Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


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

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Steps


01: Document Setup
02: Format / Orientation
03: Construct Background
04: Rectangle Fill
05: Custom Color 1
06: Custom Color 2
07: Custom Color 3
08: Custom Color 4
09: Line and Filling
10: Line Style
11: Rounded Rectangle
12: Add Text
13: Format Text
14: The Paragraph Window
15: Line Spacing
16: Format Remaining Text
17: Royalty Free Images
18: Insert Images
19: Resize Images
20: Drop Shadow Settings
21: Duplicate Image
22: Arrange Images
23: Group Images
24: 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

We will construct the Background with 4 Rectangles. Select the Rectangle Icon
OpenOfficeDraw Rectangle Icon
OpenOfficeDraw
Rectangle Icon
from the Drawing Toolbar below.
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup








OpenOffice Draw Rectangle Default Color
OpenOffice Draw
Rectangle Default Color
Hold the Left mouse button down and drag to draw the 1st Rectangle. You will notice that it has a "Blue" Fill and a "Black" Stroke by Default.
OpenOffice Draw Rectangle Background
OpenOffice Draw
Rectangle Background


Each time you need to draw a new Rectangle, reselect the Rectangle Icon.

Draw the Rectangles on the page so that they look like this:


Step 04: Rectangle Fill

Before we change the Color of the Rectangles, go to the Format Menu > Area.
OpenOffice Draw Format Menu Area
OpenOffice Draw Format Menu Area

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


Step 05: Custom Color 1

OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 1 Settings
OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 1 Settings
In the Name Box, type in what you want to call your Custom Color, in this case, let's call it Green1.

Then go over to the RGB Boxes and set R to "170", G to "212", and B to "0".

Then click Add.


Step 06: Custom Color 2

OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 2 Settings
OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 2 Settings
Next go back to the Name Box and type in Green2.

Then set R to "218", G to "236", and B to "143".

Click Add.


Step 07: Custom Color 3

OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 3 Settings
OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 3 Settings
At the Name Box type Green3.

Then set R to "239", G to "255", and B to "177".

Click Add.


Step 08: Custom Color 4

OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 4 Settings
OpenOffice Draw Colors Tab Custom Color 4 Settings
At the Name Box type Green4.

Then set R to "209", G to "236", and B to "99".

Click Add.

You can scroll down the Table of Colors to verify that your new colors have been added.

Then click OK.


Step 09: Line and Filling

Now, select Rectangle 1, then go to the Line and Filling Toolbar. Click on the Down Arrow on the Area Style / Filling Box which is the last box in this Image and select Green1.
OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar


Select Rectangle 2, select the Down Arrow on the Area Style / Filling Box and select Green2.

Select Rectangle 3, select the Down Arrow on the Area Style / Filling Box and select Green3.

Select Rectangle 4, select the Down Arrow on the Area Style / Filling Box and select Green4.


Step 10: Line Style

OpenOffice Draw Line Style Box Menu
OpenOffice Draw Line Style Box Menu
While holding down the "Shift" Key, select all 4 Rectangles.

Then go up to the Line and Filling Toolbar, and click the Down Arrow on the Line Style Box and select Invisible from the drop down menu that appears.

OpenOffice Draw Multicolored Background for Florist Flyer
OpenOffice Draw
Multicolored Background
for Florist Flyer
The Colored Background for the Flyer should look like this:



Step 11: Rounded Rectangle

OpenOffice Draw Basic Shapes Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Basic Shapes Icon
Go back to the Drawing Toolbar and select the Down Arrow next to the Basic Shapes Icon , to reveal a menu of Basic Shapes.
OpenOffice Draw Basic Shapes Menu
OpenOffice Draw
Basic Shapes Menu


Select the Rounded Rectangle which is the 2nd shape. Hold down the Left mouse button and draw the Rectangle on the page.





OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle
You will notice a Yellow Circle around the selected Rounded Rectangle. Moving this Yellow Circle "Up" or "Down" will change the Radius of the Rounded Corners.

Hold the Left mouse button down while over this Yellow Circle and drag downward until you have achieved the desired shape.

Then go back to the Line and Filling Toolbar and set the Area Style / Filling Color to "White". Set Line Color to "Green".
OpenOffice Draw Florist Flyer Background
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup


This is what the completed background should look like: