The latest news, offers and tutorials from Xara

In this month's edition...

  • This month we return to the subject of web design for our tutorial. Follow the steps to creating this simple one page website, including a mobile variant, from scratch (rather than using a template) in Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X. Plus don't miss the latest movie in our YouTube channel, introducing the new Magnetic Lasso tool (see Movie News below).

  • The September offer is a full 20% discount on upgrades from Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium or Page & Layout Designer to our flagship product Xara Designer Pro X365 (you can compare the feature sets here). Ends 3rd October, details below.

  • In Other News we have a new survey for owners of Web Designer Premium 365. Your feedback helps us enormously so we really appreciate your time. As a little extra incentive there's a free upgrade to your choice of the current Designer Pro X or the next version of Web Designer Premium for one lucky respondent, picked at random.

  • Last but never least, don't miss this month's Inspirational Art, our pick of images posted in 2016 in the Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics.
Inspirational Art // Art Mix 17

A selection of images posted in the Xara Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics in 2016, from 4 different artists. - Find out more

Upgrade Your Designer Product to Pro // Save 20%!
Featured Tutorial // Create Your Own Web Story

Other News
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • There are some quality illustrations in the Challenges this month, but where are yours?! It's not too late to join in the September Scribble Challenge and the Shapes Challenge (the word of the month is 'against', shapes are provided by Wizard509).

  • Angelize has been playing with a couple of Pixabay photos (Content Catalog v 365) and the blend modes, which is all it takes to trap a diver in a lightbulb. Well OK, there was a little bit of help from the photo healing tool and Liquid color plugin. We'd love to see you photo experiments too.

Movie // Magnetic Lasso

The new Magnetic Lasso tool in the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X makes cutting objects out of your photos a snip (sorry, couldn't resist!). Find out how in our latest tutorial movie on YouTube.

Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel while you're there and you'll hear about new movies as we add them.

Other News

Web Designer Premium User Survey
We've just posted a new survey for owners of the 365 version of Web Designer Premium. It should take you just a few minutes to complete and will help us decide on the general direction of future developments (in the case of Web Designer particularly types of template), and to focus our marketing appropriately, so your time is really appreciated.

We'll pick one lucky respondent at random to win an upgrade to Designer Pro X365 or the next version of Web Designer Premium (your choice). If you want to take part in the draw please enter your email address in the last question. The Web Designer Premium 365 Survey

365 Non-English Language Versions
Magix has now released all of the localized versions of the latest 365 Designer titles. Check out which products are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
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Hints & Tips

Top Tips for the Painter Tools
It's very easy to paint accurately over any desired region of your photo with these tools (Shape Painter, Region Painter and in 365 the Effect Painter). Once you've painted your region, additional strokes on top of the existing region will enlarge the region, but also if you hold down Shift while you paint you can 'un-paint' and so erase the edge or any part of the shape.

And remember using Ctrl + mouse wheel to rapidly zoom in and out, without changing tool, allows you to change the relative size of the brush so you can paint in as much detail as you like (ie the brush doesn’t get larger).

Press Reviews

MicroMart have given Xara Designer Pro X365 the thumbs up!

"Xara Designer Pro is one of those invaluable products that once you use it, you’ll wonder how you managed without it."

"Although quite an accomplished product already, the developer has managed to add a lot of new and updated features, to the point where it’s hard to know where to start."

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