7. Drag a selection frame around the image and the text frame.
8. Choose File - Export and ensure that the Selection check box is
9. Select an image format and click Save. If prompted, set the image
properties and click OK.
If you select a bitmap object (for example, an inserted GIF or JEPEG image) in
StarOffice Impress or StarOffice Draw, you will automatically see the Graphics
Object Bar. This bar enables you to modify the color tone, brightness and contrast
of the bitmap object.
You can also change the transparency value of bitmap objects. At a higher trans-
parency value the bitmap object becomes see-through, and you can discern objects
lying behind it. When you export your work into a graphic format, the transpar-
ency is only exported if the graphic format supports the transparency.
Inserting, Editing, Saving Bitmaps
A bitmap image can be inserted in StarOffice Writer, StarOffice Calc, StarOffice
Draw and StarOffice Impress documents.
1. Choose Insert - Graphics - From File. In StarOffice Draw and StarOffice
Impress choose Insert - Graphics.
2. Select the file. In the File type box you can restrict the selection to certain file
3. Check the Link box if you want a link to the original file.
If the Link box is marked, whenever the document is updated and loaded the
bitmap image is reloaded. The editing steps that you have carried out in the
local copy of the image in the document are re-applied and the image is
If the Link box is not marked, you are always working with the copy created
when the graphic was first inserted.
To embed graphics that were first inserted as links, go to Edit - Links and click
the Break Link button.
4. Click Open to insert the image.
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When you select the bitmap image, the Object Bar offers you the tools for editing
the image. Only a local copy is edited in the document, even if you have inserted
an image as a link.
The Object Bar may look slightly different depending to the module you are
using. The illustration shows the Object Bar in StarOffice Draw:
A number of filters are located on the Filter floating toolbar, which you can open
with the icon on the far left of the Object Bar:
Some of the filters open a dialog, which you can use to select, for
example, the intensity of the filter.
In StarOffice Draw and StarOffice Image, you can add text and
graphics, select these objects together with the bitmap, and export
the selection as a new bitmap image.
If you want to save in a format such as GIF, JPEG or TIFF, you must select and
export the bitmap image. This is only possible in StarOffice Draw and StarOffice
1. Select the bitmap image. You can also select additional objects, such as text, to
be exported with the image by pressing the shift key while selecting or by
opening a selection frame around all objects.
2. Choose File - Export. The Export dialog opens.
3. In the File format field, select the file format you want, for example GIF or
4. If you only want to export the selected objects, mark the Selection box.
If Selection is not marked, the entire page of the document is exported.
5. Enter a name for the file and click Save.
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Working With Colors
On the Object Bar is a list box where you can choose the color for a selected object
from a number of predefined colors. You can choose the color of the border line
independently of the color of the filling.
The Color Bar
You can show the Color Bar on the edge of a drawing or presentation. You can
color the selected object by clicking on a color, or by dragging and dropping a
color from the Color Bar onto an object. Choose View - Toolbars - Color Bar.
The Color Bar displays all predefined colors with their names in the same order as
in the list box of the Object Bar. If you define colors, these will appear at the end of
the Color Bar and the bottom of the list box.
The field at top left of the Color Bar is for the color "Invisible".
Defining Custom Colors
If you want, you can mix a custom color and add it to a color table.
To define a custom color
1. Choose Format - Area and click the Colors tab. A table of the predefined colors
Changes made to the standard color table are permanent and are saved auto-
2. Click a color in the table that is similar to the one you want to mix. The color
appears in the upper preview box to the right of the table.
3. Select the RGB or CMYK color model in the box below the preview boxes.
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The RGB color model mixes red, green and blue light to create colors on a
computer screen. In the RGB model, the three color components are additive
and can have values ranging from 0 (black) to 255 (white). The CMYK color
model combines Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y), and blacK (K, also used
for "Key") to create colors for printing. The four colors of the CMYK models are
subtractive and are defined as percentages. Black corresponds to 100 % and
white to 0 %.
4. Enter a numeric value in the boxes next to the color components. The new color
appears in the preview box directly above the color model box.
You can also create a color using a color spectrum. Click the Edit button to open
the Color dialog. Click a color and click OK. Use the Hue, Saturation, and Bright-
ness boxes to adjust your color selection.
5. Do one of the following:
If you want to replace the color in the standard color table that your custom
color is based on, click Modify.
If you want to add your custom color to the standard color table, enter a
name in the Name text box and click Add.
You can replace colors in bitmaps with the Eyedropper tool.
Up to four colors can be replaced at once.
You can also use the Transparency option to replace the transparent areas of an
image with a color.
Similarly, you can use the Eyedropper to make a color on your image transparent.
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To replace colors with the Eyedropper tool
Ensure that the image you are using is a bitmap (for example, BMP, GIF, JPG, or
PNG) or a metafile (for example, WMF).
1. Choose Tools - Eyedropper.
2. Click the Eyedropper icon and position the mouse pointer over the color you
want to replace in the image. The color appears in the box next to the
3. Click the color in the image. The color appears in the first Source color box and
the check box next to the color is selected.
4. In the Replace with box, select the new color.
This replaces all occurrences of the Source color in the image.
5. If you want to replace another color while the dialog is open, select the check
box in front of Source color in the next row and repeat steps 3 to 5.
6. Click Replace.
If you want to expand or contract the color selection area, increase of decrease the
tolerance of the Eyedropper tool and repeat your selection.
Gradients and Patterns for Objects and
The objects in your drawings and presentations do not have to have uniform
colors. They can also have color gradients, transparency gradients, patterns and
hatching effects. You can also define a color, a gradient or a pattern for a back-
ground that is visible in all slides of a presentation.
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Creating Gradient Fills
A gradient fill is a incremental blend of two different colors or shades of the same
color that you can apply to a drawing object.
To apply a gradient:
1. Select a drawing object.
2. Choose Format - Area and select Gradient as the Fill type.
3. Select a gradient style from the list and click OK.
Creating Custom Gradients
You can define your own gradients, modify existing gradients as well as save and
load a list of gradient files.
You do not have to select an object to define a gradient.
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To create a custom gradient:
1. Choose Format - Area and click the Gradients tab.
2. Select a gradient from the list to use as the basis for your new gradient and
3. Enter a name for the gradient in the text box and click OK. The name
appears at the end of the gradient list and is selected for editing.
4. Set the gradient properties and click Modify to save the gradient.
5. Click OK.
Using Gradients and Transparency
You can adjust the properties of a gradient as well as the transparency of a
drawing object with your mouse.
To adjust the gradient of a drawing object:
1. Select a drawing object with the gradient you want to modify.
2. Open the Effects floating toolbar on the Main toolbar.
3. Click the Gradient icon. A line joining the two color endpoints (small
boxes) of the gradient appears in the gradient fill of the object.
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Depending on the gradient, you can drag one or both of the endpoints with the
mouse to change where the gradient starts, ends or even the angle of the gradient.
If the Color Bar is visible, you can also drag-and-drop colors onto the endpoints.
To adjust the transparency of an object, select the object and click the
Transparency icon on the Effects floating toolbar. A line joining two trans-
parency endpoints (0% and 100%) appears in the object. Drag the
endpoints to define the transparency gradient.
Organizing the Attribute Tables
The icons Load Gradients List and Save Gradients List open dialogs for opening
and saving gradients. The current gradient list, for instance, might consist of all
gradients which you have defined for a certain project. Save the list, so that you
can reload it later, when you are working on the same project again. The same
procedure applies for loading and saving lists of hatching and bitmaps.
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