go.
To really see the change, just click anywhere outside the selected object. So that looks a little bit different, thanks to some cropping. So just keep in mind when you do insert pictures into a publication, and you've sized and moved it into position, it doesn't stop there. You can take a few steps further, adjusting how text will wrap around the image, and even cropping out certain portions of the image that you don't want to include.
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