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OpenOffice Draw Digital Photography Flyer Tutorial


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

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Steps


01: Document Setup
02: Format/Orientation
03: Construct Background
04: Line and Filling
05: Area Window
06: Custom Color
07: Add Text
08: Text Formatting
09: Add More Text
10: Create Star
11: Rotate Star
12: Change Star's Color
13: Star Transparency
14: The Shadow Tab
15: Shadow Settings
16: Royalty Free Images
17: Insert Images
18: Line Settings
19: Arrange Images
20: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Menu
To begin, move the mouse over the blank canvas, then right click and select Page > Page Setup.

The Page Setup window will appear.


Step 02: Format/Orientation

On the Page tab, change the Paper Format to Letter, and Orientation to Portrait.
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window


Then set Margins to "0.50" each.

Then click OK.


Step 03: Construct Background

Draw 2 Rectangles that go side by side. Select the Rectangle Icon from the Drawing Toolbar below.
OpenOffice Draw Rectangle Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Rectangle Icon
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar





Upon drawing your first Rectangle, it should have a "Blue" Fill and a "Black" Stroke by default. We need one rectangle to be "Black" and the other to be "Maroon".


Step 04: Line and Filling

OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar
Select the 1st Rectangle, then go up to the Line and Filling Toolbar, click the last down arrow and select "Black".

Then select the 2nd Rectangle, right click over it and select "Area" from the menu that appears.


Step 05: Area Window

OpenOffice Draw Area Window
OpenOffice Draw Area Window
This will bring up the Area Window. Go to the Colors Tab.



Step 06: Custom Color

OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab
OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab
In the Names box, type in what you want to call your Custom Color, in this case it is "Maroon". Go over to RGB and set Red to "128", Green to "0" and Blue to "0". Click Add.

You can scroll down the Table of colors to verify that your new color has been added. Then click OK.
OpenOffice Draw Digital Photography Flyer Colored Background
OpenOffice Draw Digital Photography
Flyer Colored Background


The colored background for the flyer will look like this:



Step 07: Add Text

Select the Text Icon
OpenOffice Draw Text Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Text Icon
from the Drawing Toolbar. Click anywhere on the canvas and start entering Text, in this case it will be the Flyer title, "Aiden's Digital Photography".

Select all the Text, then choose the Center Icon
OpenOffice Draw Center Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Center Icon
from the Text Formatting Toolbar.

OpenOffice Draw Formatting Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Formatting Toolbar


Step 08: Text Formatting

Select the down arrow on the right side of "Arial" and change the Font to "Disko" which is a free Font that was downloaded from FontFreak. Set the Font Size to "48".

Then while the Text is still selected, click on the down arrow on the Font Color Icon
OpenOffice Draw Font Color Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Font Color Icon
which is on the Text Formatting Toolbar and select the color "White".

OpenOffice Draw White Text on Colored Background
OpenOffice Draw White Text
on Colored Background
The Text should look like this:


Step 09: Add More Text

Add the remaining Text on the document. Here the Font is "Segoe Print", a free Font that was downloaded at FontFreak. Repeat the steps for centering and changing the Font Color to "White".
OpenOffice Draw Digital Photography Flyer All Text
OpenOffice Draw Digital
Photography Flyer All Text


Click on the Bold Icon
OpenOffice Draw Bold Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Bold Icon
to set all Text to Bold except the Flyer Title. The Flyer should look like this:


Step 10: Create Star

Next we will add Images to the Flyer. First add a Star. Select the Star Icon
OpenOffice Draw Star Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Star Icon
from the Drawing Toolbar. This will open the Star Menu.
OpenOffice Draw Star Menu
OpenOffice Draw Star Menu
Select the "5 Pointed Star" which is 3rd on the list.

Then holding down your left mouse button, draw the Star on the Flyer. By default, the Color will be "Blue".