Before you start this tutorial.
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.
Using the Text Tool (keyboard shortcut F8) key in 2007. Highlight the text by dragging the Text Tool cursor across the text. Select a rounded font such as Valken (which is on the Xara CD > Fonts folder). If you just have the downloaded version, open the Font Gallery (Shift F9) and press Get Fonts. This will take you to the Xara website where you should be able to download the font. You might also be able to find Valken (or a similar font at www.BuyFonts.com.
In the Size text entry box on the Infobar, key in 140pt and press Enter to apply the change.
Switch to the Selector Tool (F2 or click on the arrow pointer icon). Click the black padlock icon on the Infobar (shown above top) to disable Lock Aspect Ratio. In the Height % text entry box, enter 150 and press Enter. The text should increase in height only. With Lock Aspect Ratio enabled (the icon is in the down position), the text will scale proportionately. With Lock Aspect Ratio disabled the selected text will scale in height or width only.
Click the lock icon again to enable Lock Aspect Ratio.
Make a duplicate copy of the text (Ctrl d) and set it to one side for later on.
Select the text with the Contour Tool (Ctrl F7). Drag any of the red arrow control handles toward the center of the numbers just a small distance.
Change the number of Contour Steps to 1 and press Enter to apply the change. In the Contour Width text entry box, enter 4pix and press Enter.
Click the Round Join icon (the upside down U).
NOTE: If your default units are set to Pixels, then just key in 4.
Press the Inset Path icon. This deletes everything except the inner contour.