MS Publisher is “desktop publishing software” used to create professional flyers, newsletters, and brochures for print, mail, or mail-merges. Publisher shines in the ease of picture placement and text wrapping. Whether you are new to Publisher or need a refresher, these practical tutorials will benefit anyone who uses Publisher to create items for publication.
This online course will help you learn tips and tricks for managing pictures that are added to your print, for working with text and adding shapes to enhance your publication. It will also provide you with a good overview on working with existing pre-made templates, creating your own templates and using the tools within the ribbon.
Video tutorials are recorded in Microsoft Publisher 2016 for PC.
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Publisher Screen Overview
Understanding the screen layout is paramount to mastering this program. This lesson gives a concise tour of the scratch area, rulers, ribbons, and status bar tools.
File Ribbon - Info
Business Information contains your professional contact info and the Design Checker runs through the technical layout of your publication.
File Ribbon - New
Instead of starting from scratch, discover the pre-made templates that are available and easily customized.
File Ribbon - Other Features
Be aware of the options other than printing and design with your end product in mind.
Quick Access ToolBar
Prepare your work area by setting up the tools you’ll need most often.
Identify Parts of Pre Made Template
Review the parts and structure of a pre-made template and save frustration later when you build your own.
Manage Picture Tools
Picture tools help you manage and control your pictures.
Pictures - Crop
Cropping tools let you cut away parts of a picture.
Pictures - Placeholders
Frame the spot for a picture still to come.
Pictures - Size, Layers, Group
Size pictures precisely to your own measurements; Layer the pictures and control the overlap; and Group pictures so they move as one object.
Pictures - Align
Align pictures precisely on the page.
Pictures - Adjust, Swap
Adjust picture brightness, color, reset to original, or compress picture file size.
Pictures - Styles, Frames, Captions
Change the picture style, shape and frame (border), also add captions.
Pictures - Find online, Copyright free
Creative Commons License is a copyright free picture license.
Text box - Word Art
Insert decorative text into your publication.
Text box - Identify Parts
View existing text boxes and screen options.
Text box - Formatting Tools
Review toolbar and connect text boxes and word overflow.
Text box - Business Information
Edit your business information so that all publications are uniform with no typos or variations.
Text box - Building Blocks
Building blocks are pre-designed text boxes that save you time from creating from scratch.
Page Design - Header Footer
Content that appears at the top and bottom of every single page, like logo’s or page #’s.
Page Design - Ribbon a
Work with template design, page setup tools, and layout guides.
Page Design - Ribbon b
Work with page tools, color schemes and fonts, and page background.
Add Tasks to the Project
Learn best practices for adding tasks to a project.
Add Durations to Each Task
Learn to standardize the type of duration you add to tasks in days or weeks for ease of use.
Add Predecessors to Each Task
To link tasks together, the best approach is to insert the predecessor column into the Gantt chart entry table, then link tasks from the top of the project to the bottom.
Create the Critical Path
Utilize the network diagram to see how all the tasks link together and create a critical path.
Add Resources to the Project
When you add resources to a project, you do so by using the resource sheet view. In this view, you can add named, generic, material, and many other types of resources.
Create Resource Assignments
Learn to add resources to a task and identify how much time each resource will require for that task.
Build a Work Breakdown Structure
Once you define the tasks and resource needs for your project, you should create a work breakdown structure -- or WBS. The WBS will make it easier for you to know when one set of activities finish and another begins.
Add Costs to the Project
The best approach to adding these costs is to create cost type resources and assign them to tasks. Once you have a task that represents the cost for the project, you can assign the appropriate cost resources to the task and then enter the amount.
Add Milestones to the Project
You add milestones to a project so you can track the completion of certain groups of tasks. Milestones are not required in a project but you will likely find them helpful when building reports or sharing the project with others.
Add Lag and Review the Critical Path
When you are updating tasks in a project, you might want to make some light adjustments. You can use the free slack field to see how much time you have before the task becomes critical.
Adjust Resource Allocations
Resource allocations display as a red person icon in the indicators column. This column displays in most Gantt chart views. In nearly any task-level view, you can insert the indicators column if you need to.
Ribbon - Review
Interesting script is vital to a professional publication. Use the review ribbon tools to find words, spell check, or translate.
Ribbon - View
The view ribbon helps you manage your publication as it is developed and allows you to work with multiple Publisher files efficiently.
Ribbon - Home
Regardless of where your text is placed, formatting tools are in one location.
Ribbon - File, Save-Print-Export
The file ribbon is where you make the final production decision to your publication.
Creative Ideas - Mail Merge
Learn how to use the mail merge feature to personalize every single publication to the individual recipient.
Creative Ideas - Catalog
Create a manual of products with corresponding pictures.
Creative Ideas - QR Codes in Catalogs
Learn how to use Quick Response (QR) Codes, which are device-scanable images that will deliver information or send the user to a product webpage.
Creative Ideas - Tables
Understand how to use tables which are a “grid layout” for columns of text, like room locations or employee contact information.
Creative Ideas - Create Picture Files
Create a picture from a Publisher file in order to send a full-color marketing flyer via email.
Creative Ideas - Keyboard Shortcuts
Learn these shortcut tips that will expedite your design time.
Creative Ideas - Color Codes
Learn the differences between the advanced CMYK or PANTONE color formats which are required by some commercial printers.