I would like to copy my husband’s business office stationery into word or
word perfect 12 so that when we have letters to write it will be written on the
stationery, is this possible?
Possible? Yes. Easy? Not really.
I’ve done it once or twice, and my approach has always been a little time
consuming, though once done I have exactly what I want.
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There are two ways I can think of off-hand to do what you’re looking
If you scan an existing piece of stationery, you can then set the resulting
graphic as the background or “watermark”. As we’ll see in a moment, this may
not always yield acceptable results, but it’s an option.
Once you’ve scanned your document, in Word go to the Format
menu, Background item, and Printed
Watermark… sub item. Click on Picture and
unclick Washout. Now use the Select
Picture button to locate and load the stationery image you just
Now the fun starts. Much of this will be dependant on the specifics of your
stationery, but you may now need to experiment with:
transparency / washout
probably several other things
If this works for you, as complicated as it is, it might be the easiest of
the two approaches.
However, if you can’t get it quite right, or you need more explicit control
over exactly what goes where, or if you ever need to make even the smallest
change to your stationery, the next approach might be more appropriate.
The approach I took when I needed to recreate my dad’s stationery was to
carefully and meticulously recreate it in Word by hand. That means I had to
find matching fonts and retype the textual information on the letterhead. Then
I spent time adjusting the spacing around all the elements of the letterhead
until when printed it matched the original paper version.
All in all a bit of work, but the result was a near perfect match that I
then saved as a document template in Word. Now when I need to create a new
document on his letterhead, I can just select it from the available templates
and off I go.
I’ve duplicated the look of other paper documents in this same fashion. It’s
tedious, but so far it’s generated the best results for me.
meticulously recreate it in Word by hand.”
Now, I will say that I was “lucky” in that my fathers letterhead was all
text based. This get a little more dicey if graphics are involved, or if the
letterhead/stationery is complex.
It’s all still quite possible, just more work.
Find a “Word Jockey”
Depending on your own familiarity with Word or Word Perfect, this might also
be one of those cases where finding someone who is intimately familiar with
either of those two programs to do it for you might be a reasonable option.
Much of the trial and error and tweaking in either scenario above relies
heavily on knowing how best to perform those operations in your word processing
programs to get the best results.
Sometimes finding that someone, someone I sometimes call a “Word Jockey”
because they know all the ins and outs of the program, to do it for you is the
quickest solution of all.
Well, next to deciding that it’s time for a new design and having it created
in your word processor from the start.
By the way, if readers have any good tips for converting existing paper
stationery to a Word template, feel free to add it to the comments below. It’s
not an uncommon scenario.