Now that you've worked with text boxes a little, you can proceed to work with a document which uses text boxes for the entire layout. This method allows you tighter control of where your text is on the page. This is critical for documents like brochures that must fold just right.
Unlike in Project 2, you are not going to create a new document by using a template from Word's Templates folder. Instead you will open a sample document from the resource files and modify it. Such a sample document can also be called a template.
Step-by-Step: Use a Document as a Template
|What you will learn:||
to show text boundaries
to change Zoom
to remove temporary text from text boxes
to save template under another name
to practice folding a tri-fold brochure
Read the comments included in brochure.docx which explain how the text boxes in this document work.
Depending on your monitor size and resolution, you may need to enlarge the Zoom to read the text.
Number the boxes for later reference.
This is important! Later, the step-by-step directions will refer to these text boxes by number.
Next you will delete these helpful instructions from the document.
The first page of the sample document forms the outside of the brochure. The second page handles the inside parts.
This brochure is a tri-fold, which means there are 3 panels formed by folding the page twice. The panels overlap in the middle. The parts folding in are NOT exactly the same size. The section on the right must be a little narrower than the section on the left or the edges won't be even after folding.
The paper is not folded along the edge of any of the text boxes. That would put text right in the fold. Not a good look. The paper should be folded in between the text boxes.
You might wonder why there aren't any handy lines in the template that you could fold along. It is actually a little difficult for most people to fold accurately along a printed line. If your brochure is folded a little off center, having fold lines on it emphasizes the fact that you missed! A miss is much less noticeable without printed fold lines.
Practice by folding the sample document that you printed above.
You now should have Text box 3 (cover) on top. TaDa!
Now your template document is ready for you to enter your own text. Later lesson pages will guide you through the creation of the various parts of the brochure. But first let's take a look at the Paragraph dialog. You'll be using it in several places.