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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:20 am    Post subject: Newbie - want to crop a picture Reply with quote

Hi!

I have used OpenOffice for a very short time but has been asked to write a short tutorial teaching previous Office-users how to use OOo instead...

I press PrintScreen, oped OOo Draw and then paste the picture. Then I want to select a certain part of the picture and crop it... I have done this in several different graphic programs - PhotoShop, PSP, IrfanView for example - and in every software I have been able to draw an area in the picture and then selec Crop to selecion (or similar). In Draw I can't find out how to do it - I can only find where I exactly give the measurements - but that is somewhat difficult handling...

Does anybody understand what I mean? Can anybody give me a hint how to do this in an easier way?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On your "picture" toolbar (I am on an Italian OOo, so check the name) you will see a button (the one to the right) with scissors called "cut". This is not for cutting the whole image, but a portion of it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - but that is the one I use... and then I have to assign measurements... Because I can't find the way to make a selection BEFORE (which is what I REALLY want)...

I must be missing something essential...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not possible to crop images "by hand" with the mouse as with other softwares, you need to use that menu.
Keep in mind that Draw is a vector graphic utility, not an image editor. I agree it would be nice to have an easier way to do those things, but in order to edit images it is better to use a dedicated tool, like The Gimp.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Keep in mind that Draw is a vector graphic utility, not an image editor.

This is 100% true: there is nothing that Draw (or any other part of OOo) does that edits (i.e. changes) an image. When you crop an image in OOo, you really specifiy that only a portion of the image is to be shown, but the entire image is still in your document file. Normally this makes little difference, but it could be important if you paste in several large images and "crop" them down expecting the file to get smaller.

If you really want to crop an image, use an image editor, then paste it into OOo.

You should be able to just keep the image editor open (Gimp or Windows Paint will do), paste your snapshot there, crop it, then copy & paste that into Draw. Not a big deal at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:50 am    Post subject: Draw Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for claryfying!

I suspected the given solution but I just wanted to know... Wink I have used IrfanView before and I see now that GIMP is suggested... Does anyone know any big pro and cons for these software?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:50 am    Post subject: GIMP vs IrfanView Reply with quote

GIMP is used in Linux and other Unix variants. It is a very large program similar to PhotoShop. It is a wonderful program and you can do a lot with it. But it does have a learning curve. IfanView is very easy to use, but only runs in Windows. If Irfan Skiljan ever did a port to Linux, that It would be a very welcome addition. I have used both and for quick cropping and pasting, and making small adjustments, I would go with IrfanView
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learning a little Gimp (e.g. cropping) is not hard and is invaluable if you have to work (or may have to work) on several different platforms. Gimp is the only free (either gratis or libre) software I know of that will work on (Mac, Linux and Windows).

For many intermediate-to-difficult tasks, many people find the Gimp user interface is hard to learn and awkward to use. The vast majority of graphics pros use Photoshop, so if you anticipate needing to grow in that direction, then the Gimp will probably counter-productive for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for very enlightning replies!

I see now what I have to do - and I see what software I can use.

It seems like it would be a good idea to start learning GIMP although it in this moment looks a little mysterious... Wink

I will start looking for tutorials and spend some time learning it!

Thanks again! Appreciated!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy, interactive cropping is now built into in OpenOffice.org 3.0. Please give it a try to find any bugs before the OpenOffice.org 3.0 final release September 2008.

Also, OpenOffice.org 2.2+ supports CropOOo, an extension for interactive cropping.

This is an old post, so my reply is partially for the record (people searching the archives).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: hi Reply with quote

The main thing about OpenOffice.org 3.0's cropping is its non-destructive i.e. after you close OpenOffice.org and reopen your document, you can change your mind and reverse the crop
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