How to Cut a Digital Heart out of Your Book Jacket

This little heart I was so proud of Friday garnered a lot of requests for how it’s done. It’s very simple:

  1. In Word, open a blank document and in the insert tool section, choose “basic shapes” and click on the heart. Tap the document and to insert a blue heart into your document.

The Wednesday Daughters Cover Heart

  1. Drag its edges to the size you want (or not: you can also resize it later, but it may affect what shows in the heart).
  2. Click on the heart (it will show a box around it, with dots) and then choose from the tool bar: format, then fill, then fill effects, then picture or texture, then choose picture.
  3. Select your book jacket, and click ok.
  4. Take a screenshot of the result, and there you go! (For a screenshot on a mac: command-shift-4 and lasso whatever you want in the shot.) You can also choose to save it as a picture, but that puts the border lines right up against the shape, which I find less pleasing, so I did the screenshot.

You can also do all sorts of different shapes, and use any image you like. Just for fun, I did a few more, which I’m calling my celestial set: star, cloud, and lightening bolt. – Meg


1st BOOKS is hosted by MEG WAITE CLAYTON

New York Times-bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Race for Paris (August 11) and The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel). Essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.

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