WordArt is a way of converting text into a graphic. You
can modify this graphic in the same way as you modified your AutoShapes
(covered in earlier issues of this magazine). For example, you can add
or remove 3-D and shadows, move or resize, recolour, rotate, and modify
shape. The fill effect can be a colour, gradient, texture, pattern or photo.
Before creating the WordArt object, display the Drawing
toolbar. To do this, click on View – Toolbars – Drawing.
on the WordArt button on the Drawing toolbar. The
WordArt gallery is displayed.
a style, remembering that you can make changes later.
on OK. The Edit WordArt dialogue box is displayed.
in your text. It is best to keep headings short. Otherwise, they
may become difficult to read. Here you can also change font, size
and style (make it bold, italic or both).
on OK. Your WordArt object now appears on the page.
Tip: if you want to use
existing text in your WordArt object, select the text first. Then click
the WordArt icon. Select a style from the gallery and click OK. The text
you selected will appear in the next dialogue box.
Tip: don’t limit yourself
to Times New Roman and Ariel fonts. Try using Symbol, Webdings, Wingdings
or other “picture” fonts. A WordArt object can be created using a single
character, producing a unique picture.
Tip: If using WordArt for
headings, note they do not appear in a table of contents. This is because
they are a picture and do not have an underlying style.
Now you can modify your object. Changes
Turn 3-D on
or off with the Drawing toolbar.
Modify the 3-D effect.
on or off with the Drawing toolbar.
Modify the shadow including position and colour
to a different colour, gradient, texture, pattern or picture.
Use the WordArt
toolbar to modify the object’s basic shape.
Click and drag the yellow diamond to modify shape.
mouse over the object until it becomes a four-headed arrow. Click
and drag to move the WordArt object.
Use the resizing
handles to change its size and/or proportions.
Use the Rotate
button on the drawing toolbar to rotate the WordArt object.
and choose Format WordArt. Use the Layout tab to change word wrap
wrapping by changing Edit Points, via the Draw menu on the Drawing
WordArt and PowerPoint
WordArt objects can be used successfully in PowerPoint
as part of a title page. The following special effect can make an impact
on your audience.
Find a photo. It preferably needs to be sharp, clear and
distinctive and have a single theme (eg a dolphin, a herd of cattle).
Use the photo as a background (format – background – fill
Create a WordArt object using the word that describes the
background photo (eg Dolphins, Cattle, etc.) Alternatively, use the title
words of the presentation. Whether you want the words readable is up to
you. You may be going for effect only.
The fill effect for the WordArt object needs to be exactly
the same photo as used in the background. Remove any fancy effects from
the WordArt object – shadows, 3-D, etc. Probably the best one to use is
the first one in the gallery.
Experiment time. Move the WordArt object, resize it, rotate
it. Blend it in, or make it stand out. Add or remove lines. Set a transparent
shadow. Have a play and see what you can come up with.
Another alternative is to use a different photo with the
same theme. For example,
different photo of dolphins
photo of the same scene but from a different angle
herd of cattle in one photo and a single cow in the second photo.
This may be a cut-out from the original photo
sunrise and a sunset
characters from the same television series, program or movie
sky and clear blue sky
and country views (eg a city skyline and a farm scene).
and after shots (garden makeovers, home improvements)
WordArt lets you be very imaginative and the above is only
one example you can try. Put on your creative thinking cap and have some
fun with WordArt.
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