The Baseball

Today we want to create a nice baseball in Inkscape:

Set the document size 300 x 300 pixels.

Draw a circle 300 x 300 pixel and two elipses 345 px wide, 165 px high without fill, just a 3px stroke (you can copy the first one).

Now add some guidelines and make sure that your objects snap to the guides (enable rotation point to).

guidelines2

Move the start and the endpoint of the both ellipses:

stroke


The basic circle is filled with a radial gradient:

radial

Duplicate the ellipses, move it 3px away and adjust the start/endpoint. Stroke color above is a simple radial gradient.

reflection

We draw the stitch like this, just one path with the beziér-tool an two circles:

nahte

Now we need the pattern along path effect.

alongpath


pattern

Edit the overlapping paths:

correction

NICE ! ….but not enought ! 🙂

nice

We want to have the leather texture on it.

Render a grid on your document duplicate it and rotate one of them 45°:

grids

Combine both and add some more nodes:

nodes3

Now the effect “Fractalize”:

fractalize1

Cut the grid using the basic cycle (Object > Clip > Set ):

clipping

Make a copy of the grid and set the stoke color to radial gradients:

The white one: White to Alpha / Opacity 40,0

Black: Alpha to Black / Opacity 20,0

strokegradient

Now scale the Black one to 99,6 % by using the transform dialog:

transform

Now we have a really nice leather texture:

textureSo, we are ready. Just align all elements and the z-Order (and the stitch):

The Baseball!

baseball1


Now let`s go out and play. 😉baseball104


Tutorial by Chrisdesign

http://www.chrisdesign.wordpress.com

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2 Responses

  1. […] of you enjoyed our last episode (082) on the vector tennis ball then you will surely love the new baseball tutorial that Chris has completed. I love the clever way that Chris came up with the “leather” […]

  2. Enjoyed the tutorial. I did one of these a few days ago. I did it just about the same way as you did here. I really liked the way you adjusted the circle to an arc, for the seam, rather than mess with clipping it. Much easier 🙂

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