Almost two weeks ago, I shared a behind the scenes look at how I create a single blog post. In that post, I stated that one of my steps includes creating an intro/header image. Since I do not have Adobe Photoshop at the moment, I am using Microsoft Word. So, I am proof that you can create layered images that are pin-worthy without having to purchase the Adobe software. It takes a lot longer and there are more steps, but it is possible.
Today, I am going to give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to accomplish this task.
Yesterday, I posted about my new business card and business card holder. As I was creating the introduction image, I made a screen shot of each step to share with y’all. This is a look at the image I created.
And, here is how I created it…
Step 1: Open up a blank Microsoft Word document.
Once you do this, it will open up your files. Browse for your picture file, select it, and click Insert.
Step 3: I like to Change the Orientation to Landscape.
I like to change the orientation to landscape because it allows me to make my picture larger. I like to have a nice size introduction image.
To change the orientation, click Page Layout, Orientation, Landscape.
Step 4: Insert Second Image.
You do not have to take this approach to creating an introduction image. A lot of times, I use the shapes that are given in Microsoft Word. But, the other half of the time, I use a second image.
Where did I get the images?
I have purchased several sets of graphics through etsy that I use all the time. This particular set of ribbon banners was purchased through Sugar Studios.
I love them and use them all the time!
Now, how do you insert the second image in?
The exact same way you did the first image… Insert, Pictures, and Browse for your image, Select it, and click Insert.
Side note: Make sure your first image is not selected when you complete this step. If it is selected, your second image will replace your first image!
Make sure the second image is selected. Then, you will go to Format under the Picture Tools tab (the picture must be selected for this tab to pop up), click Wrap Text, and choose “In Front of Text.”
This allows the second image to pop in front of the previous one. Before this step, Word would not allow the two images to touch.
Step 6: Insert a Text Box.
This is where it gets a little tricky! I do all of my typing in a text box. Text boxes allow the text to be moved around on the Word document.
To add a text box, go to the Insert tab and click Text Box. I always choose the top left option.
When you insert the text box, Word will place it at the top of your document. The default text box contains an outline and fill color.
Step 7: Remove the Text Box’s Outline and Fill Colors.
You remove the fill color by going to Drawing Tools: Format, clicking on Shape Fill, and choosing “No Fill.”
Side note: Make sure your textbox is selected. If it isn’t, the format option will not be available.
You remove the textbox outline by going to Drawing Tools: Format, clicking on Shape Outline, and choosing “No Fill.”
Step 8: Change the Wrap Text to “In Front of Text.”
You complete this task by clicking on Drawing Tools: Format, going to Wrap Text, and choosing, “In Front of Text.”
This allows the text box to be placed on top of the image.
Once you get your header image the way you want it, then you will print the screen. There is a print screen button on the top right of your keyboard.
Step 11: Paste the Image and Save as a Picture.
Next, open up a new Microsoft Word document, right click in the document, and go to Paste.
Once the image has been inserted into your document, right click the image and go to “Save as Picture.” Then, browse for the folder or location where you would like to save the picture, name it, and save.
Step 12: Open the Picture from the Main Folder and Crop as you Wish.
And, now, you have a new Pin-Worthy Introduction Image!!!