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Using the Transparency Tool, click in the top left portion of the window reflection and drag diagonally to about the center of the circle to create a Linear, Mix transparency, which creates a realistic fading effect.
Using the Ellipse Tool and holding down the Ctrl key to constrain the ellipse to a circle, create a 275 pixel circle. Center the circle over the sphere. You will notice that the objects that make up the sphere are not quite circular. (Make a few duplicates of the circle and set them to the side. We'll need them as we go along).
When the circle is centered over the objects, send it to the back (Ctrl b). Change the fill and outline to none. (Click the crosshatched box to the left of the screen palette with the left mouse button for no fill and with the right mouse button for no outline). Select all the objects and Arrange > Apply ClipView . This masks the objects in the shape of a perfect circle.
Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the window reflection to select just it from the ClipView. Cut it to the clipboard (Ctrl X).
Create a new circle or use one of the duplicates you created a few steps ago and center it over the ClipView circle.
Apply a pale blue and white Circular fill with a Profile 2 preset. Paste the window reflection on top using Shift Ctrl v.
TIP: Xara does not have a Paste on Top or Paste in the Same Position command. By default any object pasted is offset down and to the right. Shift Ctrl v can be a bit of a hassle to remember. So I have a custom control bar that contains among other functions a Paste At Same Position button. So when I need to paste something on top, I just press this icon. Workbook 24 has a tutorial to Create a Custom Control Bar if you are interested.
Save your drawing and take a short break.