Saving a WordArt Image as a Graphics File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 27, 2013)

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It is easy to develop unique graphics and text flourishes in WordArt. Unfortunately, the program does not provide a way for your creations to be saved as regular graphics files. (You may want to save your work in a graphics file so you can use it in a program besides WordArt or Word.) There are ways around this problem, however. Perhaps the simplest way to save your WordArt graphic in another format is to use the Windows Clipboard. You can accomplish this method by following these steps:

  1. While using Word, click (don't double-click) on the WordArt graphic.
  2. Press Ctrl+C. This copies the graphic to the Clipboard.
  3. Start your favorite graphics program, such as Windows Paint or Paint Brush Pro.
  4. Press Ctrl+V to paste the contents of the Clipboard (your graphic) to the graphics program.
  5. Using your graphics program, edit your graphic as desired and save in the format desired.

You can also use PowerPoint to accomplish much the same task. Follow these steps:

  1. While using Word, click (don't double-click) on the WordArt graphic.
  2. Press Ctrl+C. This copies the graphic to the Clipboard.
  3. Start PowerPoint.
  4. With the Home tab of the ribbon displayed, click the down-arrow under the Paste Tool and then choose Paste Special. PowerPoint displays the Paste Special dialog box.
  5. Choose one of the available Picture types for pasting the image. (Pasting as a JPG figure is a good choice, for instance.)
  6. Click OK. The WordArt image is inserted in the current slide as a graphic.
  7. Resize the drawing so that it is the size desired.
  8. Right-click the WordArt image and choose Save As Picture from the resulting Context menu. PowerPoint displays the Save As Picture dialog box. (This is nothing more than a standard Save dialog box with a different title.)
  9. Specify a file name and save your graphic.
  10. That's it. You end up with a graphic file that you can use in any other graphics program, as desired.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2014-09-17 15:17:46

Ranike

Thank you, this was very helpful


2013-09-11 05:39:59

christian

That is simple anyways. But how to retain the transparency and alpha channel of the wordart in the pasted image?


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