How to Create Border With Clip Art

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Creating custom borders in your documents with clipart can lend an exciting or creative touch to all of the projects you do in word processors or desktop publishing software programs. Just about any desktop publishing, word processing or graphics software allows users to create clipart borders from many graphic image file formats with just a few clicks. Learning how to add custom borders to any document is easy and can accomplished with software you may already have on your computer.

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Things you need

  • Word processing or desktop publishing software
  • Clipart

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    Choose the software you want to use to create a document with custom borders. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice are word processors you can use. Serif PagePlus and Scribus are desktop publishing programs that work well for creating custom borders. Scribus works on a PC or Mac.

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    Browse your computer to find the image you want to turn into a border by going to the "Insert" menu on your word processor. The "Insert" menu is located above the toolbar in a word processor or a desktop publishing program. Click the picture to insert it into your document.

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    Resize the image if necessary by selecting it and dragging the edges to make the image larger or smaller.

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    Position the image on the page, then right-click and choose "Copy." This will copy the resized image to your clipboard. Move around the edges of the page and place the image from the clipboard on the page by right-clicking and selecting "Paste" beside or below the previous image. Repeat this until you have placed the picture around the entire border.

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    If the document will be several pages long, paste the clipart in the header and footer of the document to create the same border on each page.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to make your own custom clipart border, search the Internet for free borders to insert into your document.

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