This article explains how to design a monogram using Microsoft Word. Once you've made it, you can save your monogram as a template or image to use in other documents, like invitations or business cards. These steps also work for Word on Mac, and the general technique can be applied to other programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Pages for Mac.
Part 1 of 3: Design a monogram
Step 1. Open Microsoft Word
Step 2. Click on the “Insert” menu, then click on “WordArt”
A WordArt text box is then added to your Word document.
Step 3. Erase the WordArt text, then type the letter that will be the widest part of your monogram
Step 4. Change the font type to Lucida Handwriting
This font is found in the standard font system on Windows and Mac.
You can use any font here
Step 5. Change the font size to the larger size, while having the letter selected
- When you increase the font size, it is not always the case that the size of the WordArt frame increases as well. Click and drag the corners of the WordArt frame outward, until you can see the letter as a whole.
- If you want the letter to be even larger, enter a number, for example 200, in the "Font size" field.
Step 6. Add two new WordArt letters, but setting their font size to at least half the size of the first letter
You can change the size of the letters at any time, but be aware that resizing the text frames will not change the font size
Step 7. Click and drag the letters until you are happy with their arrangement
Move the mouse over the WordArt until you see the 4 arrows at the cursor, then click and drag to move the WordArt.
You can also move WordArt using the keyboard. Click on a WordArt text box, then press the arrow keys to move the WordArt
Step 8. Format the styles of WordArt
On the "Format" tab, in the "Text styles" section, Word offers you the options for modifying WordArt styles.
- Click on the “Quick Styles” button to choose from a gallery of WordArt styles.
- Click the “Fill” drop-down arrow to choose a fill color for the WordArt. This allows you to change the color inside the lines of the letter.
- Click on the “Line Style” drop-down arrow to change the letter border color, line thickness or add line effects.
- Click the "Effects" button to add effects to WordArt, such as shadows and reflections.
Step 9. If you make a change you don't like, press CTRL + Z to undo it
Part 2 of 3: Add some more style to the monogram
Step 1. Add a shape around the monogram
Monograms are often incorporated into a shape, such as a circle or rectangular shape. Click on the “Insert” menu, then click on “Shape”. Find a shape you would like to use, then click and drag it into the Word document.
Step 2. Format the shape
In the “Format” tab, click on the arrow of the “Fill” drop-down menu, then click on “No fill”. Click on the “Line” menu arrow, then choose a color that matches the colors of your letters.
Step 3. With the shape selected, click and drag the corners of the shape so that it is big enough that the letters are included inside
Step 4. Arrange the letters of the monogram inside the shape, until you are satisfied with the overall appearance
Part 3 of 3: save the monogram as a template
Step 1. Save the monogram
When you save a Word document as a template and open it, a copy of the file opens and you can edit it without worrying about the original. Click on the "File" menu, then click "Save As."
Step 2. Name and save the file
In the "Save" dialog box, name the monogram. Click the "Format" drop-down menu, then click "Word Template." Click on “Save”.