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    Vertical alignment of image in text (all)

    This may well be a very simple question, but I am trying to embed a GIF, which is an image of some 12-point Arial text, in an ordinary Word document which contains 12-point Arial text. The height of the GIF has come out at 18 pixels, which might explain some of the problems below.

    The effect is that
    a) the vertical positioning of the text image is too high, and
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] the inter-line 'leading' has been increased for the line on which the image is located.

    I've tried with a couple of Text-to-GIF programs, but the results always seem to be very similar.

    Does anyone know how to create and insert the GIF such that you would hardly notice that the GIF is not just ordinary text?

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    Re: Vertical alignment of image in text (all)

    Hi John,

    I just tried dealing with this with mixed results. I was able to place the image quite exactly in line with the text. See Images 1 and 2, below. Here's what I did.

    First, I set Zoom to 100%, then grabbed the text with SnagIt 8 (can't live without it), then trimmed any excess white space all around. Inserted in document In Front Of Text and fiddled with Ctrl + arrows to get it just right. It may look, in my screen capture, as if there's a tiny bit more space above it. There is - one pixel. But there's also an extra pixel between lines one and two... just a result of the screen capture? Not sure.

    Anyway, it all looked peachy at 100%. However, I then viewed at 200% and, as you might expect, the image got fuzzy, while the text remained crisp. See Image 3, below. When I returned it to 100%, it remained fuzzy. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    So I think you can insert a graphic and have it look line text -- as long as you don't fiddle with the zoom, or edit the text around it.

    Maybe someone else has better results?

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    Re: Vertical alignment of image in text (all)

    To move the text down, you could use Format>Font, second tab, lower the text. Not sure whether this will improve or further perturb your desired line heights...

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    Re: Vertical alignment of image in text (all)

    These options are probably not going to work for you since the sample you show indicates that you want this for web graphics to avoid spambots. Due to the limitations of graphics on the web, your format options are restricted to screen resolutions and graphics in GIF, PNG, JPG formats.

    The image is going to be fuzzy at most resolutions since the screen will need to interpolate the bitmap into the right scattering of pixels - eg try 95% or 105%. You can maximise your resolution by zooming into the text before capturing it with your screen capture tool. If using a bitmap, I would zoom to 200% before capturing and then scaling the resultant bitmap to 50% size. This gives the screen a chance to avoid the fuzzies.

    An alternative which is sharp at all resolutions is to copy the text you want as a graphic and then choose Edit > Paste Special and place the text as a Picture (or metafile). This will be sharp at all resolutions but will need to be cropped.

    Looking further afield, perhaps you could include a Flash or SVG graphic on a web page which would allow you to keep the resolution sharp. Smart bots may be able to capture text typed in an SVG although I would think you are pretty safe with a Flash graphic.
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    Re: Vertical alignment of image in text (all)

    Andrew

    The requirement is actually within Word, as I originally said, mainly because Word documents contain email addresses in clear text. These Word documents are going to live on our website. As far as I can tell from examining them, you can't easily find email addresses (hyperlinked or not) in the PDF files which are also on the website.

    I will be having a look at all the suggestions made, probably tomorrow, so thanks in advance!

    John
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