Microsoft Word Designer

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Front cover design

TPA Town Planning Alliance – The client required a high-end Word document that was well designed but also editable by their 12 staff. By using embedded images from Photoshop into the header I was able to give the document an image bled to the edge. The editable text is style sheeted and positioned in the centre of various text boxes.

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Style sheeted pages

The internal pages are style sheeted and have page breaks to prevent any unwanted flow between pages. The headers and footers give the pages a nice branded and templated logo and address and page numbers.

Can you do good design in Word?

When I first looked into using Microsoft Word for design I was sceptical about how flexible the program would be. But after researching what it could do compared to professional design programs such as InDesign, I was pleasantly surprised at how much Word had to offer and even had features that InDesign didn’t offer.

Can you place pictures and text anywhere in Word?

My preconception that Word was a cascading design of blocks of text followed by pictures then more text was all wrong.

Sure, that is the default setting but there are ways around that if you explore more of the design options.

It’s just a simple matter of changing the default settings when you import an image or draw a text box.

The InDesign default is to have a floating box and the Word default is to have a wrap-around but each program allows you to changes that on each object or picture.

Using Adobe combined with Microsoft Word to make premium designs

This is where things get more interesting. By using such programs as Photoshop and Illustrator you can come up with almost any design in Word.

By making the tricky non-editable parts of the design in a program like Photoshop and then importing. and then embedding that image into Word, you can come up with unique and professional designs that are editable by the client.

ebook design - Sunshine Coast

Book design – Advertising reference book

Extreme nouns is a reference book for Art Directors  (200 pages) – Concept of the idea, design, copy and editing, illustration, Photoshop, website design and promotion including a video presentation. Marketing and analytics. View website

ebook design - Sunshine Coast
Zoom in to see the working of the book using the ‘How to and index page’. View the website to understand the concept and where the idea came about. View website
Poster design - Sunshine Coast
Poster design - Sunshine Coast

Cover designs in Word

Melbourne cup poster

These cover designs are made in Illustrator, Photoshop and finished in InDesign but would have just have been easily finished off or replicated in Word, as long as you have the Adobe tools to hone the fine details.

Employee Assistance Program Poster

This poster design for BMF Advertising was designed to be used internally. This is another example of a design that could easily be replicated in Word.

Combining Adobe and Word

The background and title text would be made in Adobe and the foreground text could be made as floating and editable text

 

Logo and branding style guidelines
Logo and branding style guidelines
Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.
Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.
Researching premium fonts to suit the design project
Researching premium fonts to suit the design project
Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration
Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration
Picnic Place
Picnic Place
Video Editing and Music Production
Video Editing and Music Production
Abstract Paintings
Abstract Paintings
50 Shades of Stu
50 Shades of Stu
Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner
Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner
Jack and Knife postcard
Jack and Knife postcard
Logo design development – Security Company
Logo design development – Security Company
Logo Design folio
Logo Design folio
Buderim Pizza Company
Buderim Pizza Company
Mad Scientist – Photoshoot
Mad Scientist – Photoshoot
Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection
Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection
Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension
Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension
Logo and illustration work
Logo and illustration work
Book design – Mary Lyons  – A Beautiful Unfolding
Book design – Mary Lyons – A Beautiful Unfolding
Back to Earth Mulching
Back to Earth Mulching
Armchair Property Investments
Armchair Property Investments
Logo design method – Jack and Knife
Logo design method – Jack and Knife
Logo design – Slight Edge
Logo design – Slight Edge
Valentines Poster
Valentines Poster
Fertilizer packaging
Fertilizer packaging
Video editing
Video editing
Flower retouching
Flower retouching
Unique DJs
Unique DJs
Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook
Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook
Promotion DL brochure
Promotion DL brochure
Retouching staff photo
Retouching staff photo
T-shirt design – Chemo patient
T-shirt design – Chemo patient
Poster design – party
Poster design – party
Competition poster
Competition poster
Cancer – Book cover
Cancer – Book cover
Cartoon sketch
Cartoon sketch
Retouching for Dairy Farmers
Retouching for Dairy Farmers
Inking style illustration
Inking style illustration
Teaching kids – logo
Teaching kids – logo
Facebook banner
Facebook banner
Lamb brochure holder
Lamb brochure holder
Stufly – website
Stufly – website
Face retouching
Face retouching
XXXX Gold
XXXX Gold
Novel – Book cover
Novel – Book cover

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