Issue 110017 - Defining custom gradients in Impress should be easier
Summary: Defining custom gradients in Impress should be easier
Alias: None
Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.2
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Minor (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2010-03-10 14:15 UTC by gokcen
Modified: 2014-04-16 17:41 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
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Screenshot replicating the steps to work around creating a custom gradient background (395.95 KB, image/png)
2010-09-11 22:53 UTC, rajlbel
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Description gokcen 2010-03-10 14:15:58 UTC
Users who want to set a gradient background for their presentation, follow the
path 'Format -> Page -> Background -> Fill -> Gradient', and select a
pre-defined gradient pattern. But it's really pain for a user to find a way for
defining a custom gradient pattern, for example from white to black vertically. 

In this forum link[1], a user want to set a custom gradient background and some
says "easiest way is to use a simple shape / textbox as background". This means
finding a to define custom gradient pattern is too complex.

The correct way is defining a gradint using path'Format -> Area -> Gradients ->
Add...', and then selecting defined gradient using 'Format -> Page -> Background
-> Fill -> Gradient', but this is hard to find.

I suggest that, same gradient editor should be accessible under 'Format -> Page
-> Background -> Fill -> Gradient' section.

Comment 1 wolframgarten 2010-03-10 14:22:54 UTC
Comment 2 rajlbel 2010-09-11 22:49:06 UTC
I agree with the reporter about the issue that Impress doesn't consolidate the 
gradient features in one place in which causes complexity.

OS: Windows 7 Professional
Open Office used: DEV300m87 (OOo-Dev 3.4.0) 
Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 540 1.86 GHz 2GB RAM 32-bit

Attached is a screenshot replicating the steps to work around creating a custom 
gradient background.
1. Create a new Impress presentation.
2. Under "Format" menu, select "Area...", and then "Area" pop-up will appear.
3. Select "Gradients" tab and create a custom gradient. 
4. Press "Add" after all of your changes and give the gradient a name. Then 
Press "OK"
5. Under "Format" menu, select "Page...", and then "Page Setup" pop-up will 
6. Select "Background" tab, and change drop-down under Fill from "None" to 
7. Select the gradient you just created and press "OK".

Tested issue with Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 & 2007 for Windows 7
The program has one place for gradient features and the interface is consistent 
whether it is changing the background or a simple shape drawing.

Impress should provide a similar design or at least provide a link to "Area" to 
eliminate above steps 2-4.
Comment 3 rajlbel 2010-09-11 22:53:16 UTC
Created attachment 71648 [details]
Screenshot replicating the steps to work around creating a custom gradient background
Comment 4 Edwin Sharp 2014-04-16 17:41:05 UTC
Confirmed with
AOO410m17(Build:9763)  -  Rev. 1586584
2014-04-11 09:13 - Linux x86_64