28 March 2009

Turning an A4 page into a brochure with OpenOffice Writer

...made almost too easy (step by step AKA click by click).

Starting Writer here in Australia will open a blank, A4, portrait-layout page.

Click the Format menu, Page.

Click the Orientation radio-button to Landscape.

Triple-click the 2.00cm in the Left field to highlight the number.

Type 1 <tab> 1 <tab> 1 <tab> 1 to set all of the margins to 1cm (which may need to be varied for your printer; experimentation is necessary).

Click on the Page layout dropdown & set it to Mirrored.

Click the OK button. You are now done setting up the page.

Click the Insert menu, Frame.

In the Size section, click the Relative check-box under Width (to ON).

Double-click in the Width field to select the numbers, type 48% .

Click OFF the Autosize check-box under Height. Click the Relative check-box (to ON).

Double-click in the Height field to select the numbers, type 98% .

In the Anchor section, click the To page radio-button.

In the Position section, click the Mirror check-box (to ON).

Click the Horizontal drop-down, set it to Inside.

Click the corresponding to drop-down, set it to Page text area.

Vertical will now be set to Top/Page text area.

Click the Borders tab at the top.

In the Line arrangement section, click the leftmost box to disable borders.

Click the OK button.

You have now finished setting up the first frame. Click on the isolated paragraph mark (¶) to the right of your new frame.

Click the Insert menu, Frame.

Use the same values as for the first frame, but the Horizontal drop-down should be set to Outside. You will need to click on the Type tab to flip back across from the Borders tab at first.

Click on the isolated paragraph mark (¶) again.

Click on the Insert menu, Manual Break, Page break, then the OK button.

Insert two new frames just as you did for the page above.

If you make a mistake with one of the frames, you can click on the border, right-click there, choose Frame from the context menu which appears.

Do that with the first frame, then click on the Options tab.

Click on the Previous link dropdown, set it to Frame3.

Click on the Next link dropdown, set it to Frame2.

Click the Position & the Size check-boxes (to ON).

Click the OK button. You have just configured the frame to cascade from the first frame on the second page (front cover), to the second frame on the first page.

Select & right-click Frame for the second frame, named Frame2. The Previous link dropdown will already read Frame1.

Click the Next link dropdown, set it to Frame4.

Click the Position & the Size check-boxes (to ON).

Click the OK button. You have now configured the second frame on the first page to cascade to the second frame (back cover) on the second page.

Select & right-click the third frame, named Frame3. The Next link dropdown will already read Frame1.

Click the Position & the Size check-boxes (to ON).

Click the OK button.

Select & right-click the fourth (last) frame, named Frame4. The Previous link dropdown will already read Frame2.

Click the Position & the Size check-boxes (to ON).

Click the OK button.

You are all set to go.

As laid out, the first page will be the inside of the booklet, left frame (Frame1) on left as you would expect, right frame (Frame2) on right.

The second page will be the outside, with the left frame (Frame3) the front cover, & the right frame (Frame4) the back cover.

So... click inside the first frame on the second page (Frame3), then start typing. It will overflow into Frame1, the left inside page, then Frame2, the right inside page, then Frame4, the back cover.

When you have enough (more or less sample) text or graphics in the pages, click the File menu, Print, Options, click off the Right pages check-box (to OFF), click the OK buton, the OK button, wait while one side of the page prints.

Turn the page end-for-end (most printers) & prepare to feed it back in.

Click the File menu, Print, Options, click the Left pages check-box (to OFF), then the Right pages check-box (to ON), then click the OK buton, the OK button, wait while the other side of the page prints on the reverse of the first.

Fold in half on the long side. Rejoice!

Remember to go back afterwards to ensure that the Left pages & Right pages check-boxes both remain selected (ON), lest massive hair-loss ensue while you try to figure out why only about half of each document is printing.

Hit the chocolate.

Three-fold brochures are not much more difficult. Leaving those instructions for a later occasion.

If you want a simple (monochrome) banner, start The GIMP, click the Xtns menu, Logos, Bovination. Choose a known-good font, click the OK button.

If you want something a little flashier, choose Glowing Hot instead of Bovination. You can change the glow colour by selecting the glow layer in the Layers window (2nd layer), then click the Colors menu, Colorize & twiddle the sliders until satisfied, then click OK.

Save your resulting image (probably as a JPeG) for insertion into your document. Some experimentation with fonts & sizes will necessary in order to achieve visual perfection.

1 comment:

Stephen Page said...

Leon- please email me.