Creating shiny windows

Inkscape tutorial

This is a quick tutorial as a reply to a reader’s request. It’s a simple, shiny office window to be used as a game tile. Basically, all you do is play around with some rectangles, the clip tool and some gradient fills.
Let’s get to it…
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Start with a rectangle…

..add a duplicate below for the window frame.

Use the gradient tool to create a linear fill. In this case, a blue gradient reflects the sky.

Add another rectangle with a gradient alpha fill form 50% to 0%.

Create a few more copies and adjust their width.

Select all the light effect rectangles and use the skew tool (double click on the objects).

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Duplicate the window rectangle to create a clip object…

… select all the light effect rectangles, then the copy of the window rectangle and do a Objects /Clip / Set.

A rectangle changed to path with a modified bottom line and a gradient fill adds some shine.

Create minor variations of the light effects and the final shine object. As a result, the rows of windows look less repetitive.

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Variations

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Finally, play around with colours and added decoration to create the look you are after…

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… add grunge and a greenish glow [you can find the crack creation tutorial here] …

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… or a sunset feel…

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… or something more elaborate.

I hope this explains it a little bit. Enjoy and keep the requests and feedbacks coming…


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