Word allows you to create logos and watermarks and can serve as an alternative to an image editor, even in a rudimentary way. Microsoft's text program that can draw shapes from scratch with different styles and transparent backgrounds, generating cones to add to your Instagram selling products, for example.
The software offers simple working tools and requires a trick to save material in valid format, but the effort may be worth it in the absence of a more robust photo editor like Photoshop. Learn in the following tutorial how to make a watermark in Word and save it in PNG format with transparency.
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Tutorial shows how to create a watermark in Word Foto: Divulgao / Microsoft
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The Word Shapes Tool can serve as a vector illustration creator. Since the watermark needs only a simple symbol, a combination of circles, triangles, squares and other basic shapes may be sufficient to create the visual identity.
Step 1. From the Insert menu, select Shapes and draw the elements that will be part of the base of your cone. You can use more than one object on the same symbol as long as one of them is larger and gives you space to write a few letters later;
Insert one or more shapes to create a watermark icon in Word Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Edit the colors, thickness, and line type that make up the border of each image. When using two overlapping objects, you can leave the edges white so that the shapes appear to make up only one object;
Modify border color, thickness, and stroke Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Double-click on the larger form and start typing to insert letters into the cone. The text may indicate an acronym or the full name of your business if it is small enough to be readable on a watermark icon. Play with fonts and text size;
Insert and edit text inside the object. Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Then select all, right-click and select Group to join the picture elements into one object.
Group elements into one object Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
So far its format only a vector not identified by Word as image. Therefore it is still not possible to use the styling tools to customize the look of the icon. To do this, I need to do a trick: export the object as print to another Word document.
Step 1. In a new Word document, press Instant from the Insert menu and select Screen Crop;
Insert a snapshot into a new Word document Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Cut out your icon in the previous document to import the content as an image into the new Word document. No need to worry about sharp edges right now.
Cut out the shape in the previous Word document Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 1. When pasting the image, go to the Format menu and use the cropping tool to eliminate empty areas around the object and leave it in square format. The tip is to choose the Aspect Ratio> 1: 1 option and then to delimit the edges with the mouse;
Crop the image to eliminate empty spaces. Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. After cropping, select the image and go to the Format> Art Effects menu to choose a stylized filter. Hover over gallery items until you find one that leaves the icon just the way you need it;
Apply filters to change the look of the cone. Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Then go to the Transparency option and reduce the opacity level of the image. Overall, 65% is a good mark to make the icon visible without disturbing the viewing of a photo;
Apply transparency to the image Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Finally, right click on the image and select Save as image. The file will be saved to PC in .png format.
Save the image as a standalone .png file Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves
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