You can enhance the visual appeal of your publication by choosing graphics that support your message. Depending on which tool you choose to make a frame for an image, Publisher prompts you to search for a photo, a scanned image, a piece of clip art, or a picture from your files. Figure 31-1 shows a picture downloaded from the Web and inserted into an Arcs Quick Publication template.
To insert a picture into a publication, follow these steps:
Figure 31-1. Graphics personalize your publications.
The Insert Picture dialog box appears:
If available, a preview of the picture appears in the window to the right.
When you find electronic images you'd like to add to your graphics library, you'll notice that each image is stored in a particular file format. The two major file types you'll run into are bitmap and vector graphics. A bitmapped image consists of a pattern of pixels or dots, such as you see in newspaper photos. If you enlarge a bitmap image to more than 100 percent, you'll loose a great deal in resolution, and the image will appear grainy. A vector graphic consists of separate objects, such as lines or curves, which are defined by mathematical equations. An advantage of this mathematical description is that vector images can be enlarged or reduced— such as when working with logos— and the image remains crisp at any size. Clip art is often stored as a vector image. Table 31-1 provides a partial list of graphics file formats that you can import into Publisher.
Table 31-1. Graphics File Formats
|File Format||File Name Extension||Type|
|Tagged Image Format||TIF||Bitmap|
|Kodak Photo CD||PCD||Bitmap|
|JPEG Picture Format||JPG||Bitmap|
|Graphics Interchange Format||GIF||Bitmap|
|Computer Graphics Metafile||CGM||Vector|
You can resize or reposition inserted graphics to integrate them more gracefully into your publication. If you want to move a graphic, the easiest way to do so is to point the mouse pointer at a border of the frame and, when the pointer becomes the Move icon, drag the frame to a new location. Or, with the picture frame selected, choose Nudge from the Arrange menu to fine-tune your movements. To resize the graphic, you can use the sizing handles and your mouse. Select the picture frame, and drag a corner sizing handle to resize the frame while maintaining its proportions. (When resizing a custom shape or text frame proportionally, you must hold down Shift as you drag the handle.) To resize the height and width of a picture frame independently while using a corner sizing handle, press the Shift key while dragging.
To bypass the possible imprecision of the mouse moves altogether, explore the commands on the Format menu. For example, clicking Scale Picture (or Scale Object when you are resizing clip art) displays the following dialog box:
Scale Picture lets you make the image larger or smaller, according to the exact specifications you enter into the text boxes. Clicking Original Size returns the image to height and width values of 100 percent.
You might want to use only part of a picture. If an image contains elements that you want to hide rather than scale down, you can do so by using the Crop Picture tool. With the picture frame selected, click Crop Picture on the Formatting toolbar.
Alternately, you can choose Crop Picture from the Format menu. Place the mouse pointer on a sizing handle and, when it becomes the cropping icon, drag the handle inward until just the portion of the graphic you want to see remains. Using the Crop Picture tool doesn't erase parts of the image— it simply hides them from view. You can reveal the cropped area by dragging the handle out from the center of the image.
You can substitute pictures from your own files for the placeholder graphics in Publisher's templates. To add additional impact to your work, you also might want to change how a picture interacts with surrounding text. Remember that readers enjoy a certain order on the page. To create visual interest and not trigger a migraine in your readers, keep pictures at the end of a text frame or between columns of type or at the bottom of a page when wrapping text around a graphic. To edit a picture frame, select it, and then click the Picture Frame Properties button on the Formatting toolbar.
The Picture Frame Properties dialog box appears, as shown here.
By default, Publisher wraps the text around the entire picture frame. (This dialog box is called Object Frame Properties when a piece of clip art is selected.) If you'd like to drop your picture directly into a text frame and make the text wrap around the picture, click Picture Only. Then enter the margins you want to set around your picture in the Outside Margins text box. To manually create margins around the picture, click the Edit Irregular Wrap button on the Formatting toolbar. (This button is available only after you select Picture Only in the Picture Frame Properties dialog box.) To use this tool to adjust how close the text will come to your picture, follow these steps:
Figure 31-2 shows a graphic in a text frame with an irregular wrap.
Displaying complex graphics on your computer screen can take up valuable time when you're working under a deadline. Also, you'll often print selected pages of your publication as you edit and proof them. If these pages include graphics, they can take a long time to print or require more memory than your printer can provide. You can use the Picture Display dialog box shown in Figure 31-3 to regulate the degree of detail you'd like Publisher to use to display your graphics. Choose Picture Display from the View menu to display the Picture Display dialog box. If you click the Hide Pictures option, your pages will load quite quickly. If you've selected Hide Pictures in the Picture Display dialog box, when you want to print those pages, Publisher asks if you want your pictures to print or remain hidden. You can proof the text of your publication much faster if you choose to print without pictures.
Figure 31-2. Wrapping text around a graphic integrates the two elements.
Figure 31-3. The Picture Display dialog box gives you three display options for pictures.
As you do with other graphics, you insert clip art into a publication by drawing a frame for the object, in this case using the Clip Gallery Tool button on the Objects toolbar.
You can replace clip art in a placeholder by double-clicking the placeholder to open the Insert Clip Art dialog box.
When you draw the rectangular frame, the Insert Clip Art dialog box appears. To use the Insert Clip Art dialog box, follow these steps:
Figure 31-4. The Insert Clip Art dialog box contains hundreds of pieces of clip art organized by category and searchable by keywords.
When you insert a clip, its art image appears surrounded by handles on your publication's page, and you can move or resize it to fit your needs. The commands on the Formatting toolbar and Format menu help you to refine the color and presentation of the image in a variety of ways.
Publisher's Drawing toolbar might be familiar to you from your work in other Office programs. (We cover it in greater detail in the section, "Creating Drawings in Word") In Publisher, you create your own drawing object by creating a picture frame, pointing to Picture on the Insert menu, and then choosing New Drawing. The Drawing toolbar appears, and you can create a drawing object, which you can resize, copy, move, rotate, flip, format, or delete. You'll find the predefined shapes on the AutoShapes menu particularly helpful in making arrows, stars, banners, and other special symbols to enhance your publications.