Specifying Print Settings for Bitmaps, Transparency, and ColorGrayscale

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Specifying Print Settings for Bitmaps, Transparency, and Color/Grayscale

Ironically, it can take more time and memory to print transparent graphics than regular ones. (Transparent graphics aren't entirely transparentthey're just slightly seethrough, depending on the setting. To make a graphic transparent, select it in Draw and choose Format > Area > Transparency, or select a bitmap in any application and when the raster toolbar appears, go to the far right and adjust the transparency in the Transparency field.)

You can also set options that make graphics grayscale, and other features shown in Figure 4-46. Choose Tools > Options > Print and make the appropriate selections.

Figure 4-46. Selecting graphics print options

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Printing Brochures

In Impress, Draw, Web, and Writer, you can print a a document so that it can be made into a brochure. When the pages of the printed brochure are folded in half and stapled, there are two slides on each side of each page, and they're in the correct order for a brochure. Two pages are printed on each sheet of paper. (You'll need to change the paper size in Page Setup to fit the document onto letter-size paper; see the procedure for tips on setting margins.)

How Brochure Printing Works

Here's how brochure printing works for an eight-page brochure, if you're not using a duplex printer.

  • Select Brochure and print Right or Front only to a single-sided printer The program prints pages 8, 1, 6, and 3, in that order, on two sheets of paper.

  • Select Brochure and print Left or Back only to a single-sided printer The program prints pages 2, 7, 4, and 5, in that order, on two sheets of paper.

  • Select Brochure and print both front and back to a tumbled duplex printer The program prints 8, 1, 2, 7, 6, 3, 4, and 5, on two sheets of paper.

Figure 4-47 shows what the output would look like for a portrait document printed in Draw or Impress.

Figure 4-47. Brochure output for a portrait document in Draw or Impress

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Figure 4-48 shows what the output would look like for a landscape document.

Figure 4-48. Brochure output for a landscape document

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Figure 4-49 shows what happens in Writer and Web for landscape or portrait orientation.

Figure 4-49. Brochure output in Web and Writer, landscape and portrait

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The fun thing about printing brochures is that it works two or three different ways, among four applications. Both applications print the pages in the same order, as shown in Figure 4-47 and Figure 4-48, but the page dimensions are different. The brochure is one-fourth the size of the original document. the program shrinks the font and page dimensions so that you only print on half of a letter- sized piece of paper, as shown at right, but doesn't turn the page 90 degrees, as it should.

Before You Begin

Note on brochures in Web

You're better off having a duplex-capable printer, or else you're printing two copies of every brochure. See Setting Up a Duplex Printer or Making a Duplex Printer Print Single-Sided on page 57 for more information.

Setup for Draw and Impress

You'll need to modify the page size, then adjust the content as necessary to fit within the smaller page size.

If you print without changing the margins, you'll end up with only 2/3 of the contents of the odd pages. Choose Format > Page and select the Page tab. From the Paper format list, select User paper size and enter dimensions in the Width and Height fields below it. Figure 4-50 illustrates the settings for a portrait document printed on letter-size paper.

Figure 4-50. Draw and Impress: Page setup for a brochure

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Printing the Brochure on a Duplex Printer

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Be sure your document margins and size are set up correctly, according to the setup instructions earlier in this section.

  3. Be sure your duplex printer is set up correctly, according to Table 4-4. See Setting Up a Duplex Printer or Making a Duplex Printer Print Single-Sided on page 57 for more information.

    Table 4-4. Duplex printing settings

    Application

    Orientation

    Duplex setting

    Writer, Web

    Portrait

    Simplex

    Landscape

    Short Side

    Draw and Impress

    Portrait

    Landscape

    Landscape

    Landscape

  4. In the Print window, click the Properties button. In the printer setup window, set the orientation to landscape or portrait, and select the correct paper size.

    Note

    It usually doesn't matter what you put in this window, but it does for brochures. The orientation and paper size must match what you specified in the page setup window for the document.

  5. In the Print window, click Options.

  6. Select the Brochure option and, if you're using Writer, Draw, or Impress, select the Front (or Right) option.

  7. Click OK, then click OK again to print.

Printing the Brochure on a Single-Sided Printer

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Be sure your document margins and size are set up correctly, according to the setup instructions earlier in this section.

  3. In the Print window, click the Properties button. In the printer setup window, set the orientation to landscape or portrait, and select the correct paper size.

    Note

    It usually doesn't matter what you put in this window, but it does for brochures. The orientation and paper size must match what you specified in the page setup window for the document.

  4. In the Print window, click Options.

  5. Select the Brochure option and, if you're using Writer, Draw, or Impress, select the Front (or Right) option.

  6. Click OK, then click OK again to print.

  7. Put the printed pages into the printer, correct side up, and choose File > Print again.

    Note

    If your printer prints cover sheets for every print job, add an extra sheet of paper on top of the sheets, or turn off cover sheets.

  8. Click Properties again and make sure that the orientation and paper size are still correct.

  9. Click Options again. In the Printer Options window, select Brochure again.

    • If you're using Web, select Reversed

    • If you're using Writer, Draw, or Impress, select Left (or Back)

  10. Click OK, then click OK again to print.

  11. If you're using Web, you now have two copies of the brochure. The odd sheets of paper (not pages) go together, and the even sheets of paper go together.