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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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Using Fontwork

Use Fontwork to obtain special text effects. For more about this topic, see Chapter 15 (Using Fontwork) in the Getting Started guide.

To start using Fontwork:

  1. Open the Fontwork Gallery by clicking the icon on the Drawing toolbar (see Figure 67) or on the Fontwork toolbar (see Figure 81). If the Drawing toolbar is not showing, you can go directly to the Fontwork toolbar by selecting View > Toolbars > Fontwork from the main menu bar.

  2. Select from the Fontwork Gallery (Figure 79) the preferred style and click OK. You can modify it later, so pick one providing an effect similar to the desired one. The text Fontwork in the selected style appears on the slide (Figure 80).


  • Double-click the object to edit the Fontwork text. Type your own text in place of the black Fontwork that appears over the object (Figure 80).

  • Press the Esc key or click outside the area with the blue resizing handles to exit.


    Now that the Fontwork object is created, you can edit some of its attributes. To do this, you can use the Fontwork toolbar or other options as described in the next section.

      1. Using the Fontwork toolbar

    Make sure that the Fontwork toolbar, shown in Figure 81, is visible on the workspace. If not, select View > Toolbars > Fontwork from the main menu bar.


    In addition to the Fontwork Gallery icon, this toolbar contains the following icons:

    Fontwork shape: to change the shape of the selected object, choose a shape from the extended toolbar (Figure 82).


    Fontwork Same Letter Heights: Changes the height of characters in the object. Toggles between normal height (some characters taller than others, for example capital letters, d, h, l and others) and all letters the same height. See Figure 83.


    Fontwork Alignment: specify the alignment of the text within the frame from the choices available in Figure 84. The effects of the text alignment can only be appreciated if the text spans over two or more lines. In the Stretch Justify mode all the lines are filled completely.


    Fontwork Character Spacing: select the desired spacing (Figure 85) and whether kerning pairs should be used. For custom spacing, input a percentage value: 100% is normal spacing; less than 100% is tight spacing; more than 100% is expanded spacing.


    1. Modifying Fontwork text as a shape

    It is possible to treat Fontwork text as a shape and therefore to apply to it all the formatting that has been described in this chapter. Assign line properties only to Fontwork which does not have a 3D effect, otherwise the changes will not be visible.


    Change the Fontwork color quickly using the Area fill color swatch on the Line and Filling toolbar.

    In the same way as it is possible to modify the angles of Trapezoids and Parallelogram basic shape by moving the yellow dot that is displayed along with the blue resizing handles, it is possible to modify some of the Fontwork shapes.

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