Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


Step 10: Insert & Format Text

OpenOffice Draw Text Tool
OpenOffice Draw
Text Tool
Next we will be adding the Curved Gradient Filled Title Text. To insert Text, go down to the Drawing Toolbar and select the Text Tool. Then click the area of the Flyer where you would like to place the Text, in this case, above the Ellipse.

OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text
Type the flyer title, Bridal Pageant Boutique.

Click over the Text 3 times to select all text. You will know the text is selected as it has a Black Background.

OpenOffice Draw Text Formatting Bar
OpenOffice Draw Text Formatting Bar


OpenOffice Draw Select Font
OpenOffice Draw Select Font
Go up to the Text Formatting Toolbar and hit the down arrow on the right side of the Font Name Box.

Scroll up to find the Advert Font and select it.

To the right of the Font Name Box is Font Size. Click on the down arrow, and scroll down to find the number 66. Select it.

Now the Title appears way too big for the Flyer.

Don't worry, there is a reason for setting the Font Size this big, which you will see soon.


Step 11: Fontwork Window

OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Menu
OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Menu
I showed you previously what it looked like to select just the Text. Now I would like you to select the Border around the Text.

Move your mouse over this Border until your cursor changes to a 4 Sided Arrow. Then right click to reveal a menu.

Select Fontwork.

OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Window
OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Window
This opens the Fontwork Window.

If you move this window all the way to the Left of the screen, you will eventually see a Black Rectangle Border appear.

Release the mouse and the Fontwork Window will become Docked.

I like using it docked as it makes it much easier to work with.


Step 12: Arc Text

OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Shape Icons
OpenOffice Draw
Fontwork Shape
Icons
Select the Upper Arc which is the 1st Fontwork Shape Icon of the 2nd row.

OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text with Arc
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text with Arc
The Title Text will now have an Upper Arc and notice it is much smaller than the initial Font Size of 66.

However, the text will still be a bit over the Flyer's margins.

OpenOffice Draw Select Tool
OpenOffice Draw
Select Tool
To reselect the text, go down to the Drawing Toolbar and click on the Select Tool.

Move the mouse close to the Text and select it. If your Cursor changes to an Uppercase I, you've gone too far over the text.

OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text with Arc within Margins
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Title Text with Arc within Margins
The selected text has 8 Green Squares around it. Move your cursor over the bottom left square. When you see a 2 Sided White Arrow, drag inward toward the Ellipse.

Repeat for the right side.

The adjusted Title text should now be within the margins.

Repeat the steps to add text to the bottom of the Ellipse.
Set the Font Size to 26 and select Lower Arc.
OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Lower Arc Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Fontwork Lower
Arc Icon


OpenOffice Draw Upside Down Text
OpenOffice Draw
Upside Down Text
The text will now be Upside Down.
To remedy this, click on the Orientation Icon.
OpenOffice Draw Fontwork Orientation Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Fontwork
Orientation Icon


OpenOffice Draw Bridal Text with Arc
OpenOffice Draw
Bridal Text with Arc
Now the text will be right side up, but some adjustments need to be made so that it properly fits the contour of the Ellipse.

OpenOffice Draw Adjusted Bridal Text
OpenOffic Draw Insert Menu Picture
As you did before, adjust the Top Left and Right Resizing Handles, moving them downward slightly.


Step 13: Convert To Curve

Now we can focus on applying the Multicolored Gradient to the Title Text.

Using the Select Tool, click on the Title Text.

OpenOffice Draw Modify Convert to Curve Menu
OpenOffice Draw Modify Convert to Curve Menu
Go up to the Menu Bar and select Modify > Covert > To Curve.

OpenOffice Draw Bridal Text with Visible Arc Line
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Text
with Visible Arc Line









You can now see the Arc underneath the Text.



Step 14: Ungroup & Group Objects

OpenOffice Draw Ungroup Menu
OpenOffice Draw Ungroup Menu
With the Text still selected, right click and select Ungroup from the pop up menu.

Deselect the Text by clicking away from any objects.

Move the cursor over the Arc and select it.

Hit the Delete Key on your keyboard. Now we can work with the Text.

OpenOffice Draw Group Menu
OpenOffice Draw Group Menu
Drag the cursor over all of the Title Text to reselect it. Right click again and select Group from the pop up menu.


Step 15: Gradient Settings

OpenOffice Draw Area Menu
OpenOffice Draw Area Menu
Right click the text again this time selecting Area.

OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Bridal Title Text
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Bridal Title Text
Just like setting the Gradient for the Ellipse, in the Gradients Tab, set Type to Linear, Angle to 90 Degrees, From to Light Red, and To to Yellow.



Step 16: Set Text Fill Color

OpenOffice Draw Line Filling Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Line Filling Toolbar
To add color to the Text at the bottom of the Ellipse, you will also have to Convert to Curve by repeating Step 13.



Go up to the Line and Filling Toolbar and select White.

Of course the Text will seem to have disappeared but we will be adding a shadow to it next, which will make it stand out.


Step 17: Drop Shadow Settings

OpenOffice Draw Area Window Shadow Tab
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Shadow Tab
Right click over the Text and select Area from the pop up menu.

When the Area Window opens, go to the Shadow Tab.

Check the Use Shadow Box.

Postion should stay in the bottom right corner.

Set Distance to 0.04", change the Color to Black and click Ok.






The Text should look like this.
OpenOffice Draw White Text with Drop Shadow
OpenOffice Draw White Text with Drop Shadow







Repeat this step to add a Drop Shadow to the Bridal Flyer Title Text.
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Bridal Text with Drop Shadow
OpenOffice Draw Gradient Filled Bridal Text with Drop Shadow


Et voila! Doesn't it look beautiful?

Now all that's left to do is add the remaining Text and the flyer will be complete.



Step 18: Add & Format Text

I've always made use of the White Areas on either side of the flyer. I'll describe it as my play area. So in this case, where we'll be typing a whole lot of Text, we can edit each Text Box on the sides and then move them to the desired places on the Flyer. Again, this is just a habit of mine that could be helpful to you as you design your own flyer.

We'll start with the Flower Girl Text. Note that all the remaining Text uses the Gabrielle Font.

Repeat the steps to Insert and Edit Text. Set the Font Size to 32, then select the Bold Icon followed by the Centered Icon.
OpenOffice Draw Bold Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Bold Icon
OpenOffice Draw Center Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Center Icon


The remaining Text Boxes have a Font Size of 20 or 22.


Step 19: Save File

OpenOffice Draw File Menu Save
OpenOffice Draw File Menu Save
There you have it, a completed Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer done using the Free Vector Graphics Application - OpenOffice Draw.

To save this file, go to File > Save.
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer
OpenOffice Draw Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer


If you are new to OpenOffice Draw, I hope this tutorial shed some light on some of the many functions of the OpenOffice Draw Interface.

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