Publisher 2016 comes with a handy screen that automatically opens up whenever you fire up the application. This start screen gives you easy access to your recently opened files, as well as the option to open a project from your computer. You can also find templates here and even search them online. By default, you'll be greeted with a list of featured templates - although these are quite specific and most likely won't be used frequently, they can still offer help when you're looking for something that's designed for specific events and purposes. If you want to access the templates that are already on your computer and don’t require an active internet connection, you can do that from this screen as well.
With Publisher, you have access to a huge library of templates already built-in to the application. You can find multiple templates in each of the categories provided. Among the many categories (over 20 to be exact,) you can find templates for certificates, flyers, advertisements, calendars and much more - the list just goes on. Even after choosing a template, you still have many options to customise and make these templates yours. This is possible because as opposed to other software such as Microsoft Word, you can move things around in your project however you like, and place them to any location on your screen without having to worry about a more cursor-based and book-like interface.
When you’re working with graphic design, one of the most important elements of your projects is often images. They put a lot of visual interest to designs and make it easier to recognise certain things from the get-go without having to read the text, thus capturing attention right away. With Project 2016, you get access to a large number of tools that allow you to make images appeal more and add interest to your designs. Besides resizing, rotating and cropping your photos, you can also add different filters such as recolouring, change the brightness and contrast of your image. You can also pick from a set of image frames that change the appearance of your image from a rectangular shape to something else. You can add and customise image borders, or create interesting shadow effects.
If you want to display text in a foreign language, but you don’t know the language enough to translate it yourself, you can use an integrated translator to do the job for you, as long as the target language is supported by Microsoft Translator. You can choose to insert or copy the translated text, giving you the option to replace the original or just incorporate the translation into your design.
Save and send your publications easily
Given the name of the software, your end-goal with your work should be to publish it. Publisher 2016 gives you many options to do this with ease, as it provides many options all the way from sending via e-mail, printing or even a Pack and Go wizard that packs a publication and its files into one file that can be taken to a commercial printer to be printed.