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.
While you should be able to create all the steps in previous versions of Xara, some of the tool icons have changed, 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.
Click the Ellipse Tool (Shift F4) on the page. Hold down the Ctrl key to constrain the ellipse to a circle and drag out a 300 pixel circle. Clone the circle (Ctrl k) and reduce the width to 100 pixels.
Select the Blend Tool (F7). Click and drag from the large circle to the small circle to create a blend. Change the number of Blend Steps from 5 to 7. Press Enter to apply the change.
With the blend selected, from the Arrange menu, click Convert to Editable Shapes.
Draw a rectangle 330 pixels tall for alignment purposes. Reduce the height of the blend to 20 pixels and align the center of the blend with the top of the rectangle. Clone the blend, align the center to the bottom of the rectangle and increase the height to 50 pixels. Delete the rectangle.
Create a 25-step blend. (If you are unable to create the blend, you did not convert the blends to editable shapes first).
Convert this new blend to editable shapes (Arrange > Convert to Editable Shapes) and then Arrange > Ungroup. This results in 27 individual groups of ellipses.
I know this seems like a lot of ellipses. The reason for this is to create a more realistic perspective with the top being almost at eye level and the bottom being below eye level.