Project 3: Brochure
Brochure Cover

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The Cover panel of a brochure is what you see first. It's important that you communicate immediately what your brochure is about.

Brochure - after creating cover panel

The cover for the Tahiti brochure consists of two lines of text and an image. The orientation and formatting make all the difference.


Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Word97-2003

Before you start...

Project 1: Word BasicsTo subtopics

Project 2: Auto ToolsTo subtopics

Project 3: Brochure
    Linked Text BoxesTo subtopics
    Brochure Subtopics display
    icon-footprintDoc Template
         Paragraph Dialog
    icon-footprintBrochure Cover
    icon-footprintBrochure Back
    icon-footprintBrochure Flap
    icon-footprintCharacter Spacing
    icon-footprintApply Styles
    icon-footprintFormat Flap
    icon-footprintBrochure Inside
    ExercisesTo subtopics 

Project 4: ReportTo subtopics


Icon Step-by-Step 

Step-by-Step: Brochure Cover

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What you will learn:

to change text direction in a text box
to align vertically
to add a bottom border
to add a picture on top of a text box

Start with: Class disk Icon- Word with blank document, brochure-tahiti.doc (from Doc Template lesson)

A sample document, images, and replacement text are in your resources files in the  tahiti  folder.

Change Text Direction

  1. Dialog - Text DirectionClick in Text Box 3.
  2. From the menu select  Format  |  Text Direction... 
  3. Click on the label on the left with text running from bottom to top.

    Toolbar with vertical orientationsThe alignment buttons on the toolbar change to match the new orientations for text.

    The cursor shape changes to Cursor- vertical which matches the new direction

Format Cover Text

  1. With the cursor in Text Box 3, set the paragraph style to Normal Style= Normal.
  2. Type the following two lines in Text Box 3:

     World Travel Inc. 


  3. Text box on CoverFormat  World Travel Inc.  like you did for the letterhead in Project 2. (Hint: use the Font dialog. Shadow is not available on the toolbar.) 

    font: Matura MT Script Capitals
    size: 36
    color: Green

  4. With the cursor in the line World Travel Inc. , click the button Button - Align Bottom Align Bottom

  5. Format  Tahiti  with:
    font: Times New Roman
    size: 36
  6. While Tahiti is selected, click on the button Button - Align top Align Top.

Add Bottom Border

A border does not have to go all the way around an object. You can use the border feature to create a fancy underline or divider.

  1. Dailog- Borders and ShadingsMove the cursor to the line  World Travel Inc
  2. From the menu select  Format  |  Borders and Shading...  |  Borders .
  3. In the Style list choose the double line which has a wide line at the top and a thin line below it Style- double line- wide over thin.
  4. Set Width to 3 pt.
  5. Click on the Setting Custom at the left of the dialog.
  6. Text - Cover text box with bottom borderClick in the preview at the right on the bottom edge. (If all edges are dark to start with, click on the ones you don't want to remove them.)
  7. Set Apply to: Paragraph.
  8. Click on OK.

Set Paragraph Spacing

You can get the exact space you need before and after your paragraphs using the Paragraph dialog. For this brochure cover you need some space for an image. Text wrapping would move the text around an image inserted in the text box, but the image is not going to be in the text box with the text. You could use blank lines, but it is easier to get the exact space you need with paragraph spacing.

  1. Menu - right click  ParagraphRight click on the line  World Travel Inc. . From the popup menu select  Paragraph...  
    Is  Paragraph...   missing from your popup menu? Perhaps your click missed. Or did you click in an area that was underlined with the squiggle for a spelling or grammar error? Then you will see only choices for grammar or spelling in the popup menu. Whoops. Not what you want right now. First check carefully that you don't have an extra comma, period, or space or perhaps a mis-spelled word in the line. Fix any problems. If there is not a real problem, choose  Ignore Sentence  and right click again. 
  2. Dialog - Paragraph - Line Spacing set 50 and 0.Set Spacing Before: to 70 pts and Spacing After: 0 pts
    The preview shows what this choice does to the paragraph spacing.

    Text - Cover with paragraph spacingYou are making space to have room for an image.

    If the word Tahiti is partly cut off at the bottom, check its paragraph style. The header styles include extra line spacing, which will push Tahiti at least partly out of the text box. Just change the style for the line to Normal.

Add Picture

You are going to insert an image as part of the brochure cover. This simple task is a bit tricky because of the text boxes. They lie above any text or images that are placed directly on the page. If you are not careful the image will be underneath a text box. Hide and Seek time!

If the cursor is in the text box when you insert your image, the image will be an inline image. Such an image is treated like a character on the line. You can't drag it around. You cannot change this with the Format Picture dialog. Thus a very simple action (well, it should be simple!) becomes quite confusing.

New for 97 Word 97, unlike earlier versions, inserts images by default as floating images, which can be dragged, rather than as inline images. But inside a text box things are different!

Icon- Word 2000 Icon: Word 2002Icon: Word 2003 Word 2000/2002/2003 does not handle the inserted image the same way Word 97 does. The new way is quite awkward!

  1. Click in a blank area of the page that is not in a text box. (Be sure you aren't still in a text box!)
  2. Set Zoom to Whole Page so you can see what is going on.
  3. From the menu select  Insert  |  Picture  |  From File... 
  4. Choose as your picture the image  travelbar.wmf  in the  tahiti  folder in your resource files. The path is:
     c:\My Documents\complit101\words\tahiti\travelbar.wmf
    Dialog- Insert Pictureif you used the default location for the resource files. The picture is inserted, but where depends on your version of Word.
    Icon- Word 2000 Icon: Word 2002Icon: Word 2003 If you are using Word 2000/2002/2003
    The image is nowhere to be seen but the cursor is blinking in the middle of Text Box 1! What ever has happened??

    Image at left under text box = selectedYour image is hiding behind Text Box 1. You need to select it some way so that you can bring it to the front. The cursor is actually to the right of the hidden image.

    1. Hold down the SHIFT key and press the Left Arrow key. The image is selected but only shows its handles. It is still underneath the text box.
    2. From the menu select  Format  |  Picture...  |  Layout .
    3. Select the layout In front of text In front of text and click on OK.

      Image for cover on top of text box at leftYour image is now on top. Visible!

    If you are using Word 97:
    The image appears at the left of your page on top of the text box. If it's not showing at the left, Undo. Insert again. In the Insert dialog be sure that the checkbox Float over text is checked.

  5. Brochure - after creating cover panelDrag the image over to Text Box 3 and position it in the top left corner of the text box.
  6. Enlarge the image by dragging the bottom right corner until the graphic stretches from the top to the bottom of the text box.

    If your image is the same height as the text box or larger, the image hides part of the line around the text box. You will remove the line later, so don't worry about it now.

  7.  Class disk Save to your Class disk in the folder  word project3  as  brochure-tahiti2.doc 
    Full disk How to handle a full disk