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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 it comes to working with text in Publisher 2010, you're going to find some fairly rich typography functionality that's built-in, and we're going to take a look at that now. We're going to continue to work with our flyer. If you're getting caught up, its flyer5.pub. You'll find that in the exercise files. And we're going to focus over here on the right-hand side of our page, where we do see a listing of some different oils. Let's just zoom in, so we have a very good look at this area here, and probably up around 110% is good.
Next, we're going to just click inside the text box, and then we're going to click and drag to select all of the text. And when we do this, you'll notice what happens up here in the Ribbon. There's a Format tab that appears under Text Box tools, and when we click this, you're going to see a section here for typography. This includes drop caps and number styles, ligatures and stylistic sets, but sometimes many of these features will not be accessible, depending on the font you're using. So we go over here and look at the font in the Font group. It's really a mix of fonts. So all you've to do is click the font name dropdown.
Let's try one, like Gabriola is a good one. You'll notice all of those buttons become available to us in the Typography group. Our text is still selected. It's been changed to the new font, and now we're going to experiment with some of these options. First of all, we're going to go to the stylistic sets you can choose from. When you click the dropdown, you're going to see the default, and then you're going to see some variations of that style. And they are very slight, but you can see, if you look closely, there are some differences. And as you hover over these, you can see in the background, some shifting of your text.
So once you found one that you want to use, you simply select it to change over to that stylistic set. Then there's something called swashes. If we zoom in a little bit further now into our text, just so we can see what it looks like, you can see Gabriola is a fairly fancy font. And there already are some swashes of our font, but when we go to the Swash button and give it a click, you're going to see some slight changes. Now when we go to the Alternates, for example, you can see when we hover over that what it looks like to choose an alternate stylistic set.
Let's go back to our stylistic sets and click the dropdown and choose a different one. And again, as we hover over these, we see slight variations and changes in our text in the background. You can also adjust ligatures, and a ligature is basically when you get a couple of characters that are back to back, what happens to them? Is there space between them? Certain characters will almost fuse together into a single character when you use ligatures, you can see Standard option enables ligatures to improve text readability.
That's the whole point. And then you can choose not to use Ligatures at all. By default, this is probably turned on, so we'll Standard only. And the other thing you can do is work with drop caps. When you click the Drop Cap dropdown, you're going to see some options to choose from, and it really doesn't apply to our selected text, but as we hover over these, you're going to see what happens. Think of those fairy tales that start with "Once upon a time," and the O is a very large character called a drop cap. If you see something you like, go ahead and select it, but if you don't see something you like, you can actually go down to Custom Drop Cap.
When you select that, you'll get the dialog box showing up that gives you some options. You can see dropped with a paragraph wraps around. You can see where it's raised, or up, and then you can choose the number of lines as well. That's another option. Let's try Up. You'll see a preview over here on the right-hand side. You can see size of the letters, in this case, its defaulted to the 4 lines high, but we could drop that down a little bit if we want it to. And you can also choose the number of letters that are going to be dropped. By default, it's the first letter of the first word, but you can increase that if you wanted to, to two or three, and you can see the effect in the Preview pane.
Let's drop that back down to 1, and down below, you can see we're using the current font. If you want to change the font, you just simply deselect that, which allows you to choose a different font. Same thing goes for the style and the color. Let's deselect the Use current color, and change this to a nice olive green, and when we click Apply, you can see what happens in the background. Let's click OK. We'll deselect to see what that looks like. And if it doesn't make sense, it's a simple matter of clicking undo to go back to where we were with our stylistic sets and swashes.
We'll deselect to see the end result clearly, and now you know that you've got some very fine and rich typography options available to you in Publisher 2010.
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