IN THIS MONTH'S EDITION...
  • If you haven't upgraded to v10 yet, then you can get 2015 off to a great start with discounts up to 40% on the normal upgrade prices (depending on product and currency) in our New Year Upgrade Offer. What’s more we have a Web & Widget Pack bundle offer on all copies of Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro at the moment, so you’ll get even better value! More info below.

  • Upgrades aren't the only offer in town. We've just launched MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2015 Plus, so if you've been thinking of adding some movies to your site then you might want to take advantage of our short launch offer, ends 31st January.

  • As always we have some great new tutorials, including a photo makeover that combines many of the tools we've looked at in our recent Photo Editing series. Plus on the Xara Xone Gary Bouton takes an in depth look at creating illustrations based on a trace from your photo. More info below.

  • Last but never least, don't miss this month's Inspirational Art, which returns to the ever popular theme of Cars & Bikes.
  INSPIRATIONAL ART // Cars & Bikes
We couldn't resist returning to the ever popular theme of cars & motorbikes! - Find out more
  UPGRADE OFFER
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • The Drop Cap Challenge has reached the letter P, why not add your contribution to the January Drop Cap Challenge now. Here's a creation by mhjgkane to inspire you! >>

  • Don't forget that there's an Off Topic forum where you can post about anything that's, well, Off Topic. We particularly enjoyed this recent link to a collection of Sinister Architecture Photos shared by Gary Priester.

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

Photo Editing - a 'real-world' example
  OTHER NEWS
UK Prize Draws
If you live in the UK it might be your lucky month because there are two opportunities to win free Xara or MAGIX titles this month. Computer Shopper (Issue 325 March 2015) has a prize draw for 10 free copies of Photo & Graphic Designer 10, while there are 4 copies of the brand new MAGIX Fastcut to be won here:
Win a copy of the new MAGIX Fastcut, offer ends 31st January.

Page & Layout Designer Offer
Don't forget we're still running a January Sale on Xara Page & Layout Designer 10 - there's $£€s to be saved and a free back up CD! Page & Layout Designer Offer

Surveys
If you've already purchased Photo & Graphic Designer 10 or Designer Pro X10 you can help us make future decisions relating to the product by completing our very short survey. All help appreciated! Complete the survey

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  HINTS & TIPS
Cusp & Smooth Joins
If you're drawing lines in the Shape Tool, double clicking on a control point (node) converts it from a cusp to a smooth join or vice versa.

Selecting Those Control Points
There are lots of different ways of selecting control points (nodes) in the Shape Tool. Click on a control point to select it, and then shift click to add another one to the selection. Or you can marquee select around the points you want to select (shift marquee select will add extra points to the selection). Or Ctrl + Shift + Click on a point to select all points on the line.


  PRESS REVIEWS
"A powerful photo-editing and design tool that won’t break the bank, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer gets better with every new release!"

Read the full review by Software Crew
  MAGIX MOVIE EDIT PRO 2015 PLUS LAUNCH OFFER
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