Xara Designer compatible plug-ins

The great Live Effects tool in Designer Pro allows Photoshop and Xara plug-in effects to be applied to both photos and vector graphics, opening up a huge range of special graphical effects. What's more if these are modern 'scriptable' plug-ins, then you can still edit the vector shape (or text) and the effects are automatically updated. We have included all of the plug-ins shown below with Designer Pro X10/X11.

Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 2.0

PhotoLooks 2 is a powerful and flexible plug-in (previously sold by Red Giant for \$199!) that is bundled with all copies of Photo & Graphic Designer 10/11 and Designer Pro X10 - and it could change the way you approach color in photography!

PhotoLooks includes over 100 presets inspired by real commercial projects, from wedding vignettes to popular cinematic looks. But you can dive deeper by exploring the PhotoLooks tools and their powerful way of manipulating color and light to create your own custom effects. So if you want to capture and intensify the mood of your photo, or add a popular film look from soft lighting to Hollywood drama - then PhotoLooks is the tool you need!

Mouse over the examples below to see the original photos.


Blurs the image in a special way to make the colors stand out.


Give the image a processed appearance by distorting its colors.

Color Splash

Specific areas of the image are in color and the rest is in black and white.

Polarised Greyscale

Converts the image into greyscale after applying certain color filters.

Color Mix

Mixes up the red/green/blue color channels.


Transforms color photos to give the impression that it's on old paper.

Craquelure 3D

Craquelure 3D creates a wide range of well known craquelure (krakloor´) effects. The plug-in is useful in designing various abstract patterns, decorative surfaces and construction materials.
Two independent craquelure layers can be controlled to achieve an amazing variety of texture effects, from etched metal and silk plaster to melted glass and water ripples.
Random settings generator helps you to quickly and easily produce unlimited variations of craquelured surfaces.

Water Ripples

This highly realistic water ripples effect designer has numerous options as well as an impressive 3D quality. The random settings generator produces unlimited variations of rippled surfaces.

Seamless Workshop

Seamless Workshop composes seamless tile from any image. Also, a "surrealistic modification" of a picture can be produced. It is a powerful tool for texture creators, and a helpful toy for graphic designers. An advanced tileable algorithm is used. The unique 'Seamless Blur' effect can be useful for any available tileable pattern.

Lattice Composer

Lattice Composer effectively designs grids and nettings. It produces a variety of weave patterns, fabric textures, body art tattoos and skeleton simulations. The 3D text effects are extraordinary.

Jama 3D

Jama 3D is the simplest way to create corrugated and cellular like patterns from 2D images. You can easily make various kind of bricks and herring bones textures.

Eraser Classic

Eraser classic allows to erase easily a given color. A typical use: activate the eyedropper, select the color directly in the preview window, and adjust tolerance.


This plugin allow to realize "fur" textures. You can modify the density and the length of hairs.

Grain Natural 2

Grain Natural allows to generate grains of variable size. This plugin exploits colors already present in the image to achieve a "natural" result. NB: Grain natural is suitable particularly for images with strong contrast.

HSL Plus

HSL Plus is similar to the traditional hue/saturation/luminosity balance, but with some "Plus":
- A better color integrity, especially for the luminosity.
- A better control of the luminosity, notably the possibility of modifying contrast.
- The possibility of making an automatic contrast (due to the Auto button) then of re-adjusting.
- Three Out of Gamut Clipping methods

Melt 1.1

This plugin allows to deform image, by waves. Size, intensity, and aspect ratio of waves are customizable.