Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


Step 09: Group Rectangles

OpenOffice Draw Format Shape Popup Menu
OpenOffice Draw
Format Shape Popup Menu
To make any kind of movement of this multicolored bar easier you will have to Group all Rounded Rectangles.

To do this, simply select all 4 by holding down the Left Mouse button and dragging over all 4 Rectangles, then right click over any of them to reveal another pop up menu.

Select Group.


Step 10: Royalty Free /images

With this done, we can now focus on adding images to the Flyer. The Royalty Free /images for this Fall Fest Flyer were downloaded from PublicDomainPictures

Autumn Still Life Image
Autumn Still Life Image
The Top Image is called Autumn Still Life.

Sweet Conker Image
Sweet Conker Image
The Bottom Image is called Sweet Conker. Both images were taken by Petr Kratochvil.

Once your images have been downloaded, you will need to place them into the Flyer.


Step 11: Insert Picture From File

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

OpenOffice Draw Insert Menu From File
OpenOffice Draw Insert
Menu From File
OpenOffic Draw Insert Menu Picture
OpenOffic Draw Insert Menu Picture
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.

Your image will appear with 8 Squares around it.


Step 12: Resize Image

OpenOffice Draw Selected Image With Handles
OpenOffice Draw Selected Image With Handles
To resize the image, move your mouse over one of the 4 Corner Squares and while holding down the Shift Key, (to keep proportional image) drag the mouse to increase or decrease the size of the Image.

Move the Image into the correct position on the Flyer.

Repeat Steps 11 & 12 to Insert and Resize the 2nd Image.


Step 13: Insert Text

Next we can start adding text to the Flyer. For the Fall Fest Title, the Font used is Kingthings Annex by Kevin King, which was downloaded from FontFreak.

I picked this Font especially because of all the foliage that comes with it, going well with the theme of the Flyer - Fall. If you want to view more of Kevin King's Free Fonts check out his website at KingthingsFonts.

(Note for a newly downloaded Font to be usable on your machine, you must first install it. Any Font installed while Inkscape is open, will not be visible in the Font List. To correct this, you must first restart the Inkscape program after Font(s) installation.)
Ok, let's begin. To insert Text, go down to the Drawing Toolbar and select the Text Icon.
OpenOffice Draw Text Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Text Icon


Then click the area on the Flyer where you would like to place the Text, in this case the top, and type the word "Fall".


Step 14: Format Text

OpenOffice Draw Text Formatting Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Text Formatting Toolbar


Double click to Select the Text, then go up to the Text Formatting Toolbar and select the down arrow on the Font Name Box ( the first box ) and select Kingthings Annex. In the next box to the right, (the Font Size Box) set the Font Size to 110. Repeat these steps for the word "Fest". Both words have to go in separate Text Boxes, since it seems this is the only way to have different Font Colors in the Title.

OpenOffice Draw Black Fall Fest Text
OpenOffice Draw Black Fall Fest Text
The Title Text should look like this:



Step 15: Edit Text Color

Next we'll change the Color of the Text. First we need to create 2 New Custom Colors.

OpenOffice Draw Format Menu Area
OpenOffice Draw Format Menu Area
Go up to the Format Menu and select Area, which will reopen the Area Window. Go back to the Colors Tab and add the Color "Fall Green" with R at 68, G at 85, and B at 0.

Then add the Color "Fest Gold" with R at 212, G at 170, and B at 0.

OpenOffice Draw Font Color Window
OpenOffice Draw Font Color Window
Next, double click on the word "Fall" then go up to the Text Formatting Bar and click on the Down Arrow on the right side of the Font Color Icon
OpenOffice Draw Font Color Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Font Color Icon
to reveal a Color Window.
Move the mouse over the last row of Colors to reveal each Color's Name.

Select the "Fall Green" Color.

OpenOffice Draw Green Fall Text
OpenOffice Draw
Green Fall Text
The "Fall" text will look like this:





OpenOffice Draw Gold Fest Text
OpenOffice Draw
Gold Fest Text
Repeat these steps to apply color to the "Fest" text. The Color when applied will look like this:

Again, for easier movement of the Title, it will now be best to Group both words. Select both words and repeat the steps for Grouping.


The flyer will now look like this:
OpenOffice Draw Fall Fest Flyer Images and Background
OpenOffice Draw Fall Fest Flyer
Images and Background




Step 16: Add & Format New Text

Now to add the remaining text. Originally, when I first did this Fall Fest Flyer (years ago), I downloaded a Font called Segoe Print from FontFreak.com and it was Freeware at the time.

Now it no longer is available there, seems you have to purchase it for both personal and commericial purposes. Unless you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 running on your machine or you use Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010. Seems these fonts are now bundled with these programs.

So for those of you without any of these, you'll have to find a free Font that goes well with this Flyer. Again, check out FontFreak.com and verify that you can use a Font by checking its License.

OK, back to the Font. Set the "Saturday" text to "Segoe Print", Size 30, Centered and Bold.

To Center the text, select all, then click on the Centered Icon
OpenOffice Draw Center Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Center Icon
on the Text Formatting Toolbar.

To make Bold, click on the Bold Icon.
OpenOffice Draw Bold Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Bold Icon
Move your text into place.
The "Craft" text is "Segoe Print", Size 36, Aligned Left and Bold. Again move the text into the proper position on the Flyer.

The "Children" text is "Segoe Print", Size 24 and Centered.

OpenOffice Draw Align Left Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Align Left Icon
The "Address" text is "Segoe Print", Size 18 and Aligned Left. Move into position above the Orange Colored Bar making the Bar the background for the Text.