Awesome Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
- Awesome Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
- What will we learn?
- Example 1: Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
- Example 2: Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
- Here are the steps to follow
- Page Setup
- Add shapes
- Wrap Text
- Position shape
- Edit Points
- Adding Images to Shapes
- Create images (if applicable)
- Group Objects
- Add logos
- Remove Image Background
- Add Address Block (text blocks)
- Header and Footer
- Presto – You have and in awesome letterhead that Pops
Free Microsoft Office Tutorials
In this tutorial I show you how to add some professional effects to create letterheads that Pop. You don’t need Indesign or Photoshop to create these effects. They can be done quite simply in Microsoft Office. There are hundreds of templates available for letterheads and the basic set up for a letterhead is quite simple. But if you want something that is really going to make your company stand out why not consider developing a letterhead that is different, appealing and professional.
TOP TIP. Use the same design features for your letterhead, business cards, envelopes, invoicing and all stationery and you will be adding a really professional touch to your organisation.
I’m going to outline the basic principles below and supply two videos to give you some extra help.
Of course the templates for these two files are available for download free of charge and a change to suit your needs if that is your desire.
There are many new skills to learn here and as each version of Microsoft office is released there is greater functionality that unleashes greater design capability.
What will we learn?
Header and Footer layer
Download the free templates
Example 1: Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
Example 2: Letterheads that Sparkle and Pop
Here are the steps to follow
These steps apply to both of the letterheads
On the Page Layout Tab choose the Page Set up group and click the little arrow in the corner.
On the Paper tab set the paper size to A4.
The Illustration below shows the margin settings for the document. Note that the top margin is very large. The reason for this is that we are going to put the header and all the information into the Header and Footer layer of the document. This is the information about your company. It contains your logo and will rarely change so we don’t want people to touch this content. In a nutshell the top margin should be approximately 6 cm and the left and right margin 3 cm.
Add a shape to the top of the page. Insert / Shape /Rectangle. Cover about 15% of the canvas at the top with the shape. Add another shape at the bottom about 2cm high across the page.
You must set the Wrap Text option for all objects that you put onto your canvas.
On the Drawing Tools tab choose Format and in the Arrange group choose Wrap text use the setting Behind Text/In Front of Text/Tight depending on the shape.
You must set the Position for all objects that you put onto your canvas. This tells Microsoft Word how you want your shapes to deal with one another and into react with your text.
On the Drawing Tools tab choose Format and in the Arrange group choose Position/More Layout Options/Horizontal set to Relative/Vertical set to Relative/Un-tick Move with Text Layer.
Select Drawing Tools / Format / Edit Shape /Edit Points. Tip: Only work with the corners; don’t add extra points on the sides. Move the points to make the shapes change to suit your needs.
Adding Images to Shapes
Choose Drawing Tools / Format /Shape fill/Picture/Locate your picture/OK
Create images (if applicable)
If you wish to create your own special picture or just use part of a picture of that is available to you then follow the steps below. I you do this all the time when I see something in a picture or piece of clipart and just want to take out a little piece from it.
You can use your own images or use those that Microsoft provides royalty free. On the Insert tab choose Online Pictures or ClipArt depending on the version of Microsoft you’re working with. Type in the category click on the picture then click on your page for it to be inserted.
Crop the picture to suit.
Recolor the picture to suit.
Remove the background if necessary.
In your Windows search box type Snipping Tool
Here is a link to the Snipping Tool tutorial.
Import image to shapes as described above (if applicable)
We want all of our objects on the canvas to be grouped together so that they will move as one block. We also do not want them to move when we adjust our margins of the document. Grouping will help to achieve this along with the Position and Text wrap settings that you added earlier.
Hold down the Shift key and click on each object until they are all selected. On the Drawing Tools tab choose Format and in the Arrange group choose Group/Group.
Now it is time to add your logo. You can use your company logo. In the two demonstrations on this article I have used clipart logos from Microsoft office.com. If you are going to put your logo on top of the shape it would be advantageous to remove the background from this logo first.
Don’t forget to add your logo to the group.
Remove Image Background
Click on your image and choose Picture/Format/Remove Background. With logos this should be quite easy. However if you were removing a background form a more complex picture you would have to Mark Areas to Keep / Areas to Move and then when you are happy with the finished product choose the option to Keep Changes.
Add Address Block (text blocks)
The Address Block is a text box. To add a text box choose the Insert/Text group/Text Box/choose from the built-in or choose the option Draw Text Box. You can now add your specific details and format the text area to suit your needs. Don’t forget to add this text box to the group of objects.
We do not want all the work that you have done so far to be damaged so we’re going to move it to the header and footer layer of your document where it is not easily accessible.
Click on any shape and the whole group should be activated, Right Click/Cut/now go to the Insert tab and choose Header/Edit Header and paste in your group of shapes/Realign your shapes to exactly fit the page. For the very fine adjustment at the end you may need to use the arrow keys.
Presto – You have and in awesome letterhead that Pops
This tutorial as outlined some skills that will help you in manipulating shapes and creating awesome effects in your documents. It may take a little bit of practice to get used as some of these concepts but once you master them they will be long term friends that will help you out in all sorts of situations.
Remember learning is a gift that many people forget to unwrap.
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