Note: Read more about SVG here.
I was looking through my posts and realizing I never did one on how to export a drawing from Draw. What was I thinking? ;> If you have a drawing that you want in Writer or Calc, or as a background for another document, the most reliable thing to do is to export the drawing from Draw to GIF, PNG, JPG, EPS, or whatever format you want. Also, if you want to edit the drawing with GIMP or Photoshop, exporting is what you need to do.
You can export to a huge number of formats, shown here.
So, how do you export?
First, make the drawing.
Making a Basic Drawing
1. Start OpenOffice.org.
2. Choose File > New > Drawing.
3. Go nuts. Draw shapes from the drawing toolbar at the bottom, and apply borders and fills with the dropdown list at the top.
4. Save the drawing; File > Save and name the file.
Exporting a Drawing to a Graphic Format
2. Choose File > Export.
3. In the window that appear, select the format you want. PNG is usually best in my opinion; JPG can come through with poorer quality. Also GIF sometimes shows up with a hot pink background in Photoshop.
4. Put the file in the directory you want, name the file, and click Save.
5. Depending on the format you chose, you might get another window asking you to specify options. To make the best-looking graphic, choose low compression or high quality. Here are the options for PNG. Choose low compression for good quality and you can generally leave Interlaced marked.
You can now insert the graphic anywhere you would put any other graphic; choose Insert > Picture > From File, or in the Background tab of the Page or Table configuration files, choose the graphic as a background.