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Layering WordArt Over a Graphic


Layering WordArt Over a Graphic

When you have an abstract idea, add WordArt to the mix! For example, combine images and WordArt to create a graphic.

  1. Search local ClipArt gallery and/or Microsoft Online for several images that represent your abstract idea to you and insert them. (Without the context of the presentation or this assignment, would someone know you were trying to represent it?)
  2. On the Ribbon, click the Insert tab.
  3. Find the Text group and click WordArt. A dropdown menu of WordArt styles will appear.
  4. Select a style for your WordArt. Your WordArt will be placed on the slide.
  5. Click the WordArt, and change the text. Notice that the Drawing Tools and Format tab now appear on the Ribbon. Format is already selected for you.
  6. Use the WordArt Styles group as necessary:
    1. Click the Quick Styles dropdown menu to pick a different style.
    2. Click the Text Fill button (looks like a plain letter A) to change the fill color of your word art.
    3. Click the Text Outline button (looks like an A drawn by a pencil) to change the outline of the word art.
  7. Click the Text Effects button (lo oks like a glowing A) to add special effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation, and Transform.
  8. Rotate, resize, and arrange the word art and images as you wish, making the necessary adjustments:
    1. To move an object in front of one or more objects, choose Format?Arrange?Bring to Front, and choose Bring Forward or Bring to Front.
    2. To move an object behind one or more objects, choose Format?Arrange?Send to Back, and choose Send Backward or Send to Back.
    3. To line up several objects evenly, select the objects, choose Format?Align (looks like several rectangles and a left arrow), and then select one of the six types of alignment (Align Left, Align Center, Align Right, Align Top, Align Middle, Align Bottom).
    4. To space several objects evenly apart, select the objects, choose Format?Align (looks like several rectangles and a left arrow), and then select either Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically.
  9. Select all of the objects, right-click, and select Group from the context-sensitive menu to create a single graphic.

Tip: When selecting a piece of WordArt, the Format tab’s Shape Effects button includes some of the same special effects as the Text Effects (Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, and 3-D Rotation) button, but works on the WordArt text box instead of the actual text.

When selecting ClipArt or an image, this button is called Picture Effects.