Duplication makes copies of an object while applying a set of changes (such as color or rotation) to the duplicates.
To start duplication, click on an object or group and choose Edit > Duplicate. The Duplicate dialog appears:
Choose the number of copies, their separation (placement), rotation, and so on. The choices above applied to a blue rectangle produce the following result shown in Figure 28 above.
Here is another example, showing the result of a different set of choices:
Cross-fading transforms one shape into another. The result is a new group of objects including the two end points and the intermediate steps.
To do a cross-fade, select two objects.
Then choose Edit > Cross-fading.
On the dialog choose the number of increments (transition steps). You probably want to have Cross-fade attributes and Same orientation both checked. The end result is shown below.
Which object goes in front?
How do I tell OpenOffice.org I want and not ? If you want then select (the object we want in front), right-click and choose Arrange > Bring to Front (or Ctrl+Shift++). Or select (the object we want behind), right-click and choose Arrange > Send to Back (or Ctrl+Shift+-).
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