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How to Make a Oval Shape Picture Using Open Office

Updated July 20, 2017

When loading an image onto the computer from any media, it is always either square or rectangular in shape. This image file can be opened inside of Open Office Draw and then combined with an ellipse shape to create an oval-shaped picture or the illusion of an oval frame. A second oval can then be added, if desired to create a frame. Performing this series of steps is similar to creating a mask in other graphics programs.

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  1. Open OpenOffice Draw by clicking "Start > All Programs > OpenOffice.org > OpenOffice Draw" from your Windows desktop.

  2. Insert an image into the work area or choose "File > Open" and then navigate to an image, select it and choose "Open."

  3. Select the picture and choose "Edit > Copy" from the top menu bar. Deselect the picture by clicking in the blank area around the workspace and choose "Edit > Paste" from the menu. Deselect the picture again.

  4. Click the "Ellipse" button from the drawing toolbar, it is a picture of an oval. Draw an oval frame on the image in the work area by clicking on the top of the picture while dragging downward and to the right.

  5. Hold down the shift key and click the image behind the oval. Both images are now selected. Select "Modify > Combine" from the top menu.

  6. Select "Edit > Select All" from the top menu and then "Modify > Combine." The picture is now in an oval shape.

  7. Tip

    It does not matter what colour the oval is originally when using this method, it will become 100 per cent transparent at the end of the exercise.


    OpenOffice Draw will not put up indicators when multiple selections have been made, by clicking and holding the shift key.

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About the Author

Based in Irving, Texas, Laurianna Callaghan has been writing technical documentation and courseware since 1995. Callaghan received certification as a Certified Network Engineer in 1999. Currently, she attends college in North Texas and is working on her bachelor's degree.

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