Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Applying Text Effects with WordArt
The Design tab under SmartArt Tools includes galleries in which you can select a different
SmartArt design (in the Layouts group), a different color scheme (in the SmartArt Styles
group), or a different style (a predeined configuration of ill, outline, and effects settings
for shapes and text in the SmartArt graphic).
You’ll find more granular controls on the Format tab under SmartArt Tools. You can modify
shapes individually or en masse (a SmartArt graphic is an assemblage of individual shapes)
by using the tools and techniques described earlier in this chapter for individual shapes.
(See “Adding Shapes and Text Boxes” on page 175.) In addition, you can format text using all
the options available for WordArt, as described in the next section.
Applying Text Effects with WordArt
A fixture in Word for many years, WordArt has changed significantly (for the better) in
recent editions. It’s now easier to use, more flexible, and can create attractive text effects—
instead of the funhouse-mirror style distortions that typified its output in earlier editions.
Moreover, you can now use WordArt in Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as well as Word.
To convert existing text to WordArt, first select the text. Then (whether you have text
selected or not) click the Insert tab, and in the Text group, click WordArt. A gallery of
colorful styles appears. Click one, and you’ll see your text (or placeholder text, if you didn’t have
any selected) in the new style. When the selection frame is a dashed line, you can select
and enter text. (Use the Esc and Enter keys to switch between text entry and formatting
modes.) You also specify a font, font size, and effects such as bold and italic while you’re in
text entry mode; use the usual text formatting tools on the Home tab or the Mini toolbar.
With your text in place, you can proceed to modify other aspects of its appearance. Select
the WordArt object and then click the Format tab (under Drawing Tools). Here, in the
Word Art Styles group, you can select a different predeined lettering style from the gallery.
(If a Quick Styles button appears, click it to display the gallery.) The three tools to the right
of the gallery offer additional customization options similar to those available for shapes:
Click Text Fill to select coloring options for the letters. You can select a color (solid or
gradient). Or go crazy: use a picture from a file or a texture cropped to the shape of
the letters.
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