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« on: November 04, 2004 09:27:14 AM »

Hi all--Sorry if this question has already been answered, but I couldn't find it anywhere.

I've never used these inkject transfers, but I would like to make some spiffy Jon Stewart for President 2008 t-shirts for some friends. I don't have a fancy program like Photoshop, so I figure I will have to use Word for the text.

Now, how do I flip text in Word? Is it even possible? If not, is there another way to do it? Can anyone help this poor crafty hipster?

« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2004 10:53:36 AM »

Just do everything regular and then when you print, go into "Printer Properties", "Feature" and under "Orientation" - check the "Mirror Image" box.  It should print everything perfectly for a transfer.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2004 12:44:12 PM »

If your printer driver has that option, do what gji7 has suggested -- easy! Sweet! Unfortunately, mine does not, and I recently had to deal with this problem. Good news: you can use Word to flip stuff.

As far as I know, you cannot rotate "plain text" in Word. According to the Help, you can rotate "AutoShapes, pictures, clip art, or WordArt." I think what you need is to make some WordArt and flip that.

I've written some directions here, but if you have a different version of Word (I've got 2003), your interface may be slightly different.

First, you'll need your "Drawing Toolbar" out. If it's not out, do this...
1. Go to Tools > Customize.
2. Click the Toolbars tab.
3. Check the box next to Drawing and click Close. The Drawing toolbar should be showing now.

Now you can make some WordArt:
1. In the Drawing Toolbar, click the little A that looks like it's leaning to the right (if you hover over it, the ToolTip says "Insert WordArt")
2. Choose your desired style from the WordArt Gallery and click OK.
3. Enter and format the text in the Edit WordArt Text dialog and click OK. (You can edit it later with the WordArt toolbar).

Now, to rotate!
1. Click on your WordArt to select it.
2. In the drawing toolbar, select Draw > Rotate or Flip > Flip Horizontal. Voila! Flipped!

If, for any reason, any of the buttons I've mentioned are not appearing in your Drawing Toolbar, you can add them...
1. Go to Tools > Customize.
2. Click the Commands tab.
3. In the left-hand box (Categories), click Drawing.
4. In the right-hand (Commands) box, click the button you want to add and drag it down to your Drawing Toolbar (which is probably located at the bottom of your screen... by default, at least).

And finally, if you get stuck, try the Help. It's not great, but I did find some of this stuff there, so you may be able to as well. Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2004 11:29:11 AM »

Thank you both for the advice! Luckily, I am able to reverse the image in my printer features. Whoopee!
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