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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.
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Restaurant Flyer
Restaurant Flyer

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Steps


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

Step 01: Page Setup / Format

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.
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Page Setup

The Page Setup Window will appear.

OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup Window

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.

Click OK.



Step 02: Create Rectangle

The first thing we'll need to create is a Rectangle.

The Properties Sidebar will be docked on the right side of the screen.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rectangle Icon
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rectangle Icon
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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rectangle
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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar Extended
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar Extended

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.



Step 03: Position and Size

With the Rectangle still selected, click on the Plus Sign on the left side of Position and Size to view this section.
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar - Position and Size
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Properties Sidebar Position and Size

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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Duplicate Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Duplicate Rectangle


Step 04: Rotate Rectangle

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Degrees Options
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Degrees Options
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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rotated Rectangle Duplicate
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rotated Rectangle Duplicate
The Rectangle will now be in a Vertical Position.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Crossed Rectangles
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Crossed Rectangles
Move the Rotated Rectangle Duplicate to the top left corner of the page, so that it acutally criss crosses the Original Rectangle.


Step 05: Merge Shapes

Drag your cursor over both shapes to select them and make them one shape by going to the Modify Menu and selecting Shapes > Merge.
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Modify Menu - Shapes Merge
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Modify Menu - Shapes Merge

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Merged Shape
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Merged Shape
Notice that the Merged Shape no longer has a line where both Shapes intersected.

Create a Duplicate of this Shape.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Duplicate Merged Shape
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Duplicate Merged Shape

Rotate the Duplicate by 180 Degrees.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rotated Duplicate Shape
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Rotated Duplicate Shape

Move the Duplicate to the bottom right corner of the page.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Corner Shapes
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Corner Shapes

Draw another Rectangle, then change its Dimensions to Width 6.7" and Height 9.2".

Move this Rectangle in between the Merged Shapes.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Restaurant Flyer Background Template
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Restaurant Flyer Background Template



Step 06: Create Custom Colors

Select both Corner Shapes. Select the 1st Shape, then hold down your Shift Key and select the other.
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 More Options Icon
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 More Options Icon
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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Area Window
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Area Window

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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Area Window Colors Tab
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Area Window Colors Tab

For the 1st Color, set R to 112, G to 17, and B to 18.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Maroon
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Maroon
Give your Color a Name. In this case, Maroon 1. Click Add.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Dark Gray
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Dark Gray
Then set R to 66, G to 66, and B to 66. Set the Color Name to Dark Gray 1 and click Add.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Light Gray
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 RGB Values Light Gray
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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 New Colors Added
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 New Colors Added

Select the Maroon Color so that it can be applied to both Shapes, and click OK.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Colored Corners
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Colored Corners

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.

OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Restaurant Flyer Colored Background
OpenOffice Draw 4.0 Restaurant Flyer Colored Background

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.