• As you would expect December is a big month for offers! If you haven't sorted out your presents yet, you might want consider to Web Designer or Designer Pro, which include free widget & template bundles all month. Plus we've just started a discount offer on all the MAGIX audio and video titles, more details below.

  • There is also a Santa sack load of new tutorials this month, including an introduction to Content Aware Photo Resizing, and on the Xara Xone Part 1 of a new series on page layout, and a demo of how to create perfect 3D pie charts. See below for more info on this and other new Xara Xone resources.

  • We have made no attempt to resist Christmas in this month's Inspirational Art. And if that helps to get you into a suitably seasonal mood, why not visit the Xara Xone forum on TalkGraphics and make your contribution to the Christmas tree decorations (more in TalkGraphics News below).

  • And finally we'd like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas, and a successful and peaceful New Year.

Our pick of images on a Father Christmas theme from five different Xara designers. - Find out more
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • There's a Christmas tree waiting to be decorated in the Xara Xone Forum, so put your Father Christmas hat on, fire up Designer Pro or Photo & Graphic Designer and create a decoration for the tree or a present to go under it, and Gary will put in a good word for you with Father Christmas! Join the tree trimming collaboration here.

  • With many of you on holiday over the next couple of weeks, there's plenty of opportunity to join in one of the challenges in the Challenges Forum, which this month includes Metallic Text, Minimalist Poster, Scribble and Drop Cap challenges.


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Intelligent Photo Resizing and Zooming the Content of a Photo
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Changing the Default Template
It's easy to change the default settings for new documents, such as page units. Create a new document with the settings you want, select File > Save Template and check the option 'Use as Default Template'.
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