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
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.
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
Figure 4-48 shows what the output would look like for a landscape document.
Figure 4-48. Brochure output for a landscape document
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
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
Printing the Brochure on a Duplex Printer
Printing the Brochure on a Single-Sided Printer