How do I change the background color of a graphic?

I was given a flyer for an old event. Is it possible to change the background color from one color to another using microsoft paint or do I need something like Photoshop? Also I need to change the date. Is it possible to change the text for the date but leave it in the same font?

Thanks
grouchyfdAsked:
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studio631Commented:
What format is your flyer?? Are you scanning it into your computer or is it already a graphic?
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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry I forgot to mention. The flyer is already printed so I need to scan it. I've never dealt with this kind of work.(I'm a VB kinda person). What format should I scan it?
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studio631Commented:
If you are going to use the flier for print, scan it in at 300 dpi. That is the first thing... If you could possibly make a 2nd copy and scan it in at 72 dpi and attach it so I can see it, I can give you a better idea of what to do with it! (Or at least what I would do!!)
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studio631Commented:
I forgot to mention, Try to save it as a tiff or png file if you can, BUT... just for the sample image you attach, you can send a small jpeg or gif just so i can see it??
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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
Here is a copy of the flyer. I will need to change the date for next year and maybe change or add a little to the graphics.

Thanks
Flyer.gif
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studio631Commented:
Here is the thing! -

If you are getting them professionally printed, and you change the white background to a color, When you print something that has color all the way to the edge, you need to create something called a bleed, (Meaning creating the image 1/4" larger on each side) So that when they crop your image for printing, the color goes all the way to the edge.

If you are printing them yourself, or do not wish to use a bleed, you should make a white border about 1/2" all around.

If you can tell me which way you will be printing, I can tell you steps to create a new flier with the same images. Photoshop would be good but if you only have paint, that will work too. Or Miscrosoft Word... Do you have word??

Sorry for all of the questions, but if you want it to look professional, these need to be addressed!

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studio631Commented:
The only one problem I see, which you may not like is that the image at the bottom fades up into white, so if you crop it and add a color behind it, It wont blend as well.
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studio631Commented:
Here is a sample of a word document that has a different background color, (you can edit it in word by clicking on it) If you are printing these yourself, I would change the images that I have added to your own at 300 DPI. Hope this helps!
The-Pompano-Fire-Museum.doc
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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
That looks good. This was not made professionally. I have Photoshop 6.0, Microsoft Piant and Word. What do I need to do to make this editable when I scan the image? Do I need to change the file extension, like a .tif to .gif or .bmp? I've been trying to research this but some of the instructions are limited and/or confusing.
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studio631Commented:
Editing the original image is not as good as making a new one. But if you would prefer to edit the original, you will need to crop the images, put them on new layers, and your best bet would be to delete the text layer, make a new one. This way the text is fresh and not scanned and blurry and will all be the same font and size. I chose Times New Roman as your font sample.

If I were doing it at home, I would choose to use the word document as it will be a clearer print than editing the old one. I would be happy to help if you need more help!

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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry to take up so much of your time. I can't seem to figure out how to get the image scanned directly into a word document. I guess I need some direction in this as I have never done something like this before. I guess the first step is to get into where I can do some editing.
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studio631Commented:
What I was saying was, as I did in the sample word document, all you need to do is scan in the paper, crop the images, save them as images, and insert them into the word document as images - as I did!

You can actually use the one I sent, just replace the pics with your own and edit the text! And the background! If you want to scan it in at 300 dpi and email it to me, I can whip it up for you :) It will be the same as what I sent but with higher resolution photos. What color did you want the background to be?? My email is estudio631@aol.com! Hope this helps!
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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
So I scan the flyer and then crop each individual image and then make changes to those images and then paste the new images into a new word doc.? I appreciate your help, but I would like to learn how to do this myself. I've been playing with Photoshop and Paint. Now I'll try Word.
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studio631Commented:
Yes, Try to get the flyer as straight as you can, scan it and save as image, crop the images you wish to keep, and in word, do just what I did, insert images where you need them! You can actually just replace the images in the one I sent or try it yourself, I wish you luck! No problem at all! Let me know how you make out!
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grouchyfdAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for your help and especially the time. I'll let you know. Again, thank you.
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studio631Commented:
Glad to help!
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