How To Make an Image (.gif or .jpg) from  your Persian Word Document

(Including instructions for using WordArt)


If the text in your Word Document isn't too long, you might want to turn it into an image so that you can email it to someone who doesn't have your font installed on his or her computer or so that you can upload it to your website without worry about what fonts/browser/operating system the viewer might have.  It's also something you can edit in a graphics application in case you want to turn it into a greeting card or poster.

WordArt is a feature of Word .  This is very handy since most graphic programs can't handle text input in languages like Persian.

Remember, images take up a lot of computer space so this is only for a very small amount of text. If you have lots of text, you'll need to follow the instructions for making a PDF file instead.

Directions for making a Gif or Jpg image

First type your text in Word. Of course, Persian is pretty enough as is, but in case you'd like to get fancy, you can embellish your text in WordArt.  (To enable WordArt, depress View on your toolbar and then depress Toolbars, then either choose WordArt or choose Drawing which also includes WordArt.)

  Below is some text written in a few of the many WordArt styles.  All you have to do is  highlight each line in Word, then hit the WordArt icon, it's the blue "A" circled in red below.  That will bring up a dialogue box and, after deciding on a font and fontsize, hit "ok" and you're done! (Make sure you're in FA(rsi) mode or you may see only EN(glish) letters!) If you want, you can make further changes by right-clicking on the finished product and change the format even more. You can also hit "cut" and delete it.
  Again, look below to see how to enable the WordArt button. Go View, then Toolbars, then either Drawing (which includes WordArt among other things) or just WordArt. 
  Now take a screen shot of either your plain text or WordArt creation.  To do this, just look on your keyboard on the top row. Do you see to the right of F12 a key which says something like "Print Screen" on it? Hit that key! (In the case of long pages requiring scrolling, you can also hit Alt+Print Screen which will capture only that much which is visible on the screen without scrolling.) "Print Screen" is the equivalent of "Copy". (Don't worry, it's not going to be sent to your printer and I don't blame you if you thought it would!)  Now you need to Paste that somewhere so open up some graphics program such as Paint (Start>Programs>Accessories>Paint). You can also click on some image you already have on your computer and look for an "edit" button which will open up Paint or some other editor automatically.  If you can't find an image/photo editor, you can download the free and excellent Irfanview  from  OK, now, in your editor,  go  File>New and Paste.  Here's my example in Paint. Notice I've circled in red the Select Area Tool because I'll need that in a second since I will  only want  a small section of the original screen shot:
  Now I'm going to Select only that portion I want for my final image. After Selecting, I'll do Edit>Copy and then File>New>Paste>Save As.
  Here it is saved as a Gif.  Size = 7.1 KB.  However, look at the poor "grainy" quality.  Gifs are best for plain text.  
  Here is the same thing saved as a Jpg.  Size = 4.61 KB.  As you can see the quality is much better than the Gif!  
  I should mention, some earlier versions of Paint don't allow you to save either in Gif or Jpg format, only Bmp (Bitmap). Bmp is ok too and you can always import your Bmp into PhotoEditor or another editor and then save it as Gif or Jpg.  I only like to mention Paint because it's very easy to edit your picture in Paint.


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