This month's Outsider includes
  • Clock-art. Some awesome chronological creations made with Xara Xtreme
  • Tutorials: How to color correct photos using the Levels tool in Xtreme Pro
  • Xara Graphics Studio - a special offer on our Xtreme + Xara3D + Webstyle bundle (look out for some more Xara offers closer to Christmas!)
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We featured Alan Burn's classic watch illustration last month but of course he is by no means the only distinguished Xara artist making good use of his time...

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The Xara Xtreme Live Effect feature lets you use Photoshop plug-ins with vector graphics. What's more they remain completely live and editable. So these examples, produced with the fire effect from the Eye Candy 4000 plug-in collection, can be applied to any vector object or text and you can still edit the image - the fire effect is automatically re-applied to the text (or shape) after you've edited.

The Eye Candy 4000 collection of 23 plug-ins is normally sold by Alien Skin for $129, but we've negotiated a discount for all Xara registered users, so you can purchase this for just $59!

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Page Color
Many people know the trick that if you drag a color onto the page from the color line while holding the Ctrl key, you set the page background to be that color. But did you know that this even works with named colors - and this means you can change the page color in real time, just by editing the named color. Try it, it's very cool.

Shape-shifting Quickshape Shortcuts
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. And, the curvature can be edited. 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!

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Cartoons in Xtreme
Bob Hahn shows how he uses Xtreme for creating great cartoons.