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Get started designing your own professional publications

Variety of pictures, including an Autoshape, logo, clip art, and photo

In the previous lesson, you learned that all text in Publisher exists in containers called text boxes. Likewise, each picture exists in a container called a frame. Frames give you the same control over pictures that text boxes give you with text. You can place a picture anywhere on a page — including inside a text box — and you can change its size and appearance.

This lesson will demonstrate how to add pictures, how to move and resize them, how to change the way pictures look, and how to control the way text wraps around them.

In this lesson, we're using the term picture inclusively to refer to graphics from a variety of sources, including:

Callout 1 A rectangle, circle, arrow, line, or AutoShape.
Callout 2 Scanned or digital line art.
Callout 3 Clip art.
Callout 4 A scanned photograph or a picture taken with a digital camera.

These independent graphics files can be in a variety of formats, such as:

  • Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) for line art.
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) for photographs.
  • Bitmap (BMP) for line art.
  • Windows Metafile Format (WMF) for line art.
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) for photos and line art.
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG) for line art and animations.
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