Open office 3.3 slideshow tutorial by modelmgtPresentation Transcript
Welcome to Modelmgt's Tutorial for Open Office 3.3 “Presentation” (or Slideshow) Format. When I needed to know how to work this program in order to continue posting chapters for my uglacy, I was surprised to discover that, when we asked around, no one we knew had done a basic tutorial for it, and so I had to learn on my own. It wasn't hard after all, and I'd like to share what I know. This is for anyone who finds themselves in the same place I was, which is to say horrified that they might have to stop posting for lack of knowledge. What I know so far....
1. Load Open Office and you'll find 6 available format options; double-click “presentation” to start setting up the slideshow.
1(a.) Step 1 of setup: the “empty presentation” option should already be selected, so click the Next button. 1(b.) Step 2 of setup: here is where you select the background for the entire slideshow, if you want one. There is also an option to leave it blank white. See the next page for an example.
The keyboard pattern used here is one such background. Single-click each one to get a preview in the larger box to the right. When you've decided on one, make sure it's selected and click the Next button. * HINT: it's helpful when learning to line everything up if you have chosen a background with a border around it. Presentation Background Black & White Blue Border Blue Lines & Gradient Blue Step Gradient Preview background here
1(c.) Step 3 of Setup: Everything here can be left as is. This is your last chance to change the background selection(by clicking the Back button). Click the Create button to finalize the setup and get to the fun stuff! Default Automatic Effect Speed Preview background again
See the next page for a layout recommendation. Slides 1. Slide 1 Tasks Layout 1. Choose a layout for your slideshow. Each slide you make shows up as a thumbnail in the vertical column to the right, complete with positions of pictures and text. You can: * Select slides individually(handy for editing purposes). *Click-and-drag slides (up or down) individually to change the order they'll appear. *Delete unwanted slides by clicking them and then pushing the delete key on the keyboard. *Keep track of how many slides are currently in your slideshow. Each one is automatically numbered at the top left and bottom right.
To the best of my knowledge, layouts cannot be set on a per-slide basis; in other words pick a layout that will work for all of the slides. This layout is called “Centered Text”. I use it in my own slideshows as it can be enlarged to help make the text for a title page, or it can be otherwise changed into a wide variety of square or rectangular shapes for your captions, and it can be positioned anywhere on the page you like. This layout will be the one used as demonstration for this tutorial. I recommend this layout, but feel free to experiment and find what works for you.
To make a text-only title page, click directly on the line of text in the square, and begin typing. Set in a row among the icons at the top of the window are all the basic type controls you need such as font, size, text color and paragraph alignment. These(and the box) disappear when you click anywhere outside the box. To get the box back again, double-click your existing text. Try and pick a fairly common font because the slideshow sites will replace the type with something else if they don't have it there. When you select the layout, it automatically comes up as a full-slide version which looks something like this: Click to add text
Great! But what if you wanted a background behind the type? If that's the case, you have to put down the background, THEN do the typing. 1. if the backgrounds aren't already up, find this menu at the top left of the window and select “Backgrounds”. -an assortment of thumbnails will show up in the rectangular window right next to the menu. 2. Double-click the thumbnail you want to use as the background for your text. All others will disappear from the window. 3. Right-click on the thumbnail in the window, and choose Insert, then Copy. The thumbnail will then appear on your slide. Backgrounds Bullets Homepage My Theme New Theme Rulers Sounds When you click on the COPY of the thumbnail, you will see green points like this at each corner, and in the middle of each side of the square. - Hold down the shift key while click-and-dragging a corner to enlarge the thumbnail without distorting the shape and/or pattern. - with the points highlighted, go to Edit in the menubar at the top of the page, then Copy. Paste then click-and-drag as many times as you like to create more of a tile effect for your background .
3. Using the mouse(or arrow keys for more precise control) click-and-drag the layout box(by the lines, not the points) up to join the photo. *see the next page for layout suggestion. Much like the background thumbnails have green points, the layout boxes have blue ones. The first step in creating a chapter page with a caption is to re-size the box using the blue points. 1. This time WITHOUT the shift key(you want that rectangular shape)click-and-drag the top middle down until the rectangle is on the lower half of the page. 2. Retrieve the desired photo from the game files, copy-pasting it into the page. Click to add text
- everything tends to shift slightly when it gets converted to the online slideshows. Especially the text, which shifts downwards. By keeping it within the borders on the sides and top, and keeping the caption close to the photo, there's less chance of it drifting off the page to the point that it's unreadable. Drag caption here 2. 3. Place Photo Here
Located among the last 4 of the first row of icons, it simply is labeled “Slide”. Each time you finish a page, single-click this button to generate another blank slide, with another full-page sized layout. So to review: 1: Choose your layout. 2: Cover Page(optional) 3: First page of the chapter a.re-size layout for caption b. copy-paste photo from game files c. re-size and align photo and box d. write caption(C & D can flip-flop) 4. click “Slide” button to generate the next blank slide If you've gotten THIS far, you should have, like me, solved the riddle of the Title Page(with background and type), and your basic TS2 Album layout. But how to proceed? There's just one button left, and it looks like this: