I am in the process of creating a fan page photo banner with Publisher. While that isn't working out as well as I had hoped, I have discovered some really cool features of Publisher. Did you know that:
- You can select any part of your Publisher document, and save it as its own image? Just use the arrow tool that is usually there by default, and select the area. Right-click the area, and chose Save as Picture. Then you can use the format you want to use. I love PNG, but it doesn't work well for the web. JPEG does but it gets grainy looking.
I guess I'll have to break down and use someone's Photoshop to finish the photo banner.
- You can put a picture inside of a shape, and make it look like it's been cropped to that shape?
This is awesome, and I can show you exactly how to do it. In Publisher, choose the shape you want, even a star if that is appropriate. Keep in mind that a square picture will do better with a circle, a rectangular picture with an oval shape, etc.
Unless you have disabled it, there is a toolbar on the side with Auto Shapes on it. Otherwise, choose Format, Auto Shapes, then choose your shape.
Right click on the shape, then choose Format Auto Shape. (Here I chose oval.) Guess what? I did this in Microsoft Word, too.
In Word, I clicked on Fill Effects - in Publisher you click on the drop down arrow Color then Fill Effects.
I can't blog this time without mentioning my new camera. While I'm sure it's nothing close to Russel Ray's "handy dandy Canon 550D (Rebel T2i)," for my own amateur purposes it exceeds my expectations. It's a Sony Cyber Shot Carl Zeiss and has 14.1 megapixels.
I chose this particular camera because my former employer, a real estate agent, years ago used a Sony Cyber Shot with 5.0 megapixels, and everyone used to brag on the great pictures in his listings. I have several Sony products so I know how great the brand is.
My husband and I bought the camera in the Smoky Mountains, and what better place to test it out? Here are some shots we took:
The amazing thing is, these pictures were taken from a moving car!
Have an awesome weekend, and happy image editing!