IN THIS MONTH'S EDITION...
  • Hot off the press: We've just added 30+ brand new themes to our collection of Business Web Templates, so now there's more than 150 to choose from (see Other News below). What's more, if you buy Designer Pro X10 or Web Designer Premium 10 in the next week (including upgrades) we'll include two free themes of your choice. Offer details below.

  • Also new this month: We've just released MAGIX Photostory 2015 Deluxe, and there's a short intro offer, ends 3rd March - so if you need to add some excitement to your slideshows then now is definitely the moment!

  • If the coming weekend includes some spare time why not check out the new February tutorials; Photo Galleries and Photo Pop-Ups Explained, and Part 1 of Gary Bouton's movie on creating a casino poster, which leaves no illustration tool untouched! Links below.

  • Last but never least, don't miss this month's Inspirational Art, a selection of images of our choice including yet another talented Outsider newcomer. We've also added a new artist to the Xara Gallery, more info in Other News below.
  INSPIRATIONAL ART // Art Mix 8
Our choice of images from Xara Xone Featured Artists and posts on TalkGraphics, including a first appearance in Inspirational Art for Rafal Danhoffer. - Find out more
  FREE BUSINESS THEMES WITH WEB DESIGNER & DESIGNER PRO
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • Why not make this the month that you face up to one of the TalkGraphics Challenges! The Scribble Challenge is awaiting your contribution and the Drop Cap Challenge has reached the letter Q. iamtheblues has set a great example by combining both the Q and the scribble in his contribution! >>>

  • Apologies for pointing to the same forum two months in a row (Off Topic) - but we couldn't resist sharing the link to the work of Stephane Halleux posted here by Gary Priester. Not created with Xara! If you see something that might appeal to your fellow TalkGraphicists, don't forget to share it.

  FEATURED TUTORIAL // PHOTO & GRAPHIC DESIGNER 10 / DESIGNER PRO X10

Photo Galleries & Photo Pop-Ups
  OTHER NEWS
New Business Web Themes
Each of these new business themes for Web Designer or Designer Pro versions 9 or 10 is a complete website, with linked pages typically required for that business type, and with professional photography suited to the business. You'll see previews now in your Designs Gallery, priced at just $15/ €14 / £12.
View the Business Web Themes

New Artist in the Xara Gallery
We've added the work of talented young Vietnamese designer Estince Voi to the Xara Gallery, not to be missed!
Visit the Xara Gallery

50% Off Template & Widget Packs
There's just a few days left to grab a bargain on the Web Template & Widget Packs for Designer Pro and Web Designer. There's been 50% off in February - offer ends Saturday! Template & Widget Packs Offer

Xara News, As It Happens
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  HINTS & TIPS
A quick way to change font size
You can increase or decrease the point size of the selected text (so long as the selected text is all the same size) by using Ctrl+Shift+> and Ctrl+Shift+<.

And an even quicker way to change QuickShapes
If you double click on any of the four control points of an ellipse, the ellipse becomes a circle. If you click on any of the control points of a rectangle, the corners become curved. Double click on the X on the inside of an ellipse and the ellipse becomes a hexagon. And double click the X in the center of a rectangle and the rectangle becomes an ellipse!


  PRESS REVIEWS
"Xara Web Designer Premium 10 is an excellent WYSIWYG website builder, packed with powerful features and functionality yet also easy enough for just about anyone to use."

Read the full review by Download Crew
  MAGIX PHOTOSTORY 2015 LAUNCH OFFER
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