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Combining Images and Shapes

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Mar 26, 2010 09:58


Combining Images and Shapes

Combine several images or shapes; make a collage! For example, it may be hard to find an ClipArt "out-of-the-box" for a presentation called “Email Safety: Avoiding Emotional Injury in the Workplace”, but you create layer ClipArt into something new.

  1. Search Microsoft Online for the photos pictured on the right and place checkmarks next to them.
  2. Add these images to your ClipArt gallery.
  3. Insert the hard hat first.
  4. Select the Picture and the Picture Tools Format tab will appear on the Ribbon.
  5. Click on the Format tab.
  6. Under Picture Styles, choose Rotated, White. The image will be rotated with a thick white border. (If the border seems too thick, undo, make the image larger, and try again.)
  7. Now insert the @ symbol.
  8. Select the Picture and choose Format→Picture Styles→Soft Edge Oval Picture Style. The image will be cropped around the @ symbol.
  9. Drag the symbol on top of the hard hat (resizing and rotating if necessary) and Group the two together. You will have a new email safety graphic.
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Tip: For quick and easy formatting of pictures and ClipArt, you can use the Format tab’s Picture Styles. You can use Picture Shape (to the right) to change the shape, and/or Picture Border to add a border as well. The Picture Effects button has quick special effects that will be discussed in the next section.

If you would like detailed formatting options, click the Format Shape button (lower right-hand corner of Picture Styles group) to open the Format Shape dialog.

Look at recent conference schedule or a list of professional development offerings and select a presentation title. What are some examples of images could you combine to represent that session?

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