I’ve been seeing lots of those lovely quote posters around the web lately and wondering how I might make one. Turns out, WordArt is useful after all! It doesn’t have to be all hideous rainbow-words-in-a-circle kind of stuff, believe it or not. And it’s not too tricky to do, either. Check this out:
Try these steps:
- Find a quote you like
- Open Word, and paste or type your quote so you’ve got it handy – delete this at the end, OK?
- Choose Insert | WordArt, and select the first – very plain – option.
- Type the first words of your quote, just as much as you’d like to see on your first line, choose a font and set the font size (I used Franklin Gothic Book and the first line is 36pt), then click OK.
- Stretch or shrink the WordArt box so that it fits the width of your document.
- Play with text effects (colour, spacing, shadows) until it looks the way you want. I gave mine a drop-shadow.
- Copy and paste the first WordArt box into a new paragraph – you will now have two identical boxes.
- Edit the new box with the text for your next line. If you have more or less words than your first line you should reduce or increase your font size before you hit OK (you can fine-tune it later).
- Size the new WordArt box to be the same width as the first. You can alter the height of the box later if you like – but not so much that the font looks weird!
- Repeat steps 7-9 for the remaining lines of your quote and the name attribution. This could take a bit of trial and error until you get the text into chunks that “work” nicely (trust me!)
- Add a background by inserting an image, or a shape filled with colour, and send it to the back, behind your words.