Creating Spirographs with Xara Xtreme
By: Geetesh Bajaj
May 24th 2006
February 25th 2009
Here's how you can make a spirograph in Xara Xtreme:
- Create a new document in Xara Xtreme by choosing
File | New | 1024 by 768 Drawing.
Draw any shape--I selected the ellipse tool (shift+F4) and created a medium sized circle (See Figure 1).
Figure 1: A quick circle
- Make sure that the circle has no fill attributes.
This can be checked in the Color Editor window, that you can access
from Utilities | Color Editor.
If you cannot see the expanded color editor window that you see in Figure 2, click the Show advanced options icon in the top right to see the full window--then, click the the Set 'no color' option to remove any fill.
Figure 2: Set fill to no color
- Make sure your circle is selected, and then
click on the Freehand and Brush tool (F3).
In the property bar, click on Create Brush button. This will summon the Create new brush dialog box (see Figure 3) that will ask you for brush name-- I named this 'Brush 1', but you could name it anything you like. Click OK.
Figure 3: Name your brush
- Once the brush is created, you can delete
the circle in the document.
Draw another circle using the ellipse tool--this time make it a little larger. Make sure this circle has no fill as well (see Figure 2 above).
- It is now time to apply the new brush we
created to this circle. You'll find all the brushes in the Line
Gallery that you can access through Utilities | Galleries | Line
Gallery (see Figure 4). You'll find your newly
created brush (I named mine Brush 1) in the New brush strokes folder
within the Line Gallery.
Figure 4: The Line Gallery
- Select the brush, drag
it and drop it over the circle. Make sure that the cursor looks
like an arrow with a smaller reverse arrow when you let go of your
cursor on the line (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Let go when your cursor looks like this!
- Your circle will now look like Figure 6, and that's
certainly not a spirograph! But wait, there's more to do.
Figure 6: Beginnings of a spirograph
- With the circle still selected, choose Freehand
and Brush tool (F3) and click the Edit Brush button in the Properties
toolbar to summon the dialog box that you can see in Figure
Figure 7: Editing the brush
Changing the setting of the Rotation, Spacing, and Offset can generate some interesting patterns including a spirograph!
- Just reducing the spacing created the spirograph that you can see
in Figure 8.
Figure 8: A quick spirograph in Xara Xtreme
- Save your graphic.