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

OpenOffice Draw Fall Fest Flyer
Fall Fest Flyer

Steps

01: Page Setup / Format
02: Draw Rounded Rectangle
03: Position & Size
04: Create Custom Color
05: The Colors Tab
06: Change Line / Stroke Color
07: Duplicate Rectangles
08: Rectangle Dimension & Color
09: Group Rectangles
10: Royalty Free Images
11: Insert Picture From File
12: Resize Image
13: Insert Text
14: Format Text
15: Edit Text Color
16: Add & Format New Text
17: Save File

Step 01: Page Setup / Format

OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Menu
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
OpenOffice Draw Page Setup
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.




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.

Then click OK.


Step 02: Draw Rounded Rectangle

The first thing we will be adding to this Flyer is a Rounded Rectangle. To do this, go to the Drawing Toolbar located at the bottom of the screen.

OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Drawing Toolbar

Click on the Down Arrow on the right side of the Basic Shapes Icon
OpenOffice Draw Basic Shapes Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Basic Shapes Icon
which opens up the Basic Shapes Window.
OpenOffice Draw Basic Shapes Window
OpenOffice Draw
Basic Shapes Window
Click on the Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Rounded
Rectangle Icon
which is the 2nd Icon on the first row.

Draw the Rounded Rectangle from one side of the Flyer to the other.

It will look like this:
OpenOffice Draw Default Colored Rouned Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw Default Colored Rouned Rectangle


Step 03: Position & Size

OpenOffice Draw Format Shape Popup Menu
OpenOffice Draw
Format Shape Popup Menu
With the Rounded Rectangle still selected, right click over it and select Position and Size from the menu that pops up.

This will in turn open the Position and Size Window, with the Position and Size Tab visible.

OpenOffice Draw Position and Size Window
OpenOffice Draw Position and Size Window
In the Size Section, set the Width to "8.05" in and Height to "0.46" in.

Then click Ok.

While the bar is still selected, move the Rounded Rectangle with the arrow keys on your keyboard so that it is Centered.

OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle
The Rounded Rectangle will look like this:


Step 04: Create Custom Color

Next we will change the color of the Rounded Rectangle by creating a Custom Color. To do this, right click over the Rectangle and select Area from the menu that appears.

OpenOffice Draw Format Shape Popup Menu
OpenOffice Draw Format
Shape Popup Menu
This will open the Area Window which consists of the Area, Shadow, Transparency, Colors, Gradients, Hatching, and Bitmaps Tabs.

The Area Tab should be visible.

Select the Colors Tab.
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Area Tab
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Area Tab


Step 05: The Colors Tab

OpenOffice Draw Area Window Colors Tab
OpenOffice Draw Area Window Colors Tab
At the right side of this window, click on the Add button where a pop up window will appear to let you know that you have to choose a New Name for your New Color.
















OpenOffice Draw Color Name Already Exists Error
OpenOffice Draw Color Name Already Exists Error
So click OK.

This in turn opens up a Name Window.





OpenOffice Draw Color Name Window
OpenOffice Draw Color Name Window
Type in the name of our first Custom Color, which we will call Orange Bar. Then click OK.

You will be taken back to the Colors Tab in the Area Window.

Under RGB, set R to 255, G to 102, and B to 0. Then click on the Modify button to the right.

Click OK to see the color change made to your Rounded Rectangle.

OpenOffice Draw Orange Filled Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw Orange Filled Rounded Rectangle
It should look like this:


Step 06: Change Line/Stroke Color

Notice that the Rectangle still has a Black Stroke around it.

OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Line and Filling Toolbar




To change this, go up to the Line and Filling Toolbar, click on the down arrow on the Line Color Box (the down arrow to the right side of the word "Black" in the image) and scroll down the Color menu that appears to find our Custom color "Orange Bar".

OpenOffice Draw Color List Menu
OpenOffice Draw
Color List Menu
Select it and immediately you will see that the Rounded Rectangle no longer has a Black Border.

It should look like this:
OpenOffice Draw Orange Filled Rounded Rectangle with Orange Border
OpenOffice Draw Orange Filled Rounded Rectangle with Orange Border


Step 07: Duplicate Rectangles

OK, now using what we've just learned, we will create a Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar. We'll start by drawing 4 Rounded Rectangles and editing their Dimensions.

Draw the 1st Rounded Rectangle. Select it and go up to the Standard Toolbar.

OpenOffice Draw Standard Toolbar
OpenOffice Draw Standard Toolbar




Click on the Copy Icon,
OpenOffice Draw Copy Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Copy Icon
then click on the Paste Icon
OpenOffice Draw Paste Icon
OpenOffice Draw
Paste Icon
3 times. Though it may not look like it, there are now 3 more Rounded Rectangles behind your original.

OpenOffice Draw Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw
Rounded Rectangle
Move each one out to the right by holding the mouse and dragging or you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard. Repeat for each until all Rounded Rectangles are completely visible.

OpenOffice Draw Multipe Rounded Rectangles
OpenOffice Draw Multipe Rounded Rectangles
Try to space the Rectangles at an equal distance apart so that they look like this:


Step 08: Rectangle Dimensions & Color

We will set the Rectangle Dimensions as follows:
Rect1: W 2.16, H 0.48
Rect2: W 1.65, H 0.48
Rect3: W 2.16, H 0.48
Rect4: W 1.35, H 0.48

To do this, right click on the 1st Rounded Rectangle and select Position and Size. In the Size Section, set Widith and Height, then click OK. Repeat for the other 3, making sure to set the right dimensions. Using your arrow keys, select each Rectangle and again make sure that they are equally spaced.

Reapeating the steps you've already learned to set Fill Color, set the following Color Names:
Rect1: R 128, G 51, B 0
OpenOffice Draw Brown Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw
Brown Rounded Rectangle

Rect2: R 255, G 102, B 0
OpenOffice Draw Orange Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw
Orange Rounded Rectangle

Rect3: R 212, G 170, B 0
OpenOffice Draw Gold Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw
Gold Rounded Rectangle

Rect4: R 102, G 128, B 0
OpenOffice Draw Green Rounded Rectangle
OpenOffice Draw
Green Rounded Rectangle






OpenOffice Draw Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar With Border
OpenOffice Draw Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar With Border
So that the 4 Rounded Rectangles with visible Black Borders will look like this:

OpenOffice Draw Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar No Border
OpenOffice Draw Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar No Border
Repeat the step to change the Rectangle's Stroke/Border. Set each rectangle's Border to its corresponding color.

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