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This video series is based on the presentation of 'Hidden Gems in Draw/Impress' by ARMIN LE GRAND.

The videos "Draw - Hidden Features" link to this page, which contains further information.

This series of video shows hidden functions in Draw and how these are applied under version 5.2.

Copied description in Wiki: Videos/Hidden_Gems_In_Draw

Links to Videos "Draw - Hidden Features" (in German [DE])

Video 1 - Colours and colour bar

Video 2 - Colors on objects

Video 3 - Select and deselect objects and arrow keys

Video 4 - Objects arrangement and alignment

Video 5 - Edit and convert objects - create and change gallery shapes

Video 6 - Copy objects - standard shapes

Video 7 - Merge, subtract and cut objects

Video 1

Link to Video 1 - Colours and colour bar

Colors and Palette

Palette at the bottom
Colour Palette, floating, large

You open Draw and call up the color bar or color palette.

You open the color bar by selecting the menu, View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Color bar, select.

The color bar will be displayed in a rectangle at the bottom of the document window.

The rectangle has an overlapping line with an "Arrow-down" symbol.

This can be used to hide or show the color bar.

If you move the mouse pointer over this line, a double arrow appears.

This line can be moved upwards (become larger) or downwards by dragging with left mouse button.

Floating the Color Bar

If you work with colors frequently, you can grab the gray panel with the left mouse button and pull it upwards, so that the color bar, now called "color palette", floats.

The color palette can be enlarged by dragging the bottom edge.

You can place the color palette at the top, next to the document.

This allows fast color selection.

To re-dock the color palette, hold the Ctrl and double-click the gray area of the color palette window.

The Color Palette window will be docked back to the document window.

Video 2

Slide 1, Red Oval selected

Link to Video 2 - Colors on objects

Colors on Objects

Open LibreOffice Draw and open the reference work file "Draw-Objects.odg".

Now let's color the objects.

In slide 1, select the object "red oval".

When you click on a color in the color palette with the left mouse button, the object takes on the selected color.

When you right-click on a color in the color palette, the border (outline) of the object takes on the selected color.

Alternatively, the fill color and the border color can be selected by using "drag and drop", i.e. dragging the color from the color palette, and placing it on the object or on the border.

The fill color and the line color can also be selected transparently.

Video 3

Link zum Video 3 - Select and deselect objects and arrow keys.

Slide 2
Slide 3
Slide 6

Select and Deselect Objects

Open LibreOffice Draw and open the reference work file "Draw-Objects.odg".

Now let's select the objects.

There are several ways to select items.

Click on the slide 2 on the left.

Use the left mouse button to click on an single object.

You can select multiple objects by holding the left mouse button.

Use Ctrl + A to select all objects.

Click the slide 3 on the left.

With the Tab ↹ key the next object is selected.

Use the ⇧ Shift and Tab ↹ keys to select the previous object.

Click the slide 6 on the left.

With Alt and left mouse click, you can select several arbitrary objects as a group.

You are now deselecting objects.

With ⇧ Shift and left mouse click, You can select and deselect individual objects, if several are selected.

Arrow buttons

Use the arrow keys to move objects.

The arrow keys move the object by one tenth of a grid square (depending on your configuration settings).

Using the arrow keys in combination with the ⇧ Shift moves an object by one grid square (depending on your settings).

Using the arrow keys in combination with the Alt key will move one pixel.

You can also use the arrow keys to increase or decrease the size of an object.

Press Ctrl + Tab ↹ twice.

The upper middle blue dot will flash.

Now you can use the up-arrow key to increase the oval size and down-arrow to decrease it.

Press Ctrl + Tab ↹ again, and another blue dot will flash.

Video 4

Toolbar "Standard"
Slide 9

Link to Video 4 - Objects arrangement and alignment

Arranging Objects

Change the arrangement of objects.

Arrangement refers to the location within the layer system, i.e., which object is located over which.

Now let's try to change the arrangement of objects.

Click on slide 9.

In the "Standard" toolbar, the icons "Arrangement", sequence: "To the front", "To the back", "All the way to the front" and "All the way to the back".

Click on an object, e.g. the circle.

In the "Standard" toolbar, you select the black arrow for the "Arrangement" icon.

Now you have the possibility to change a previously selected object in the arrangement.

A selected object can be placed "All the way forward", "To the front", "To the back" and "All the way back".

You drag the menu down to make it float.

Now you can play through the individual arrangements.

Aligning Objects

You will now align objects in their position.

To align objects in their position within a layer, a check mark must be set in the menu Tools|Options|Grid.

Snapping of objects to snap lines can be found in the menu, Tools|Options|Grid, where the value of the snap range, e.g. 20 pixels, may be adjusted.

Click on the slide 6.

In the Standard toolbar, find the "Align" button and open the menu by clicking the triangle beside the button.

Again, you can float the menu by dragging the handle in the bottom of the menu.

Now you have the possibility to align objects.

The functions in the Align menu in sequence are: "Left", "Centered", "Right", "Top", "Middle" and "Bottom".

You can now execute the individual alignments.

For a single selected object, the orientation refers to the page (slide).

For several selected objects, the orientation is relative to the other objects.

Slide 6: Objects alignment

Aligning Objects to Snap Lines

You can also align to snap lines.

By holding down the left mouse button on the ruler, you can pull down a snap line.

Any number of lines, horizontal and vertical, can be pulled down.

You can also add snap lines using the Insert ▸ Insert Snap Point/Line... in the Insert menu.

A dialog box will appear [[Media:2016 HB LO Dialogbox Neues Fangobjekt.png ["New snap object"]] with the selection options, "Point", "Vertical", or "Horizontal", and the specification of the position.

Right clicking on the snap line you can select to Edit Snap Line... or Delete Snap Line.

In the View menu there is an item Snap Lines.

You can Display Snap Lines, Snap to Snap Lines, and Snap Lines to Front.

If the snap lines are not visible, they will have no effect.

Now you can drag objects with the mouse, and they will snap to the nearest snap line when you drop them.

Snap lines can also be pushed back onto the ruler.

Video 5

Link to Video 5 - Edit and convert objects - create and change gallery shapes

Example: Curve
Example: Curve with help lines
Toolbar: Edit points
Example: Curve with all help lines

Edit and Convert Objects

Edit Objects

Open LibreOffice Draw and open the reference work file "Draw-Objects.odg".

Draw a Curve

You now want to draw a curve.

Click on the slide 5.

If the "Curve" icon 2017 HB LO Symbol Kurve.png is not visible on the "Drawing" toolbar, select View ▸ Toolbar ▸ Customize... from the menu.

In the "Customize" dialog box, you select "Drawing" from the "Toolbar" menu.

For "Toolbar content" | "Commands", scroll down, and check "Curve", then click "OK".

Now you can use the "Curve" button.

Click the "Curve" icon, then click with the left mouse button on the slide, and drag to create a curve.

Then click with the left mouse button on the slide and drag a line.

You release the mouse button and move the mouse to deform the stretch, as a curve.

With the further sequence: click-hold-drag, release and form a curve, the curve can be continued at will.

When the curve has the desired shape, double-click to complete the curve, see example curve on the right.

Draw a Curve With Help Lines

The curve can be edited further.

Select the curve by clicking on it.

Then click the "Edit points" icon or the F8 key.

Hold ⇧ Shift and left-click the mouse; a tangent line with two end points will appear.

By manipulating the ends of the tangent, you can further deform the curve.

Add Points

You can also add points to the curve.

Select from the menu View ▸ Toolbar ▸ Edit Points.

In the toolbar "Edit Points", click on "Insert Point" 2017 HB LO Symbol Punkte einfügen.png.

Then click on the curve where you want the new point to be placed.

Delete Points

You can also delete points from the curve.

For this purpose the corresponding point must be clicked.

Click on the point, then click on "Edit Points", then select "Delete points" 2017 HB LO Symbol Punkte löschen.png in the toolbar.

Split the Curve

A curve can also be split up.

Select the point at the desired location, or set and select a new point.

After that the toolbar "Edit points", the "Split curve" symbol 2017 HB LO Symbol Kurve auftrennen.png was chosen.

Display all points with help lines

When the curve is selected, hold and drag the left mouse button to assign a rectangular range covering the entire curve.

It will display all the points with their help lines.

Points - other functions

If you click on a point with the curve selected, additional functions can be selected, including "Corner Point", "Smooth Transition", and "Symmetrical Transition" 2017 HB LO Symbole Es GÜ SÜ.png.

Close the curve (Bezier)

You can also close the curve.

When the curve is selected, click on the "close Bezier" icon 2017 HB LO Symbol Bezier schliessen.png to close the curve.

Further explanations on Bézier Curves

Here are some further explanations on Bézier curve:

Dokumentation - Bézierkurven - DE, von Regina Henschel (in German)] and
Bézier curve⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg

Convert Objects

Slide 8
Gallery: User-folder
Slide 2 with 10 copied ellipses
Slide 7

Convert curve

You can also convert objects to other forms.

Click on the curve with the right mouse button.

In the menu, select Convert ▸ To Polygon.

In order to keep an overview, you can watch the status of the object during processing in the lower left corner of the status bar.

Then, if you click the polygon with the right mouse button, you can select Convert ▸ To Curve.

Now you have a curve that has more points than before.

Basic Shapes Transform and Deform

Click on the slide 2.

In the 'Drawing' toolbar, Select the circle for standard shapes and draw a circle.

Now click on the circle with the right mouse button, and choose Convert ▸ To curve and you can deform the circle.

Convert Text Symbols

Simple text can also be converted just like curves.

Click on the slide 8.

In the "Standard" toolbar, click the "Text box" 2017 HB LO Symbol Textfeld.png icon and place a text box on the slide.

In the main menu Insert ▸ Special character... you can select the font, e.g. "Webdings".

Write some characters in the text box and select a larger font, e.g. 150 pt.

Right-click on the frame of the text box and select Convert ▸ To curve.

Then right-click the characters and select Ungroup.

Now the individual characters can be deformed, colored, and added to the gallery.

Add text characters to the Gallery

A user folder must be created in the gallery.

When adding to the gallery, proceed as follows:
Click on the text symbol with the left mouse button and hold it until the cursor takes on the following shape 202001 LODEHB Draw-Cursor zum Verschieben.JPG.

Then move it to the Gallery pull.

Create And modify gallery shapes

A user folder must be created in the Gallery.

With "drag and drop" you can drag the converted text symbols into the Gallery.

The Gallery objects can now be added arbitrarily with Add.

Video 6

Link to Video 6 - Copy objects - standard shapes

Copy objects

Click on the slide 2.

You draw any object, for example an ellipse.

Any selected object can be dragged-copied with the left mouse button while holding down the Ctrl key.

The Ctrl key can also be used to copy several selected objects simultaneously.

Alternatively, ⇧ Shift + F3 can be used to specify the number of copies of a selected object.

Press ⇧ Shift + F3.

The dialogue box opens [[Media:2017 HB LO Dialog box Duplicate.png ["Duplicate"]].

You enter the desired number of copies.

Here you can also enter the "Displacement", "Magnification" and "Colours" for "Start" and "End".

For "Displacement", "X axis", enter, '-0.50 cm.

For "Start" and "End" select two different colours and click OK.

You have now, for example 10 copies is generated.

With ⇧ Shift + F3, this operation can also be performed with multiple objects.

Basic Forms

Objects can also be inserted quickly.

Click on the slide 7.

On the 'Drawing' toolbar, click the black arrow at the right of 'Basic shapes' icon.

The selection of the basic shapes is displayed.

The selection with the standard shapes can be dragged with the mouse button held down, floating freely.

With Ctrl and clicking the left mouse button on a shape, this shape with the standard attributes is inserted into the slide.

Video 7

Link to Video 7 - Merge, subtract and cut objects

Merging, subtracting, and cutting objects


Object Merging

Click on the slide 9.

In the drawing toolbar, you can use the Ellipse icon to draw a circle or an ellipse.

Then use the Rectangle to draw a rectangle.

You move the rectangle partially over the circle and select both circle and rectangle.

Now select Modify ▸ Shapes ▸ Merge from the menu.

The circle and rectangle have now merged into a new shape.

Object Subtracting

Following the circle and rectangle example, lay the circle over the rectangle.

Now select Modify ▸ Shapes ▸ Subtract from the menu.

You can repeat this with other shapes.

Object Cutting

Again, you select both the rectangle and the circle.

Now select Modify ▸ Shapes ▸ Intersect from the menu.

The shapes will be cut and only the intersection part will be left.

Further Informations

Work files


The Gallery LibreOffice 7.0

The_Gallery_LibreOffice 7.0

FAQ/Draw - Gallery

Faq/Draw - Gallery

Documentation / Manuals

Documentation / Manuals

Any questions?

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