WordArt. WordArt allows special effects to information typed. It can include symbols, lines of texts or single words.
- Click on INSERT tab and find the Text Group on the far right side.
- Find the icon for WordArt which should be labeled and usually displays a capital letter “A” tilted slightly. Click on the icon.
- The WordArt gallery with a styles menu.
- Choose any design that appeals to you. The style can be changed later.
- A box appears with the words “Your Text Here.”
- When you click in the text box above, the words highlight and you can type whatever you wish for your WordArt. To illustrate this and to give you a little practice, type: your first and last name in the box. Your name may take up two lines but you will be making changes later.
1). In the example, instead of typing my name, I typed Hello Kitty. What isn’t showing in this illustration is that a text box surrounds the name that was inserted.
2.) Rotation. The text box has small circle on the four corners and in the center of each of the sides of the box. At the top center there is a vertical line that extends upward with a slightly larger circle at it’s top. This item is a rotation tool. When the mouse is clicked on that top circle and held by the left mouse button, it can be rotated 180 degrees.
- The rotation tool is available any time. The rotation is just one of the applications of word art.
- Once the information is inserted in the text box, a new tool bar called Drawing Tools appears.
- See the illustration below.
What do each of these Groups do?
(For more information other than what follows, click on the (?) in the upper right corner. This is the HELP menu. Click on help with WordArt.)
- The shape styles allow for different whole shapes such as oval, rounded, corners, dark colors, light colors and various other themes.
- When the mouse hovers over a design, a screen tip appears that lists the Color Filled and Accent Number.
- The WordArt shape can be changed at any time.
- This is the same Word Gallery seen when WordArt was selected. When the mouse hoovers over a choice, a screen tip appears with the type of color and accent.
- If the WordArt is selected, the style can be changed at any time.
- Notice that choices include shadowing, open letters, thin letters, and thick letters.
- In the Size box, the Height/Width can be changed by selecting any textbox. This can be WordArt Boxes, Text boxes, Graphics, Pictures, etc.
- When the object is selected, the size of that object will be indicated in this icon.
- If a picture was to be inserted in a document and it needed to be a certain size, select the picture and change the size that is indicted.
- If text boxes are being used in an illustration and the text boxes should all be the same size, click on each text box and make sure that the sizes are the same.
- To adjust the size and width of any textbox, use the up and down arrows inside the size box.
Shape Fill, Shape Outline, Shape Effects
- The Shape Fill, when selected, shows this pull down menu.
- You have choices of fill (theme) colors – each color has a screen tipStandard Colors – more intense colors – primary colors,
No Fill – which is used to remove any color previousy used,
More colors – which provides a color wheel with mixtures of colors, Picture – fill the shape with a particular picture
Gradient – another pull down menu choice displays different grades or intensities of color,
Texture – such as crumpled paper, linen-like, stones. Etc.
- Experiment with different fill or background choices
- The Shape Outline, when selected, shows this pull down menu.
- Much like the Shape Fill above, the choices apply just to the outline of theshape, not the interior of the shape.
- Other choices of More Outline Colors (similar to Shape Fill),Weight – when selected, shows a pull down menu that allows for various thicknesses of the line used for outlining the shape
Dashes – when selected, shows a pull-down menu of various line dashes that would outline the outside edges of the textArrows – when selected, shows a pull-down menu of arrows that can be used to outline shape.
- Shape Effects, when selected, lists different available shapes.
- Each of the available shapes have arrows indicating otherpull-downmenus called sub-menus with more effects.
- This example shows the sub-menu for Preset.
Text Fill, Text Outline, Text Effects
These choices effect the text inside the text box.
- The Text Fill, when selected, shows this pull down menu.
- The top half shows Theme colors and Standard colors.
- The bottom half has: No Fill, used to delete any color in the text.More Fill Colors – which provides a color wheel with mixtures of colors,
Gradient – another pull down menu choice displays different grades or intensities of color.
- The Text Outline, when selected, outlines the outside edges of the text.
- The top half shows Theme colors and Standard colors.
The bottom half has: No Fill, used to delete any color in the text
More Fill Colors – which provides a color wheel with mixtures of colors, Weight – when selected, shows a pull-down menu that allows for various thicknesses of the line used for outlining the edges of the text.
- Dashes – when selected, shows a pull-down menu of various line dashes that would outline the outside edges of the text.
- Text Effects, when selected, shows the first pull-down menu listing Shadow, Reflection Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation and Transformation.
- Each of these display an arrow indicating another pull-down menu, or a sub-menu.
- The Transformation pull-down menu is displayed here. It shows how the text in WordArt can be manipulated into these forms.
The WordArt displayed here is from Microsoft Word 2016. There are similar types on Macs and other versions of Word. WordArt and other examples of this feature are meant to be used to create a unique artwork.