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How to insert paragraph separators to a hub?
Paragraph separators are just plain lines or designs or art, in the form of a line that is used to separate different sections or paragraphs while writing an article, to make it look attractive, readable and to separate one section from the other.
This hub has been written as a result of a request on a forum.
In this hub, I will be using the paragraph separator that you see on the right hand side. It is a simple image, with just a line. You can create this on any image editing software like paint, Photoshop, etc.
I will also include the steps in creating such an image using Paint. The operating system that I am working on is Windows 7. So the screenshots are those from a Windows 7 system. The steps will be almost similar for other versions of Windows too.
Note: I have looked up to see if there is a Mac equivalent Paint application. I see that there is an application called Paintbrush for Mac. If you do not have it on your system, you can download it from the Mac downloads area. Also, it looks like, that the new MacBooks come bundled with an application called GraphicConverter. Please check to see if you are able to get either one of these. They seem to have features very similar to the Paint application in Windows. If you are running Snow Leopard or earlier, you will have AppleWorks on your computer that has a good paint application.
As everyone who uses a computer that runs on Windows operating system will have the application Paint or MS Paint on their computer, I have shown here a method that you can use to create a paragraph separator that has just one line. You can go creative by designing separators of your choice using any application that you are flexible with.
If you do not wish to spend time creating one, you can download one that is readily available free to use, off the internet, after checking to see if the owner or author has given rights or permission for the image to be used.
If you wish to just look at the procedure for adding a paragraph separator or line breaker to a hub, please scroll down to Section 2, just below the red separator below.
In order to create this image, you need to open Paint. Paint is an application that comes along with Windows operating system and should be available to use on all computers that run on Windows.
To open "Paint", click on the "Start" button on the task bar, then click on "All Programs"
Then click on "Accessories" on the list of Programs.
This will open up a list of all applications that are available in the "Accessories" section. Choose "Paint" from that list.
After you open "Paint", you now need to draw a line, save it as a picture, for you to use as a paragraph separator or a line breaker in your hubs.
While you are in Paint, choose the "pencil" tool.
Then choose a size for the pencil. I chose the thickest one (4px). You can choose whichever size you require.
Then choose a colour for the pencil. It depends on what colour you want your paragraph separator to be.
Now draw the line. Press the "Left mouse" button and the "Shift" key together and draw the line, so that the line is straight. Draw it to the desired length.
Now we do not need the picture like this, as a big rectangular picture, with a line in the middle. We just need a narrow picture with just the line, to go in between the lines or paragraphs.
So now use the "rectangular selection tool."
Make a selection around the line, as narrow as possible.
Copy this selection (Ctrl + C)
Then open a New session of Paint. Paste it there (Ctrl + P)
Now save this picture with a name. I have named it "Paragraph_Separator"
Now, pull the handles at the edge of the Picture (Click and drag) and drag them till they are just the size of the line that you require. It is best to pull the corner handle and drag.
Please see pictures below, to better understand what I am trying to say.
Now this is exactly what we need. Save this picture in the desired location. It is best to save it in JPEG format.
Now if you open this picture, it will look like how it looks below. See screenshot below.
Please have a look at the size of the picture below. This is just for your information.
Now we need to add this separator to the hubs. When editing a hub or when in editing mode, insert a photo capsule. See screenshot below.
Click on the "edit" button on the photo capsule
Click on "Choose File"
Choose the file that you need to add as a paragraph separator or line breaker. In this case, I have chosen the file "Paragraph_Separator" that I created with Paint.
Do not add any information like, "Name of source" or "Source URL" or "Caption" as these will appear at the bottom of the line and make it look cluttered. It will then not look like a paragraph separator, with all the captions below.
So, do not add any details and just click on "Save"
Now you can see that the line has been added in the photo capsule.
Finish editing, by clicking on the "Done Editing" button on top of the page. Your paragraph separator is ready.
See screenshot below.
I hope this has been of some use to you. Please feel free to ask for any clarification. The process above for creating a line with paint might seem complicated. If you have or know of any easier methods that you use, please feel free to share or advice, so that I can update the hub and everyone can benefit.
You can also crop out part of pictures as a thin line and use them as separators. They look attractive if used along with the theme of the hub. Please see samples to the right hand side.
Thank you for reading.