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Using text effects and adding impact to a document

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Video: Using text effects and adding impact to a document

The Text Effects Gallery is new in Word 2010, although we saw it in PowerPoint 2007. Text Effects are generally used for titles, headings and decorative document text. There are four types of effects: Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow. And we can combine those effects, using two or more on the same text. The Text Effects Gallery is in the Font group on the Home tab. And it comes with 20 pre-built effect combinations as well as Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow tools.

Using text effects and adding impact to a document

The Text Effects Gallery is new in Word 2010, although we saw it in PowerPoint 2007. Text Effects are generally used for titles, headings and decorative document text. There are four types of effects: Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow. And we can combine those effects, using two or more on the same text. The Text Effects Gallery is in the Font group on the Home tab. And it comes with 20 pre-built effect combinations as well as Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow tools.

Let's take a look first at using some of these prebuilt combinations. The colors that we see in the gallery are based on our document's theme. If you want to know more about Themes, please check out Changing your Document's Theme in Chapter 06. So let's select our first chunk of text, and let's apply this effect. Now as I point to it, it tells me that there is a Fill here that's orange, that there is an Accent color and that there is an Outline that's a Gradient Outline.

Let's apply a different effect. Here is an effect that includes a Gradient Fill. This isn't a solid purple. It's a gradient purple, and also includes Reflection. You'll notice the reflection here on the text. Here we have a combination of effect that includes a Fill, an Outline and a Glow, all three at once. And finally, here we have a Fill, an Outline and a Shadow on the inside of letters an inner shadow.

Four very different ways to present this same two-word phrase in our Word document. One of the reasons that Text Effects are so effective here in Word 2010 is that I can use the same effects on text that I can use on my images. So I have an image here of some olives on a branch. And there has been a Glow effect applied to those. You can tell, you can see the purple glow around it. So if this was a title nearby, I can actually apply a Glow effect to this text as well, in order to make the two of them go together.

So I am going to select Text Effects here, and that's a purple glow, so I'm going to go Glow, and choose a Purple Glow. And notice now how these go together. I also have here a reflection. So let's select this text and make it accompany this picture more closely. I'll choose Reflection, now there are three broad types of Reflections. And this is based on how big they are, on whether it reflects part of the image or the entire image.

So here is a Partial Reflection. Here is a more full Reflection, about half of a Reflection, and then an entire Reflection. If you'll notice on the right, the picture actually doesn't have the entire image reflected, it fades out. So it's much more like one of these than it is like the Full Reflection. And the Reflection is tied up. It actually touches the bottom of the image, whereas this reflection is offset by four points, and this one is offset even further.

So we want one that's touching, that's not the entire image but is partial. Notice now that this effect mirrors the effect that we see in the picture. As well as Reflection and Glow, we have two other effects. We have the ability to outline our text. And we can outline that in any of the theme colors, or we can outline that in the standard color. So let's outline our text here in a blue, this teal, and you'll notice we have a light outline going around our text.

And then finally, let's apply a Shadow. There are Outer Shadows and Inner Shadows. When our letters are large, then Inner Shadows actually are relatively easy to see, but if our letters are relatively thin, like the letters in our text Text Effects, an Outer Shadow is better. There are Shadows that are offset to the left as if the light is coming from the right, and Shadows that are offset to the right as if the light is coming from the left, as well as Shadows that are below and above.

So here is a shadow that appears as if the light is being cast from the left-hand side. To undo any of Text Effects, you simply choose the text and remove the effect. So we can go back to Shadow here, for example, and say we want No Shadow and remove the effect. Or we can choose to apply the effect again or apply other effects. These are the same Text Effects you've come to love in PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. Use Text Effects like these sparingly but strategically to add impact to your Microsoft Word Documents.

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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. Creating placeholder text
      2m 57s
  2. 33m 47s
    1. Using the Word interface
      8m 56s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon
      8m 10s
    3. Customizing the Quick Access toolbar
      3m 10s
    4. Using Word's document tools
      8m 5s
    5. Using the Navigation pane to find words or phrases in a document
      5m 26s
  3. 30m 53s
    1. Managing documents with Backstage view
      4m 42s
    2. Creating a new document from a template
      5m 11s
    3. Making it easy to find and open documents
      3m 59s
    4. Saving a Word document for yourself or others
      7m 1s
    5. Printing a document and choosing a printer
      3m 33s
    6. Setting print options
      6m 27s
  4. 24m 24s
    1. Selecting text using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts
      4m 57s
    2. Rearranging text using Cut, Copy, and Paste
      7m 38s
    3. Undoing and redoing actions
      4m 8s
    4. Finding and replacing text
      7m 41s
  5. 27m 40s
    1. Understanding fonts
      6m 32s
    2. Working with fonts
      5m 29s
    3. Applying basic formatting
      6m 25s
    4. Changing the case of text
      4m 22s
    5. Using text effects and adding impact to a document
      4m 52s
  6. 29m 44s
    1. Aligning and justifying paragraphs
      2m 55s
    2. Changing line spacing
      5m 2s
    3. Using indents and setting tabs
      7m 20s
    4. Creating a bulleted or numbered list
      6m 11s
    5. Keeping text together through page breaks
      4m 2s
    6. Applying shading and borders to paragraphs
      4m 14s
  7. 50m 10s
    1. Power formatting with styles
      7m 34s
    2. Changing a document's theme
      6m 59s
    3. Changing style sets, color sets, fonts, and paragraph spacing
      3m 31s
    4. Applying Quick Styles and clearing formatting
      5m 18s
    5. Creating a Quick Style set
      6m 24s
    6. Using the Navigation pane with styles
      3m 1s
    7. Easily creating a table of contents
      5m 32s
    8. Restricting formatting to a selection of styles
      4m 58s
    9. Creating a multilevel list using styles
      6m 53s
  8. 48m 1s
    1. Creating a table to organize text
      6m 11s
    2. Converting text to tables
      3m 36s
    3. Formatting tables for readability
      4m 8s
    4. Adding and removing columns
      5m 36s
    5. Sorting table data
      5m 19s
    6. Merging, splitting, and formatting cells to create a form
      8m 53s
    7. Converting a table to text
      2m 41s
    8. Inserting an Excel table for calculations and charts
      7m 18s
    9. Using Quick Tables
      4m 19s
  9. 1h 7m
    1. Illustrating documents with pictures, shapes, and clip art
      8m 43s
    2. Positioning, sizing, and cropping graphics
      6m 11s
    3. Wrapping text around graphics
      4m 54s
    4. Laying out text and graphics with a table
      6m 50s
    5. Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos
      4m 30s
    6. Applying special effects to graphics
      5m 4s
    7. Applying styles to graphics
      5m 40s
    8. Illustrating with charts: Inserting a chart from Excel
      8m 26s
    9. Illustrating with diagrams: Using SmartArt
      10m 22s
    10. Illustrating with screenshots: Capturing screenshots from your computer
      3m 17s
    11. Illustrating with WordArt
      3m 35s
  10. 34m 10s
    1. Understanding building blocks
      3m 41s
    2. Numbering pages and applying headers and footers
      6m 56s
    3. Adding cover pages and blank pages
      3m 50s
    4. Using text boxes for document design
      8m 16s
    5. Creating and saving custom headers and footers
      6m 21s
    6. Creating and saving Quick Parts
      5m 6s
  11. 23m 40s
    1. Setting page margins, page orientation, and paper size
      6m 30s
    2. Inserting sections to organize a document
      5m 17s
    3. Using columns
      5m 23s
    4. Using watermarks, page borders, and colors
      6m 30s
  12. 20m 15s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      5m 6s
    2. Setting proofing and AutoCorrect options
      7m 21s
    3. Using the Thesaurus and Research and Translation tools
      7m 48s
  13. 21m 3s
    1. Tracking changes and showing markup
      5m 29s
    2. Accepting and rejecting changes
      4m 35s
    3. Comparing and combining documents
      6m 42s
    4. Coauthoring documents with SharePoint
      4m 17s
  14. 40m 56s
    1. Trouble-free document sharing
      5m 38s
    2. Emailing a document
      4m 4s
    3. Saving a document to a Windows Live drive
      4m 8s
    4. Saving to SharePoint and sharing a document link
      3m 59s
    5. Using Word on the web
      3m 4s
    6. Blogging with a document
      4m 27s
    7. Finalizing and password-protecting a document
      3m 38s
    8. Restricting editing for all or part of a document
      6m 3s
    9. Digitally signing a document
      5m 55s
  15. 25m 18s
    1. Changing Word options
      5m 42s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon
      7m 22s
    3. Creating and playing a macro
      8m 8s
    4. Assigning a macro to the Ribbon
      4m 6s
  16. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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