Using "copy doodles" in Microsoft Word?

by Mike Schwenk 6 replies
Hey Folks,

Just a quick question for those that have used any sort of "doodle" graphics on sales pages before...

Now, I realize that you can import these graphics into whatever Word document you want.

However, the part that has me stumped, is how would you get these graphics to lay on top of the text?

For example...

If you have a graphic that is supposed to be circling some text, how would you get it to actually do so?

There are other potential situations for different graphics where you would need to accomplish this as well, such as if you try to use an underline graphic, you can't get it close enough in MS Word.

I know you could always make the whole block of text a graphic, but that's not always an option...save, perhaps, the headline.

The only option I could think of is to somehow use HTML, but I don't see how that would work either.

But, hey, that's why I'm asking...

Any solutions to this problem?

Thanks in advance. I know there are a few here familiar with these.

-Mike
#copywriting #copy doodles #microsoft #word
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  • Profile picture of the author colmodwyer
    Hey Mike,

    Insert the doodle, right click, then format. Click the layout tab, then set the picture to be behind the text.

    The you can use your mouse to drag / manipulate the doodle to fit it around your text.

    Colm
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Schwenk
      Originally Posted by colmodwyer View Post

      Hey Mike,

      Insert the doodle, right click, then format. Click the layout tab, then set the picture to be behind the text.

      The you can use your mouse to drag / manipulate the doodle to fit it around your text.

      Colm
      Thanks, Colm...

      When I right-click, I do get a formatting option ('Format Picture'), but I didn't see anything relevant. However, I did get the proper result by using the text wrap feature that also pops up as an option after clicking.

      Also:

      Does anyone happen to know if it is possible to include these within posts here on the forum? For example, WSO sales copy...

      I couldn't remember, so I did check about a dozen threads really quick, but I don't see any that utilize this sort of element (other than the previously—mentioned method of making the entire text a graphic).

      Thanks again...

      -Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross James
    You can do it with CSS by using the z-index property.

    A value of 1 will appear in front of a div with a value of -1

    Best,

    Ross
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  • Profile picture of the author colmodwyer
    When I right-click, I do get a formatting option ('Format Picture'), but I didn't see anything relevant.
    Hmm...

    I have Word 2007. There's buttons with a picture of a dog, and lines of text.

    Like this -> http://tinyurl.com/259arpy

    You might actually have them in the toolbar up top. In any case, as long as you've figured it out.

    ALSO, If you ever want to make your own doodles. I use...

    dafont.com (for handwriting fonts)

    And...

    Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing (free image editor)

    So you basically type something in the image editor, like "SCHWENK'S CRAZY GUARANTEE!" then cut it, paste into Word then set the image behind the text.

    Pretty cool!

    Colm
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    • Profile picture of the author dwatson0773
      Thanks for the info everyone on how to use copy doodles in Microsoft Word. Does anyone have any idea how to use in Microsoft Publisher. I dont have a behind text option in layout.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Hi D Wason,

    Thanks for resurredting this post. I didn't see it the first time around and have been wondering how to use doodles in Word.

    I am not sure about Microsoft Publisher, but there is a free Word look-a-like called Open Office. And the doodle over the writing will work in it.

    Get Open Office...

    Insert picture below or next to the words around which you want your doodle, then at the top go to the “Format” menu. It is a drop down menu, with the word “picture” at the bottom of the drop down menu. Click “picture” and another window will open with tabs across the top.

    One of the tabs is “Wrap.” Select that, and one of the wrap options is “through.” Select that and you will then be able to move the doodle around.

    BTW The doodle must have a transparent background. I draw my doodles in Photoshop and save as a transparent GIF. I think a transparent PNG will work just as well. I would guess you can also draw them in the free GIMP software.

    :-Don
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