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OpenOffice Draw Bridal Boutique Flyer Tutorial


This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer using the Free Vector Graphics Application - OpenOffice Draw.
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer
Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer

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Steps


01: Page Setup
02: Draw Ellipse
03: Position & Size
04: Object Gradient Fill
05: Edit Ellipse Line Color
06: Royalty Free Image
07: Insert Picture From File
08: Flip Image
09: Free Fonts
10: Insert & Format Text
11: Fontwork Window
12: Arc Text
13: Convert To Curve
14: Ungroup & Group Objects
15: Gradient Settings
16: Set Text Fill Color
17: Drop Shadow Settings
18: Add & Format Text
19: Save File

Step 01: Page Setup / Format

OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Menu
After opening OpenOffice Draw on your machine, move the mouse over the blank canvas, then right click and select Page > Page Setup from the popup menu.







OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window
The Page Setup Window will appear.

On the Page Tab, change the Paper Format to Letter by clicking on the down arrow to the right and selecting Letter from the list, and Orientation to Portrait.

Then set Margins to "0.50" each.

Then click Ok.


Step 02: Draw Ellipse

OpenOffice Draw Ellipse Tool
OpenOffice Draw
Ellipse Tool
The first thing that we will be adding to this Flyer is an Ellipse. To do this, go to the Drawing Toolbar located at the bottom of the screen, and select the Ellipse Tool.
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar


OpenOffice Draw Ellipse
OpenOffice Draw Ellipse
To ensure that you end up with a proportional image, hold the Ctrl Key down while you drag the mouse to draw the Ellipse, which should take up about 2/3 of the page.

The Ellipse will have 8 Green Handles around it (used for Resizing Objects).

By Default, OpenOffice objects seem to have a Blue Fill, so don't be alarmed, we will change this later.


Step 03: Position and Size

OpenOffice Draw Menu Position & Size
OpenOffice Draw Menu
Position & Size
If you want to be really specific about the Ellipse's size, right click over it and select Position and Size from the menu that pops up.

This will in turn open the Position and Size Window, with the Position and Size Tab visible.
OpenOffice Draw Position & Size Window
OpenOffice Draw Position & Size Window


In the Size section, set Width to 7.32" and Height to 8.25".

Then click Ok.


Step 04: Object Gradient Fill

OpenOffice Draw Area Menu
OpenOffice Draw Area Menu
Next we will give the Ellipse a Gradient Fill.

To do this, right click over it and select Area from the pop up menu.

This will open the Area Window.
OpenOffice Draw Area Window
OpenOffice Draw Area Window


There will be Tabs for Area, Shadow, Transparency, Colors, Gradients, Hatching, and Bitmaps.
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Gradients Tab
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Gradients Tab


Select the Gradients Tab.

Change the Gradient Type from Linear to Axial by clicking the down arrow and choosing from the list.

Set Angle to 140 Degrees, and Border to 5%.

For the From color option, click on the down arrow that's on the right side of the color Black and scroll down the list of colors to select White.

For the To color option, select Yellow from the list.

You will be able to see a Preview of what this gradient will look like.

Click OK.

OpenOffice Draw Modify or Add Gradient
OpenOffice Draw Modify or Add Gradient
This opens a window that asks if you want to Modify or Add a Gradient.

Select Add.

This will open a window that allows you to Name your newly created gradient.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I'll name it Gradient Bridal.
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Name Window
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Name Window

Then click Ok.

OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Ellipse
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Ellipse
Of course, now we will have to change the Ellipse's Line Color.


Step 05: Edit Ellipse Line Color

OpenOffice Draw Line Menu
OpenOffice Draw Line Menu
Right click over the Ellipse and select Line from the pop up menu.

OpenOffice Draw Line Window
OpenOffice Draw Line Window
This will open the Line Window.

In the Line Tab, which will be the Active Tab, we will change the Line Properties.

Under Style, select the down arrow on the right side of Continuous, you will see a list of different line styles.

The list does not show all of the options. Scroll up and select the Invisible option.

Then click Ok.

OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Ellipse with No Line
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Ellipse
with No Line
So you will now have a Gradient Filled Ellipse with No Line.



Step 06: Royalty Free Image

Bride White Dress Clip Art
Bride White Dress Clip Art
The Bridal Image for this OpenOffice Draw Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer Tutorial was downloaded from Clker.

This site hosts thousands of Royalty Free Vector Clip Art for Download. All images are Free for both Commercial and Personal use.

The Image is Bride White Dress.

Once your image has downloaded, you will need to place it into the flyer.


Step 07: Insert Picture From File

OpenOffic Draw Insert Menu Picture
OpenOffic Draw Insert Menu Picture
To do this, go to the Menu Bar and select Insert > Picture > From File.

This will open the Insert Picture Window.

OpenOffice Draw Insert Picture Window
OpenOffice Draw Insert Picture Window


After you've located the file, click the Open button at the bottom of the window.

OpenOffice Draw Resized Bridal Image
OpenOffice Draw Resized Bridal Image
Your image will appear with 8 Squares around it.

As we did previously we will adjust the size of the image. Remember how you do it? If not go back to Step 3.

Set Width to 3.5" and Height to 5.96".

The resized image should look like this:



Step 08: Flip Image

OpenOffice Draw Modify Flip Horizontal Menu
OpenOffice Draw Modify Flip Horizontal Menu
Flip the image by going to the File Menu and selecting Modify > Flip > Horizontal.

OpenOffice Draw Horizontally Flipped Image
OpenOffice Draw Horizontally Flipped Image
The Bride is now facing the opposite direction.


Step 09: Free Fonts

Advert Font
Advert Font
Next we can start adding text to the Flyer. For the Bridal Flyer Title, the Font used is Advert by Richard Mueller, which was downloaded from FontFreak.

The Advert Font works well for the Title as it is a Bold Font that stands out from the rest of the text on the flyer. I stressed this in my blog post on Basic Flyer Design Principles.

This Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer was originally created a few years ago as you can see from the Microsoft Word version of the tutorial. At that time the Segoe Print Font was free for download but this has since changed. You must purchase this Font to use it.

Gabrielle Font
Gabrielle Font
So the Font I've chosen to replace Segoe Print is Gabrielle which was downloaded from FontFreak and designed by Dieter Steffmann. So the lesson here is always check a Font's License before using it.

(Note for a newly downloaded Font to be usable on your machine, you must first install it. Any Font installed while Corel Draw is open, will not be visible in the Font List. To correct this, you must first restart the Corel Draw program after Font(s) installation.) For more information on Fonts and how to properly install visit the FlyerTutor Blog.