Simple metal orb using Inkscape

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Hello !

Today i`ll show you how to make an simple metal orb using only gradients in Inkscape. First draw a circle circle1.png by pressing ctr and dubble it. Open the fill and stroke dialog:


open the editor:

Now create some radial, gray scale gradients by adding stops like this:

Well, it`s easier with the new feature in Version 0.46:
The fill without the alpha channel to the first bottom circle the other to the second.
For more contrast you can give one of them a small stroke.


Now light an shadow:


The finish metalorb:


Changing the gradients you get more metals.

Here is the SVG file absolutely free to use:


If you have found an mistake or bad english,

please send a mail: Chrisdesign (@) gmx (.) net

An other example, a piercing-ring (now at OCAL):


You want see more pictures using this technical? Look my account at deviantArt:

This work is under Creative Commons-Licence .
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22 thoughts on “Simple metal orb using Inkscape

    Elisa said:
    February 19, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Hello. I make a developped traduction here :

    thanks 🙂

    pharqall said:
    February 26, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Nice if the instructions had been better as a noob like me struggled to get to grips with the gradient bit. Although I have been using fireworks for many years the gradient tool is still a mystery to me at the moment!!

    chrisdesign said:
    March 4, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Update !

    andrew weber said:
    April 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks! Great tutorial.

    […] a vontade para me perguntar qualquer coisa a respeito, o link para o tutorial original é este e até a […]

    squeletos said:
    May 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Very nice tutorial
    I make a traslation for Brazilian portuguese


    […] Chris a encore frappé voici une sorte de traduction de son tutorial Simple Metal Orb Using Gradients. […]

    Changoman said:
    October 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    wow! that was great! my first time with inkscape and I understood it at once!!!



    Jaime Nieto said:
    November 19, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Thanks for sharing. This tutorial is very useful for me, I want to do some Christmas decoration drawings, and this tutorial is perfect for this decoration.

    rajesh said:
    November 19, 2008 at 8:15 am

    how do I get alpha channel in gradient editor? I am not able to resolve it even in Inkscape0.46.
    please help

      gda said:
      January 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      This should help. Deftly explains gradient manipulation

    Alvaro said:
    April 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Hi Chris Design
    I just checked your deviantart website. You have quite a few works, but most are impresive.
    I REALLY appreciate this tutorial. Now I’m near 100% sure I don’t need to buy KorelDraw or photo$hop to make awesome work!
    Thanks man!!

    Todd Stewart said:
    May 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    The gradient tool section could use a bit more explanation. As a noob I’m unable to make any sense of it.

    Anonymous said:
    May 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    This is a horribly written tutorial! Don’t get me wrong, the effect looks great, but seriously people – quit being for freakin’ lazy!

    Step 1) Create X

      chrisdesign said:
      May 29, 2009 at 7:13 am

      I believe that the most people already understand this tutorial. And please note: I`m not a profi or an company.
      This is just free stuff and i`m sharing my ideas here…not more.
      If you don`t like…who cares??

    riasaakshi said:
    February 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for this, self taught illustration can be a nightmare at times – I did struggle to produce gradients that would do the trick, but once I got that the tutorial made the rest easy-peasy!.

    Портретов А. said:
    April 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    отличный урок, спасибо!

    foniz said:
    May 12, 2010 at 6:55 am
    Barry Delk said:
    November 27, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make these excellent tutorials and share your knowledge with those of us ‘less fortunate’. Knowledge is power and your are helping empower humanity. Peace be with you and yours.

    Bob said:
    May 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I see no instructions on how to use the tools. What is left out is the only thing a you need to know.

    Nell said:
    June 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    “The fill without the alpha channel to the first bottom circle the other to the second.”

    How is this done?

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