Photo & Graphic Designer+

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is the perfect choice for all your photo editing and graphic design work, with powerful photo editing and enhancement features, and truly flexible illustration and design tools.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer originally made its name as award winning illustration software, but as we have added photo, text and page layout tools over the years, it has become an increasingly popular choice for graphic design.

The key to its popularity is its speed, ease of use, uncluttered user interface and the intuitive design of its drawing, photo editing, design and page layout tools. For example the interactive nature of all its tools, the use of drag & drop and infinite undo all make experimentation both quick and easy.

Xara was a pioneer of vector transparency and still offers unique advantages such as graduated transparency, but even so recent versions have continued to add significant developments such as the flexible new Art Brushes in the Freehand Tool, and integrated support for 600+ Google Fonts and over 1500 Font Awesome & Google Material Design symbols & icons.

Photo tools include:
  • easy crop, rotate & resize,
  • quick & easy auto enhancement, or manual control (brightness, contrast, blur, saturation, temperature, cross process)
  • background erase (example below) and a magnetic lasso for cutting out objects
  • photo healing and magic erase to remove scratches or blemishes or even quite significant unwanted objects (examples below)
  • color select (example below)
  • shadow & highlights control to adjust brightness in areas of shadow & highlight without affecting the rest of the photo
  • red eye fix
  • perspective fix
  • a panorama maker (example below)
  • advanced content aware resizing
  • masking and cloning tools
  • plus over 60 Photoshop plug-ins and 120 ready-made photo filter pre-sets
Other graphic design features include: a flexible text tool which includes text on a path and spell check, freehand drawing and shape tools, tools for design effects such as transparency, bevels and shadows. Many of the other individual tools are also best of class, for example feather, fill, blend and 3D extrude.

The perfect graphic design software, whatever your experience and style

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has been widely used for drawing and illustration, photo editing and graphic design for more than 10 years, from amateurs to commercial designers. Here is a small selection of examples from The Xara Gallery, which displays our pick of their work. We've also included a small selection of 'before and after' photos enhanced with the powerful photo editing tools (clockwise from top left: photo heal, color select, background erase and magic erase and underneath an example panorama).

Reviews & Testimonials

"There are so many things we love about this software. The performance comes top, but its ability to tackle vector drawing, photo editing, desktop publishing and simple Flash animations is a close second." Expert Reviews

"A hugely capable design tool which comes packed with high-end features, yet remains generally very easy to use and is amazing value for money." Download Crew

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Customer work in the Xara Art Gallery

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Some Photo Examples

Check out some examples of what can be achieved with Photo & Graphic Designer's photo editing tools:

Background Erase

Magic Erase


Photo Healing

Color Select & Enhance

Shadow & Highlight

Photo Effects