Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Drawing Layers in Office Documents
Clip Art Clip art comprises photographs, illustrations, and even audio and video
clips that are typically offered as part of a library of stock files from which you can
choose. (See “Finding and Using Clip Art” on page 172.)
Screenshot This option captures any open window (even those that are covered by
other windows) or part of your screen and inserts it in your document. (See “Captur-
ing and Inserting Screenshots” on page 174.)
Shapes This option provides line illustrations in a wide variety of shapes that you
can further customize. (See “Adding Shapes and Text Boxes” on page 175.)
SmartArt SmartArt is a collection of templates for drawings, diagrams, low charts,
organizational charts, and so on. (See “Adding SmartArt to Documents” on page 180.)
Chart Office supports a large number of ways to display numeric data as an image
for easier interpretation and analysis. (See “Displaying Data Graphically with Charts”
on page 179.)
Text Box As you would expect, a text box holds text, which gives you greater
flexibility in placement and formatting vis-à-vis surrounding text. (See “Adding Shapes
and Text Boxes” on page 175.)
WordArt WordArt provides a number of effects (such as skewing, stretching,
rotating, shading, coloring, and distorting) that can be applied to text for use in logos,
titles, and similar display purposes. (See “Applying Text Effects with WordArt” on
page 182.)
Toward the end of the chapter we describe two other ways to apply art, colors, and shapes
to your documents: ink (drawn with a stylus) and Office themes.
Working with Drawing Layers in Office Documents
Before we dive into the specifics of inserting pictures, shapes, SmartArt, and other
graphical elements, it helps to understand how Office manages those objects. In this section, we
explain the concept of layers in Office documents, how to select graphical elements, and
how to manipulate those graphics in ways that are common to all Office programs.
Although the finished product from Office is two-dimensional—whether it’s printed on a
sheet of paper or displayed on a lat-screen monitor—a graphics-laden document has a
layer for each graphic, arranged in a virtual three-dimensional stack. It’s as though you took
a blank sheet of paper, wrote some text on it, and then started laying printed photographs
and graphics clipped from a magazine atop the sheet. You’d soon have a stack of clippings,
with some obscuring part or all of the ones behind them.
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