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Create Your First Drawing Using LibreOffice Draw

This beginners tutorial will show how to draw simple shapes and acquaint you with the Draw workspace.

LibreOffice draw is an application for creating graphics, images, posters and desktop publishing as well. This free software comes as part of LibreOffice office suite.


LibreOffice Draw is having easy to use  workspace with toolbars and shortcuts. The following image shows the default LibreOffice Draw workspace.

LibreOffice Draw Workspace
LibreOffice Draw Workspace

In the middle, the main canvas is present for drawing. On the left side, all the shapes e.g. geometric shapes, flowchart shapes etc is present. On the right side the main properties window of shapes and canvas.


To start drawing in LibreOffice Draw, simply click any shapes and draw using mouse inside canvas. You can also change background colors, line colors with the properties window of selected shapes in the right side.

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Shape Properties
Shape Properties

There are huge list of in-built gallery of small images/clip arts which you can just drag to canvas for your use.


You can combine any types of shapes, texts and graphics to come up with your drawing.

LibreOffice Draw - In Works
LibreOffice Draw – In Works


Export and Save

You can find the save and export optiosn from the File menu in LibreOffice Draw. Draw supports below exporting file types (which covers almost all popular types):

  • HTML Document – .html, .htm
  • XHTML – .xhtml
  • PDF
  • Flash – .swf
  • BMP – .bmp
  • EMF – .emf
  • EPS – Encapsulated PostScript – .eps
  • GIF – .gif
  • JPEG – .jpeg, .jpg, .jfif, .jif, .jpe
  • PNG – .png
  • SVG – .svg, .svgz
  • TIFF – .tif, .tiff
  • WMF – .wmf
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Simply choose your desired type and save.


This tutorial gives you a basic overview of LibreOffice Draw to get you started. Drop a comment below if you have any comments/suggestion.

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