The Xara Trompe L'Oeil Room December 2001

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A Holiday Tree Decoration.

This month we will create a timely and festive, jewelled  Christmas ornament. There are a lot of steps, but most of them are very basic. We'll revisit my method for creating a spiral and then revisit my method for creating a vector 3D sphere effect.

If you are connected to the Internet, you can see how the ornament builds thanks to XaraModules Cross Fade Editor.

The Cross Fade Editor animation effect is one of 9 Xara Modules in the Photo Edits and Effects collection. You may have seen the snow falling on the palm trees image a few months ago, this is another part of the same collection.

The fades are automatic and I was able to put this mini-presentation together in about 5 minutes. No kidding. It's this easy:

  1. Upload the images you want to use to the Xara Modules site.
  2. Select Cross Fade Editor > Create > New.
  3. Add the images you want to use and XaraModules does the rest.
  4. Press the Save and Publish button and you are done.

Xara Modules gives you a line of script which goes into your HTML page, and which plays the JavaScripted action when your visitor visits your web page. I think you can probably think of at least a dozen creative uses for this and some of the other 8 cool effects.

All modules come with a free 15-day trial period. If you don't like the effect, you don't pay for it (of course you can't use it after 15 days if you don't pay for it). Each module runs under $3.00 US per month or $29.00 a year. If you buy the entire package of 9 effects, however, you pay only $4.95 US per month or just $49.00 a year. You save this much not having to pay for these tutorials alone! And, I need not remind you who makes these free tutorials free. Eh?

So do me and yourself a favor and pay a visit to the Xara Modules site. There is some really cool and fun effects that will add spice to your web site.

©2001 Gary W. Priester
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