Insert and edit images in Writer Part 2

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    Foreword and topics in part 2


    The video "Inserting and editing images in Writer - part 2" links to this page here, which contains further information.

    Link to the Video

    Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

    Bilder einfügen und bearbeiten in Writer - Teil 2

    Create a simple Border for an Image

    Open Writer and the file Lorem ipsum mit Bild_015_k – ohne Beschriftung.odt.

    Create Border

    Right-click on the image.

    In the context menu, choose Properties…

    In the "Image" dialog, choose the "Border" tab.

    For Line ▸ Style select "Engraved".

    For width, select "Custom" and then 6.00 pt.

    And for Color, select "Light magenta 1".

    Click on the icon "All Four Borders" at Line Arrangement ▸ Presets:.

    Click on OK.

    The Image now has a Border.

    Save document

    If necessary, save your document under a new Name.

    Images in Table cells

    Open Writer.

    Set Page to landscape format

    Click in the menu Format ▸ Page Style and on the "Page" tab.

    At Paper Format ▸ Orientation: click on "Landscape" and OK.

    The Page is now displayed in Landscape format.

    Insert table

    You now click in the menu Table ▸ Insert Table….

    The dialog appears "Insert Table".

    For "General" enter 3 for "Columns".

    And for "Rows", leave it at 2.

    For "Styles", select "Default Table Style".

    And click the Insert button.

    Adjust Size of table

    Right-click on the table and the Context menu appears.

    Choose Size ▸ Row Height… from the Context menu.

    Enter as Height = 8.00 cm and uncheck "□ Fit to size".

    Insert images into table

    Place the cursor in the first cell at the top left.

    Click the "Insert Image…" icon on the "Standard" toolbar. 742 Writer Icon InsertImage.png

    Make your selection in the "Insert Image" dialog - Bild_004_k.JPG.

    Repeat this with the remaining cells and insert the Images Bild_005_k to Bild_009_k there.

    Set Borders for Table

    Images with inscription
    Images without inscription

    Right-click in the Table.

    In the Context menu that appears, choose Table Properties….

    In the dialog select "Table Properties" the tab "Borders".

    At Line ▸ Style select the "Embossed" Style.

    For Width enter "Custom" and 9.00 pt.

    And for Colour, select "Light Orange 1".

    At Line Arrangements ▸ Presets click on the icon "Outer Border and All Inner Lines".

    Click on OK.

    Images in the Background

    Set the images still in the background, by right-clicking on each image and choosing Wrap ▸ In Background from the Context menu.

    Labelling the images

    You still have some space under the pictures and can insert a label there.

    Save document

    If necessary, save your document under a new name.

    Collages in Shapes with designed Borders

    Example Collage

    Open Writer.

    Set Page format

    Click the Format ▸ Page Style… menu.

    In the "Page Style: Default Page Style" dialog klick the "Page" tab

    For Paper Format ▸ Orientation, click "Landscape" and then on OK.

    The Page is now displayed in Landscape format.

    Color for the page background

    Click the Format ▸ Page Style… menu.

    Select the "Area" tab and the Colour button.

    Select the Color "Light magenta 4" and click OK.

    Insert Image

    Click the "Insert image…" icon on the ″Standard″ toolbar.

    Select the Bild_011_k.JPG.

    Enter 8.0 cm in the side bar for ″Width″.

    Compress Image

    Now right-click on the image and click Compress….

    Click on OK.

    Save Image


    Right-click on the image again and select Save.

    In the dialog ″Image export″ expand the name to Bild_011_kk.

    Click on Save.

    Click OK.

    Draw Ellipse and Insert Picture

    Example with a circle

    Now, as an example, draw the shape ellipse and leave it selected.

    Click on the "Insert image…" icon.

    Select the image Bild_011_kk.JPG.

    Click on Open.

    The image is now displayed in an ellipse.

    Fit the size of the image into the shape

    Dialog Area Tab Area Button Image
    Image 100percent

    Right-click on the Shape with the image and select "Area".

    In the "Area" tab at Options ▸ Style: choose "Stretched".

    This will fit the image into the ellipse.

    Klick on OK

    Now the whole image will be displayed in the shape (except the corners).

    Insert shadow for the image

    Resize the ellipse.

    Right-click on the ellipse and choose Area.

    In the ″Shadows″ tab, place a checkmark at ″Applying Shadows″.

    For ″Distanz″ enter 0,20 cm.

    For Color, select ″Dark magenta 1″ and click OK.

    Add more shapes and images to collage

    You can now repeat this with further images, e.g. Bild_012_k to Bild_014_k, and other shapes.

    Distribute the images on the page as you wish until the collage is perfect for you.

    Add another frame to the page, using menu Format ▸ Page ▸ Border.

    Save Document

    If necessary, save your document under a new name.

    Example image and circle in Draw

    You might find it easier to do it this way:

    Workaround from @EarnestAl on AskLibreOffice

    Writer does not allow grouping of images and shapes.

    If you use Draw, you can then copy the finished image to Writer.

    1. Crop the raster image to square with the important part central
    2. Drag the circle over the raster image. (Important: Arrange the raster image to the back if it covers the circle)
    3. Select both, right click and select Shapes ▸ Intersect

    View pictures on PC - Surprise

    GIF file

    If you like to view and demonstrate your self-made pictures with frames on your PC, you can add a little surprise.

    Use a moving GIF file instead of the picture as a JPG or PNG file.

    Insert a moving GIF instead of a picture.

    In the sidebar you can reduce the GIF, for example, enter 5.0 cm for ″Width″.

    Right-click on the GIF and choose Properties....

    In the "Image" dialog, there in the ″Border″ tab, set any border you want.

    Right-click on the GIF and select Arrangement ▸ Backward.

    For the GIF, you should make sure during production that the file size is as small as possible.

    Save document

    If necessary, save your document under a new name.

    Further Informations

    Wiki-Page Part 1

    Insert and edit images in Writer Part 1
    Inserting images in Writer Part 3

    Working documents used

    Lorem ipsum V63.odt

    Lorem ipsum V63 mit Bild_015_k - ohne Beschriftung.odt

    Lorem ipsum V63 mit Bild_015_k - mit Beschriftung.odt

    LiV63 mit Bild_015_k – ohne Beschriftung mit Rahmen.odt

    Bilder in Tabellen-Rahmen - mit Beschriftung.odt

    Bilder in Tabellen-Rahmen - ohne Beschriftung.odt

    Collagen - Bilder in Formen.odt

    Collagen - Bilder in Formen mit einem GIF.odt

    Used images

    Bild_001_k to Bild_034_k.jpg and GIF_001_k.gif

    Downloadable document to the video

    in German [DE]

    Bilder einfügen und bearbeiten Teil 2 V63.odt

    Related topics

    Image Border Size - Going Above 9.00 pt?

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