The artistic style of collage, or assembling and gluing different pictures or objects on paper, is an art form dating to the 12th century in Japan, when calligraphers glued paper and fabric together to create writing surfaces. Although people think of collage today as something you create with scraps of paper and glue, you can create collages electronically on your computer. Just as you collect and assemble images in traditional collage, you can use the electronic images from your digital camera and create a collage in Microsoft Word with just a few mouse clicks.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Word
- Digital images
Open a new document in Word. Make sure the document is formatted to the standard page size of 8.5 by 11 inches. To make a larger collage in Word 2003, open the “File” menu, click “Page Setup” and adjust the paper size. If you're using Word 2007, open the "Page Layout" menu, click the "Size" button on the ribbon and select "Letter."
Open the “Insert” menu. In Word 2003, click the "Picture" link. In Word 2007, hover your mouse pointer over the "Picture” icon. Select “From File” to choose from your computer's digital images for the collage. Word supports multiselect, which lets you choose multiple images from one location, such as a directory folder, and place them into your Word document with one click. To use multiselect in Word 2003, hold down the "Shift" key, click each picture you want to add, then click the "Insert" button. In Word 2007's "Insert Picture" window, open the folder containing the images you want to use and hold down the “Shift” key while you click once on each picture. When you've selected all the pictures you want, click the “Insert” key in the "Insert Picture" window. All the images will appear on your Word workspace.
Right-click an image in the Word document and select “Format Picture” from the drop-down menu. Click the “Layout” tab, then click the “Tight” button. Repeat this process for all of the images on the page.
Reduce your screen size by opening the "View" menu and selecting “Whole Page.” Doing so lets you see the entire screen with all of the images.
Click on an image to give it focus, then drag it into place on the page. Drag other images around, placing them next to or partially on top of each other, as you like. Resize images or add more as preferred.
Give your collage a coloured background in Word 2003 by opening the “Format” menu, hovering your mouse pointer over “Background,” then selecting one of the coloured boxes in the context menu. For Word 2007, click the "Page Layout" tab, pull down the "Page Color" menu and select a coloured box. The page colour behind the images will change to the colour you've selected.
Tips and warnings
- You can also make a collage out of images you have saved on a disk or flash drive. Just insert the device into your computer, and when you're browsing in Word, navigate to that device in the directory.
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