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From a new interface to timesaving content galleries, the latest version of Word brings a lot to the table. Instructor David Rivers explains each of its new features and attributes, from understanding and navigating its new interface, to using new formatting controls and extensive page layout techniques. Whether new to Word or wanting to learn about the new version, Rivers gives insight for increased productivity and professional documents with Word 2007. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
Nothing changes the document and makes it more fun and interesting to look at then when you add graphics. Some graphics, pictures, images, what ever you want to call them. They often make a document more pleasing to the eye, illustrate a point or simply make a boring document more interesting and in Word you can add digital photos, drawings, scanned images, clip art and the list goes on. In this first lesson about working with illustrations we'll add some clip art to document and a digital photo that was taken with a digital camera.
We'll also make some adjustments to the images to make them look just right for our document. So let's open one that's been started. We'll go to the Office button, click Open, we'll need to navigate to the lesson 17 folder in your exercise files, find the lesson 17 folder, and that's where we'll find newsletter 17A. Right here, give it a click and then open it up. OK, so this is not a bad looking document. It has some formatting, you can see a nice background. Let's just scroll down a little bit here.
We've got a featured recipe on page 1 and it might be nice to just add a little image here next to our recipe title. So that's where I want you to click, we'll just click down here and around our title, doesn't really matter because we can adjust the image afterwords, for we do need to go to the Insert tab and you can see under Illustrations here we've got Picture, Clip Art, Shapes SmartArt and Chart. You already worked with charts. So we got talk about the rest, starting with clip art. We'll give that a click. So right away the Clip Art pane opens up over here on the right-hand side.
You can see we can search through selected collections, look for all kinds of media file types. So they could be movies, they could be pictures, JPEGs, GIFs, you name it. In the Search For fields right here, I'm going to search for well, it might make sense if we put something in here that had to do with food, don't you think? So let's do that. Let's type in the word "food" here and click Go. Do you want to include thousands of additional clipart images and photos from Microsoft Office Online when you search? So if you're connected to the Internet, you get a ton more choices and you can change this setting any time.
I'm going to say no and just see what we've got here installed with Microsoft Word. And we do have a few that relate to food like this cornucopia right here. You'll notice it has a little drop down arrow as we hover over these images, and we can click the drop down to see the choices, which are to Insert, Copy, Delete from Clip Organizer, if wanted to. Move it around to another selection, but we are going to click Insert. Right, so there it goes, right where our cursor was. Maybe not the best spot for it.
So we can move it around and change some things. So if I try to click and drag it right now you can see I'm having difficult, it won't let me. I can move it up over a line. It's kind acting like a piece of text, so there are some options that we need to talk about like, for example, what about how the text wraps around our image? Right now it doesn't seem like we can get it wrapping around our image at all. So we have very little control. However, if you look at the ribbon, look what's happened up here. Your Picture Tools is selected and the Format tab is the current tab that selected on the ribbon itself.
So, over here in the Arrange group, we've got text wrapping and I'm going to click that one. And you can see this quite a few choices. Right now it is In Line with Text. That's why it's being treated like a character in a line of text. While we can have text go around it in the shape of the square that we see, it could be tight to the actual shape of the image, not the box around the image. We can have our image behind our text, in front of our text so the text goes through it underneath, just the top and bottom and Through is another example. I'm going to click Through and as soon as I do that, notice that everything gets readjusted nicely and my images over here, I can actually move it around quite easily and it will go right through my text and you can see how the text goes to the other side of my image.
So right over here might be a good spot and this image also has some sizing handles and so on. So I can change the size by clicking and dragging a handle. I can click inside and move it. This little button up here at the top allows me to rotate it if I wanted to. And once I've got it where I want, I just click outside the image to deselect it. Now, I think maybe we can do better, there might be a better image to work with that this cornucopia. So let's click on it. Now to remove an image from your document, you just hit your Delete key on the keyboard. Gone like that. Right.
Let's see if we can get one that set makes more sense and I have provided an image for you. So what we're going to do is go back to Insert and this time we're going to choose Picture. So it's not clip art, necessarily. You'll need to navigate to, you got it, our lesson 17 folder. Once you get there, double click that folder to open it up and we'll click on the cake logo. Click Insert. And the same thing happens that happened with our previous image.
So we'll come up to Text Wrapping, we'll choose through, we'll move it over to the right here little bit, let's size it down if we need to. And I think that's good right there. So we'll deselect by just clicking outside of the image itself All right, let's have another picture now, but this time we'll use a digital photo. So let's move back up to the top of the document where is says "From the editor" and just click after that. That's around the area where we want this next image to go.
We'll go up to our Insert tab on the ribbon and choose Picture again. Now you shouldn't have to navigate to the lesson 17 folder because you're already there from the last image we brought it but there's a picture of the author. So we'll click on that and we'll click the Insert button. OK, that's way too big and it's not in the right spot. I'm going to start just by sizing it down a little bit. There we go. Now, it's kind of okay, but you see how it's affecting my text. Again, I want to adjust the text wrapping. I'm going to go over here.
My favorite's always Through because I have full control over exactly where it's going to go. So that might be a good spot right there. I might even make it a little bit smaller. Just to give people the idea who the editor is for this particular newsletter. And once we've got it in there and kind of adjusted to where we want it to be, in general, we can really spice up this photo itself because Word provides a number of tools built right into Word to work with the image itself. For example, here under Adjust, we've got Brightness, Contrast, Recolor, all kinds of cool things.
I'm going to click on Brightness first of all, and let's change that setting to +10 and so we're going to bump up the brightness a little bit. OK. That changes it slightly. Lets adjust the contrast the same way here. We'll click on Contrast and bump it up to 20% and you can see is we hover over these, we get a real-time preview or a live preview of what we're about to select. So give it a click, that looks good. Because images like digital photos, especially ones that were taken with cameras that have a high megapixel rating, might be fairly large in size, we may want to compress them so that they don't take up a lot of space on our hard drive.
And they are just little clips that are going to be part of a bigger document. So we can go up to Compress Pictures, give that a click and you can see we can apply to all of our pictures in this document or just the selected picture. So we give that a click and then click OK. That'll decrease the actual size and the amount of space it takes up on my hard drive. The other thing we can do is change the picture style, and we've got a Picture Styles group here and we got some samples to choose from. And as we hover over them, you see what happens, like the simple white frame.
This was kind of beveled. And we come over here to the metal frame. Here, we don't have a frame, but we've got bit of a drop shadow so it makes the photo seem to come off the page a little bit. Over here we've got another kind of shadow, it's more of a reflection coming off the bottom, so as if we were looking at reflection just below the picture. I'm going to go over to my drop down here and click it to see that there's quite a few other choices. So I'm going to choose this one here with the black frame. I kind of like it. And as we hover over these, by the way, you see little pop-up telling you a little bit about this.
This is a thick matte, that's maybe too thick, so I'm going to come down here. I've got a moderate frame with a black border and I'm going to give that a click. So you can see what happens now. It just goes around the outside of my image. I can still size that down if I need to now and the frame is adjusted with it. Now we can also adjust some of the picture effects and I like this. Over here, still in the Picture Styles group, is a Picture Effects button. So we got some presets here and you can see a lot of them kind of have a 3-D effect to them. We've got some shadows and reflections, similar to some of the options we saw in the picture styles.
We can add glows, we can do Soft Edges and Bevel and on on, all way down here to 3-D rotation because we had some really cool ones here. I going to choose the last one in the second row here. It's kind of cool and you can see is we hover over them, we get a live preview. So this one kind of looks cool right here. It's Off Axis 2 and left, so I give it a click, and that change happens right there in my document. Also under Picture Effects, we can do some shadow stuff.
So let's go to our Picture Effects. We'll go down to Shadow, we can give this a shadow if we wanted to, and as we hover over these you can see we've got, in the outer section, we've that nine choices, we've got Inner and then we got perspective down below. And this second one you can see kind of has a shadow going behind it as if this is a frame that standing up. I like that. So I'm going to click it. Good. We have other options too, with the picture shape, picture border and under Picture Effects, you saw all of those including the presets that show up here on the pop out.
Okay so this looks good and I just deselect it by clicking in my document and I've added a picture of the editor with some special effects. Very nice. We has some very simple and easy to use picture editing tools right in Word and at our fingertips, thanks to this ribbon. Next we'll try working with some shapes.
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