Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating WordArt from selected text
Text Outline and Text Effects enable you to change the WordArt text outline and
effects, and work just as described earlier for pictures under “Applying a border or
picture effects.”
The WordArt Styles gallery can be applied to multiple WordArt objects at the same time, but only if they have been
grouped together.
Changing 3-D rotation: While there are a number of Effects choices you may want
to apply to WordArt, 3-D Rotation is one that can make the WordArt really pop from
the page. Click Text Effects
3-D Rotation to use Live Preview to select a rotation
setting, and then click it.
Changing the WordArt background: While the tools in the WordArt Styles group
of the Drawing Tools Format tab apply to the text within a WordArt object,
the tools in the Shape Styles group enable you to change the fi fill and outline for
the WordArt object’s surrounding box, creating a rectangular background for the
WordArt graphic. By combining text formatting and overall shape formatting, you
can create interesting effects and special objects such as a newsletter title.
Shaping and transforming WordArt: Another important formatting change most users
want to know about is how to change the overall shape of a WordArt object. There are
two ways to do this: with the Format Shape pane or with the Transform tools. If you
click the dialog box launcher for either the Shape Styles or WordArt Styles groups in the
Drawing Tools
Format tab, the Format Shape pane appears at right. You also can
rightclick a selected WordArt object and click Format Shape to display the pane. The Format
Shape pane works just like the Format Picture pane described earlier under “Using the
Format Picture pane.” One exception appears at the top of the pane, where you see Shape
Options and Text Options choices. Click these as needed to fl ip between formatting the
overall WordArt shape and the text in the shape. To fi nd the 3-D Rotation Options for the
shape text, click Text Options at the top of the pane. The X, Y, and Z Rotation controls
let you rotate the text within the object in three dimensions. This allows you to, among
other things, rotate text to any angle, as well as to rotate the text vertically and
horizontally. (If you selected Shape Options at the top of the pane, rotation changes appear
differently.) Click the pane’s Close button when you fi nish choosing settings. If using
the Format Shape pane doesn’t give you the effect you are looking for, you can use the
Transform tools. With the WordArt object selected, select Text Effects
Transform, and
point to the different transformations provided. As shown in Figure 9.51, Live Preview
shows how the effect would look if applied. When you click a choice, Word applies the
new shape and also adds one or more additional controls, which appear as little purple
diamonds. You can use these controls to further shape or warp the text inside. Drag one
of the controls, and as you drag a diagram appears showing a preview of the shape. When
you like what you see, release the mouse button.
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