OpenOffice Draw Restaurant Flyer Tutorial
This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Computer Classes Flyer using the Free Vector Graphics Application - OpenOffice Draw.
01: Page Setup / Format
02: Create Rectangle
03: Position & Size
04: Rotate Rectangle
05: Merge Shapes
06: Create Custom Colors
07: Royalty Free Clip Art
08: Insert Picture
09: Set Transparency
10: Arrange Order
11: Free Fonts
12: Insert & Format Text
13: Save File
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.
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.
The first thing we'll need to create is a Rectangle.
The Properties Sidebar will be docked on the right side of the screen.
On the OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Sidebar, select the Rectangle Icon from the Properties Tab.
The 3 other Tabs on this Sidebar are Style and Formating,Gallery and Navigator.
Draw a Rectangle on the page. Do not worry about the Dimensions, we will take care of that soon.
The Rectangle will have 8 Green Handles around it (used for Resizing Objects). By default, OpenOffice Objects have a Blue Fill and Gray Outline. We will make changes to this as well.
You'll also notice the immediate change to the Properties Tab. It now includes options for Text, Paragraph, Area, Line, and Position and Size.
We can resize the Rectangle using the Resizing Handles around the Rectangle, but for precise measurements we can make changes using the Position and Size Section of the Sidebar.
With the Rectangle still selected, click on the Plus Sign on the left side of Position and Size to view this section.
Set the Dimensions for Width to 2.6" and Height to 0.8".
Move this Rectangle to the Top Left corner of the page.
Create a Duplicate of the Rectangle by selecting it, holding down your Ctrl Key and dragging your cursor away from the Rectangle. You will now see 2 Shapes.
In the Position and Size Section of the Sidebar select the down arrow on the right side of Degrees and select 90 Degrees from the list that appears.
The Rectangle will now be in a Vertical Position.
Move the Rotated Rectangle Duplicate to the top left corner of the page, so that it acutally criss crosses the Original Rectangle.
Drag your cursor over both shapes to select them and make them one shape by going to the Modify Menu and selecting Shapes > Merge.
Notice that the Merged Shape no longer has a line where both Shapes intersected.
Create a Duplicate of this Shape.
Rotate the Duplicate by 180 Degrees.
Move the Duplicate to the bottom right corner of the page.
Draw another Rectangle, then change its Dimensions to Width 6.7" and Height 9.2".
Move this Rectangle in between the Merged Shapes.
Select both Corner Shapes. Select the 1st Shape, then hold down your Shift Key and select the other.
Click the More Options Icon to the right side of Area on the Properties Sidebar.
This opens the Area Window, which has Tabs for Area, Shadow, Transparency, Colors, Gradients, Hatching, and Bitmaps.
Select the Colors Tab.
You'll see the Blue 9 Color along with it RGB Values. To create a Custom Color, simply change these values.
For the 1st Color, set R to 112, G to 17, and B to 18.
Give your Color a Name. In this case, Maroon 1. Click Add.
Then set R to 66, G to 66, and B to 66. Set the Color Name to Dark Gray 1 and click Add.
Next set R to 197, G to 189, and B to 153. Set the Color Name to Light Gray 1 and click Add.
Notice that the 3 New Colors have been added to the last line of the available Colors.
Select the Maroon Color so that it can be applied to both Shapes, and click OK.
In the Line Section of the Sidebar, select the down arrow under Color and select the same Color.
Next, select the Rectangle.
In the Area Section of the Sidebar, click on the Color Menu Icon and select the Custom Light Gray Color.
Below the Color Icon you can set the value for the Shape's Transparency.
Set this to 60%.
Set the Line Color to our Custom Dark Gray Color.