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so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the document they can just start typing out the body of it and voilah...

How exactly would one go ahead and do this? The way a pro would.. Thanks in advance!

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Save images as PNG files. Insert them into Word as a Header and/or footer. Save the Word file as a template.

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Thanks for the reply. With regards to headers and footers. Is it possible to add in a "side" header/ footer. In my case the letterhead is not at the top or bottom of the page, but on the left hand side.. (I know this is more a word question now..) – Dean Gibson Dec 2 '13 at 7:38
You can add a background image (again use PNG) to the page. – Scott Dec 2 '13 at 7:38
Don't forget to test the colours in print (can't use CMYK but you'll still need to be sure your colours do come out right - especially any vivid reds, blues, greens), and to export the PNG large enough for the intended PPI. 300 pixels per inch is typical for print, so you'll typically export your PNG with a pixel height and width equal to 300 times the height and width in pixels it covers on the page. Doesn't have to be exact, just has to be high enough to show no pixelation or scuzziness when printed. – user568458 Dec 2 '13 at 15:48
@user568458 you'd also have to consider the file size of the final template, because if the graphic is large and detailed it may make the file size larger than necessary/convenient (for emails mostly). – Dom Dec 9 '13 at 15:50

I just created a signage template in Word using a full (11 x 8-1/2 in) page 300 ppi png image as a header, scaled to 100% and mechanically oriented (advanced image formatting) to 0/0 horz/vert alignment. Final file size of the Word template file is 133 KB. Allows graphic formatting of the entire page while maintaining margin control for the overlying text. Be sure to set text wrap for the graphic to "behind text".

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