Microsoft
Publisher is an easy to use
desktop publishing application. It is
different from Microsoft Word in that
the emphasis is placed on page layout
and design. This program is great for
creating publications such as
yearbooks, advertisements or even a
collage. We can use Publisher to
create any kind of publication.
Starting Publisher
 The program is part of the MS Office
package. If you click on the Windows Logo,
click programs: Microsoft Office:
Microsoft Office Publisher. When the
program starts, you will want to set up your
pages depending on what you want to
make. For example, in this project we want
two pages (front and back of a page) that is
divided into 3 sections.
This
project will introduce simple
photo editing. Run the program
called “pbrush”. Click the windows
key
and type “pbrush” in the
search box. Then, get a picture of
the teacher and a place to send the
teacher. All necessary files can be
found in the class’s folder.
Editing Photos
 The computer does not know the difference
between a person and a place. To fix this,
delete the background on a person. Then,
under the “select” options make sure that
“Transparent Selection” is checked. It will
enable a user to paste a person onto any
background. Take care to erase all of the
background and none of the person.
Review
 Vacation Planning: Getting Started
 Starting Publisher
 Using Pbrush to edit photos
 Editing Photos

The project pictures created in Pbrush will be
copied and pasted to the publisher
document. Be sure to see the example/rubric
that is in the class folder. This document has
already been set up for two pages and has
already been given divisions for a 3 part
foldout. When first placing the pictures, leave
them off to the side so that they can be seen
on multiple pages.
Placing Text In Publisher
 To have a place to type, use the Insert tab
and select Text Box. Then, drag from
two corners of a rectangle the size of
how you want the text area to be. A text
box will automatically appear if pasting
text from another location just like a
picture will when pasting from Pbrush.
However, if you want a new text to be
created, then click insert: textbox.
 It
is important to understand how to
keep text from being hidden. In
publisher, if text is not showing,
there will be a little icon “
.”
This little A with the dots means
that words exist but can’t be seen.
More room needs to be made or the
text should be deleted. Be sure that
your publication shows what you
want!
Navigating the Pages
 The bottom left hand side of publisher
shows the current page. More pages
can be added by pressing “Insert” ->
“page”. This project has two pages
which will be printed on the front and
back of a piece of paper. Other
publications may have more or less
pages. Be sure to click on the different
pages and see the whole document.
Placing
Pictures In Publisher
Placing Text In Publisher
Keep Text Proper Size
Navigating the Pages
•Examples of Real
Vacation
 It is a good idea to see what
other companies have already
done for their brochures.
Search for “vacation
brochures” under an image
search. Keep your ideas
original, but include the
things that are normally
included. It is always a good
idea to see how a problem has
already been solved.
 Other
objects can be added to a
photo. Just like the background was
deleted for the picture as it was
placed in a new location, delete the
background of an object. Adding
sports equipment or a warm hat can
put originality and style to the
project. Add other appropriate
objects to fit the setting of the
picture.
Making the Photos Look Real
 A photo that doesn’t look real is not as useful. Each of
the objects added to a selected background must have
their original background completely deleted. Take
care not to delete any part of the transferring object.
Other things to watch for include appropriate
scale/size, colors, shadows and brightness. Some
times it is better to find a photo that is more
compatible. If an object is further away, make it
smaller so it seems realer.
As
many objects as the designer
wants can be placed in each
graphic. One piece of equipment
may be good, but more can add
to the overall appeal. Remember
the goal: we want to have a
pamphlet that looks professional
and that people would really pay
to participate in.
Review
 Examples of Real Vacations
 Adding Objects to a Photo
 Making the Photos Look Real
 Merging Multiple Graphics
 Most
publisher documents are
created to print. In our project, we
will post online as an example of our
work. To print, make certain that
your printer has required colors and
paper sizes. Remember, ink and
paper costs money. A designer who
is able to keep materials in mind can
more economically run their
business.
How to Use Color Cost Effectively
 Printers that use color cost more.
However, it is often cost effective to use a
small splash of color on a publication.
Both inkjet and laser printers (who
liquid ink and toner respectively) can
focus color on a small area. Our project
will be posted online so only worry
about print costs for future projects.
 The
final project is due after the
fifth day (next class). Go to the
class folder and log in. Select the
project number and type the
number in. Browse to find the
publisher file. It is important to
hand in work on time to receive full
credit. In college and in business
deadlines are concrete.
Expanding Project For Other
Subjects
 A pamphlet is an appropriate project for any
school subject. In social studies it could be
about a political situation or a place. In science
it can classify observations or talk about a
situation. In math it could show how formulas
solve specific problems. In English class it
could highlight the activities that had taken
place in a novel.
 Preparing for Printing
 How to Use Color Cost Effectively
 How to Submit Final Product
 Expanding Project for
Other Subjects
Professional Look
 It is important to take a look at the overall
project pages before finishing. Check that
the photos and text have a consistent
sizing and placement. Make sure all
borders and page setups are aligned. If a
customer looks at the page, it should not
look sloppy. If the publisher document
looks professional, people will look at it
with more care.
 There
is a ruler at the top of the page and on
the left of the page. If you click on the ruler
and drag your mouse from the left to the
right or the top to the bottom, a green
guideline will be created. This green line
can be important to make certain that y our
page lines up the way you want. In our
example, we have two green lines to divide
the pages into equal thirds. Watch the
measurements and divide up your page as
you see fit.
Degrees on This Subject
 There are some specific college majors that will use
Publisher and similar software. Journalists use this
kind of project to produce a newspaper. Artists use
this software to organize their artwork. Business
owners use this software to advertise their business.
Any one who wants to get their ideas or information to
people will be benefited by using publishing software.
 People
will pay you to use programs
like MS Publisher. You can get a part
time job putting out fliers. You can
even change the document type to a
.html and post directly to the web.
Make sure you submit the project
and have it available online so you
can show it off to potential future
employers.
Review
 Professional Look
 Accessing the Ruler for Measured Division
 Degrees on This Subject
 Careers in Publisher
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