One thing to remember when creating stationery for emails, is that not everyone has broadband/ADSL connections. The greater number of net connections are still by dial up modem, so downloading times can be slow. Also many people have to pay for the amount of bytes they download, so please remember to always use your gif or jpg optimisers when creating stationery graphics. I try to keep mine below 50kb for a basic stationery graphic count. ;o)
Download the graphic below and save it in 'My Documents | Stats' (you will need to create this folder now). The bear in this graphic was tubed by Jazzl. You can find some great tubes for using in stationery at Jazzl Tubes. (Right-click and save to your folder.)
Open up your Outlook Express. (For those who use Outlook, you should still have a copy of OE on your PC - on your "Start | Programs" menu).
Once you have Outlook Express open, look along the top menu, you will see 'Tools', click on that and then 'Options' and then the 'Compose' tab. The graphic below is what you should now see. (I have OE6 after downloading the updates at the Microsoft site).
Click on the 'Create' button, which you can see highlighted in the above graphic and a new window will open, and should look like the one below. This is the Stationery Wizard.
Click on the 'Next' button, this is where we set the background for your stationery. The Bear graphic will be set as the background for the email. Click on the 'Select' button, and navigate through your directories to your 'My Documents | Stats' folder, and double click on the 'MeToYouStat-Kaysea.jpg' file, this will appear in the little window, as in the diagram below. Don't worry for now about setting the background color. The wizard doesn't have much to choose from. ;o) Leave the other settings as they are, and then click on 'Next'.
In this pane we choose the font, font size and font color.
Select your font and choose your colour setting and size setting then click on 'Next'.
This next pane is where we make our margin settings. This will determine the placement of the writing on each email. For this particular graphic, the settings should be:
Top Margin - 150
Once you have the writing where you want it to sit on the email, hit 'Next' and you will be taken to the last window, which will ask you to name the Stationery file. I always title mine with the Creator's Name and then the Stationery Name, so I can always see who's stationery I am using. So for this stat, it would be named: Kaysea - MeToYou. Once you have named the stationery, click 'Finish'. The window will disappear, and you will be taken back to the original 'Options | Compose' window.
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