Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Arranging your images
You can use the Position menu on the Picture Tools Format ribbon to place
your picture in a corner of the page, or in the centre of one of the edges.
Putting text on top of an image
If you want your newsletter to have more of a magazine feel to it, you can put text
on top of an image. This is easy to do technically, but it’s quite difﬁ cult to make it
look good. The most important thing is for people to be able to read your story
easily, and details in the picture can sometimes get tangled up with the letters in
the reader’s mind. The best pictures to write over are those that have a large area
that’s more or less the same colour, such as sky or grass. You need to format the
text so that it can be read clearly on top of the picture, by making sure there is a
strong contrast between the colours and perhaps making the font bold.
Don’t put text on top of a photo if your newsletter is going to be photocopied
or printed at home, or if people will print it out to read it. Legibility might
suffer, and nobody’s going to thank you if the church newsletter costs a
fortune in ink to print.
To put text on top of a picture, insert the picture, click on it and go to the Picture
Tools Format tab of the ribbon. This time, under the Wrap Text menu (see Figure
3.8), choose Behind Text. Your picture will slip behind the nearest text, and you
can move the picture, resize it and stretch it to where you want it.
It’s better to run your text over just a part of the image (such as the sky) than
use lots of different fonts and colours to contrast with different areas on the
underlying photo. Keep it simple.