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As always, we will be using Pixels as our units of measure. Right click on the screen and select Page Options... from the pop up menu. In the Units tabbed section, select Pixels for the Units and 0-255 for the Color Units. In the Grid and Ruler tabbed section set the Major Spacing to 100pix (key it in exactly like this please) and the Number of Subdivisions to 10. Press OK to close the dialog and apply the changes.

To see a tutorial on Xara Basics visit Workbook 20.

NOTE: You will notice from time to time I apply arbitrary colors to objects. I do this to make the objects easier to see. If I do not specify a fill for an object, you do not have to apply a fill or outline color.

When I show an ellipse or rectangle that has just been created, that has no fill, it is because I have set the fill to none before I exported the illustration. By default, all ellipses, rectangles and Quick Shapes have a black outline and a black fill. There is nothing wrong with your copy of Xara.

Naming Conventions. I use bold face to indicate the names of tools, galleries, keyboard shortcuts, and dialogs. Items such as unnamed icons and drop down lists, which have names when you let your cursor rest over them for a moment, are displayed in italics.

The Infobar is the context sensitive menu at the top of the screen and changes to reflect the options for the selected tool.

Some of the tool icons have changed in Xara X1, and this may cause some confusion for new users. If you are using an older version of Xara, click here to see my Rosetta Stone for translating the old buttons into the new.


Stained Glass Overlay - Glass window and pattern

Before we start the tutorial, I would like to share an interesting Leaded Glass resource I discovered while researching this tutorial on the Web. The site is called Stained Glass Overlay. It is not a leaded glass site exactly. But the site offers a variety of patterns and templates such as the one shown above. If you are feeling ambitious, you can download some of the patterns and use the techniques in this tutorial to create a more complex image.


Dmitry Malutin's Spiral Generator

To begin the tutorial you will need a copy of Dmitry Malutin's Spiral EPS spiral generator utility. You can download a free copy here. This tutorial was created in Xara X1. You can download a trial copy of Xara X1 here.

Open Xara X1 then open Spirals EPS. Move the Step slider to 12. Move the Start Radius slider to the right until you have a spiral like the one shown above.

Once you have created your spiral, the easiest way to get it into Xara is to drag the spiral onto your Xara page. Set the spiral to one side for now. You will need it soon. You can close the spiral generator.

 

Creating a Leaded Glass effect - A Xara X step-by-step tutorial

Using the Rectangle Tool to create two rectangles to the sizes shown above.

TIP: Create any size rectangle quickly. While the rectangle is still selected, enter the desired Width and Height on the Infobar (shown below) then press Enter.

Height and Width Infobar

 

 

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