Removing Unwanted Parts of a Newspaper Article


  • Some people have asked how to remove unwanted parts of newspaper articles. Who want their great grandfathers's obituary also showing ads about "hemorrhoids" and "hard of hearing". There are two simple ways of doing this:

    1. The first is to use a photo editor and simply place white or grey space over the unwanted sections.
    2. The second option is actually probably easier and just involves opening up a word processor document.

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    1. Open up a new Microsoft Word (or similar word processing program) document.
    2. Use the “Landscape” mode to better fit the wide newspaper clipping.
    3. In the menu bar, click on “Shapes” option. Select “Rectangle” as the object shape you would like to use. Your cursor will change into small “crosshairs” look. Click and drag out a rectangle onto your document. It will look something like the blue rectangle below.
    4. We want to change the color of that rectangle to white. In the menu bar, look for “Shape Format”, and then the “Shape Fill” option. Click on the WHITE background and your object will turn white, but likely have a thin black margin or outline around it.
    5. Click on the “Shape Outline” option and select “No Outline”. The black outline will then disappear to only show a white box.
    6. In the above, I created TWO boxes, one under the 3rd column, and another in the fourth column, the 2nd time repeating what I had done the first time.
    7. Save your file as both a Word document AND a PDF. The reason for the Word file is if you ever wanted to go back and edit that file.

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  • There is an optional step if you like. We could stop with the above steps, but I chose to move the newspaper title and center it above the main article.

    1. Using the Snipping Tool found in Windows, I just created a screenshot of the title area.
    2. I placed this over the title section of the main article
    3. Because a small piece of the underlying title section still showed on the right, I created another white box and placed it over the piece that snowed. The new appearance looked something like to the right.

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    1. Remember that you created MULTIPLE objects on your page. If you move one object, the others will remain in place. To keep them all together, you must “Group” them. Holding down the “SHIFT” key, click on each object until all are selected like that show below.
    2. While all the objects remain selected, RIGHT click over them, and select “Group”, and then the Group option. They are now all connected together.
    3. You will have a lot of white space on the right. Simply enlarge your article until all the printed area is maximized on the page. The white space will move off the page.
    4. Export your newspaper article as a PDF file and you are done. You may want to just save your project as a Word document in case you want to redo things a bit later on.

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