Learn how to design professional publications, including newsletters, fliers, and brochures, with Microsoft Publisher 2013.
This course is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to produce professional-quality newsletters, fliers, letterheads, and brochures using Microsoft Publisher 2013.
You'll start by learning how to navigate the Publisher workspace using the ribbon, and how to access both local and online Publisher templates. Next, you'll find out how to create and manage text, pictures, graphics, and other elements, such as tables and shapes, and see how you can use these different components to create a variety of documents. As the course progresses, you'll learn about different kinds of publications Publisher can help you produce. You'll see how to create documents from scratch, but you'll also learn how to modify existing templates so you can create customized documents more easily. Finally, you'll learn all about printing your publications and how to share Publisher documents electronically. Once you learn how to manage Publisher tools and features and how to design effective publications, you'll be able to create anything you might need.
- This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Macs.
- Windows 8 or newer.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
- Microsoft Publisher 2013 (not included in enrollment).
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Discover how you can produce professional-quality newsletters, fliers, letterheads, and brochures using Microsoft Publisher 2013. This course will help you create any type of document you might need from scratch or by modifying existing templates.
Microsoft Publisher Basics
Welcome to Publisher 2013! The first lesson of this class will go over some basic Publisher concepts, including accessing the program and customizing some of Publisher's powerful features. You'll then learn about how you can access and use Publisher's extensive online Help system. This is a handy tool for a beginner to know as you set off on your journey!
The Publisher Workspace
In this lesson, you'll get started with some of Publisher's basics. You'll explore some more of the concepts that you need to know before delving into a large project, including how to open, save, and close a file. You'll then take a look at the various elements of the main Publisher workspace, including ribbon options and additional menus.
Working With Text
Are you ready to have some fun? In this lesson, you'll see how to add and edit text, both directly in the program and by importing it from other documents. Then, you'll learn how to format text (including selecting the font, size, and color) and how to change paragraph alignment and line spacing. The lesson will also discuss how to set off special text by adding borders and fills to the text frame.
Working With Graphics
In this lesson, you'll learn how to punch up the creativity in your projects by adding graphics. The lesson will go over how to create and format drawing objects, as well as how to insert clip art and import picture files. Once you have the basics down, you'll dive into recoloring, resizing, cropping, rotating, and flipping graphics, tweaking them for just the right impact.
Working With Tables
It's time for you to discover how to create and work with tables in Publisher. You'll also learn how to apply and customize table borders; add shading, colors, and patterns; and merge and split cells.
Newsletter Design, Part I
This lesson is the start of a two-lesson series on how to create an impressive professional newsletter in Publisher. You'll begin by going over some basic planning issues (the crucial first steps!), and then examine some layout tips. By the end of this lesson, you'll select or create a color scheme, develop a masthead, flow text onto a page, and then continue that text onto another page.
Newsletter Design, Part II
You've done a lot with your newsletter already! Now, you'll wrap things up by learning how to use the Design Gallery to create a professional sidebar, format a drop cap, create a footer on the background, insert a picture, and group objects. When you finish, you'll have a snazzy newsletter to show for all your hard work.
Creating Fliers, Ads, and Business Cards
In this lesson, you'll explore some common publications often used in business. You'll learn how to effectively design and create fliers, advertisements, and business cards. The lesson will also discuss local and online printing options for these publications.
Creating Cards, Letterhead, and Certificates
In this lesson, you'll explore some common Publisher templates that are often used at home: greeting card, postcards, letterhead, and certificates. Using available Publisher templates, you'll learn how to create pubs for personal use that will get the reaction you're looking for from friends and family!
Creating a Brochure
Publisher makes it easier (and cheaper!) than ever before for anyone to design professional-looking brochures in—literally—a matter of hours. In this lesson, you'll learn how to create a good brochure: from planning the content, to designing the cover, logo, and graphics, to placing and arranging your text.
Commercial Printing Services
In this lesson, you'll look at the basic process for preparing your publication for a commercial printer. You'll learn about the different printing processes and when to choose each type. The lesson will also discuss how easy and automatic Publisher makes transferring your publication's files to a format your commercial printer can use. You'll know exactly what you'll need to do to get the results you want.
Publisher offers several ways for you to create consistent and professional publications for your organization. In this final lesson, you'll learn how to create and use Custom Templates. The lesson will also discuss how to access the latest templates the Publisher user community has contributed.
What you will learn
- Understand the elements of the main Publisher window and how to use them
- Learn how to create and format drawing objects, insert clip art, and import pictures
- Discover how to plan for and create a predesigned newsletter and a newsletter from scratch
- Understand how to use connecting text boxes and columns, continue a story from one page to another
- Explore Publisher's templates for common types of professional publications such as fliers, ads, and business cards
- Find out about Publisher's templates for personal projects such as greeting cards, letterhead, and certificates
How you will benefit
- Learn how to create professional-quality publications for business or personal use
- Gain new skills that will transfer to any organization or industry and open the door to new opportunities
- Master the use of Microsoft Publisher to create any type of document you might need, from greeting cards to brochures and newsletters to fliers
Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.