The latest news, offers and tutorials from Xara

In this month's edition...

  • It's the Christmas holiday season so as you would expect we have a sleigh full of offers including 20% off Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium and Page & Layout Designer, plus we're bundling MAGIX Photo Manager Deluxe 16 with Designer Pro X. Details below.

  • Why not make good use of any spare time over the holiday by tackling this month's tutorial, in which we enhance a favorite photo so it looks perfect in a photo frame or on a seasonal greeting card. Plus our featured movie takes a look at the new photo grids.

  • Don't miss Inspirational Art this month because we're introducing a couple of icon designers that you haven't seen before in the Outsider. Plus check out our Other News which includes updates to the Art Gallery and Xara Online Designer.

  • And finally we would like to wish you all a peaceful and successful 2017.
Inspirational Art // Icons

Icons design requires some great illustration skills. We take a look at the work of two icons designers using Xara for the task, Alexi Ryazancev & Mike Miroshnikov. - Find out more

Xmas Offers // on the Designer Titles
Featured Tutorial // Photo & Graphic Designer 365

Creative Photos & Greetings Cards

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

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • It's good to see Stop & Post back in the Art Gallery forum this month, and interesting as always to see the variety of work that's going on. We loved the designs from new member and would-be fabric designer gardenofdaisies. If you have a work in progress why not share it with your fellow TalkGraphics members in December Stop & Post

  • Instead of the usual challenges wizard509 is inviting you to create and share a decoration for the TalkGraphics Christmas tree. It's not too late to add yours to the Christmas Ornament thread in the Challenges forum.

  • And while we are on the theme of Christmas, we loved the card from Rik in Merry Christmas 2016.

Movie // Photo Grids

Learn all about the new Photo Grids in this month's movie.

The Smart Photo Grids let you display any collection of photos, even those with different shapes and aspect ratios, in a compact grid on your website. Drag and drop your photo onto the grid and it automatically updates to fit your photo in, no matter what shape it is!

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

Other News

Xara Art Gallery Updates
There are two updates in the Xara Art Gallery this month that you won't want to miss, from a couple of talented young illustrators using Xara software. We've added a selection of work by Aiyanne Chan, a British illustrator in the anime style, and we've also added some new illustrations to the portfolio of Estince Voi, a professional designer from Vietnam. We also featured their work in the last two issues of Inspirational Art.
The Xara Art Gallery

Xara Online Designer Updates
Xara Online Designer lets you edit your Xara created websites remotely, in a web browser, and using any device (even tablets and Macs). It's perfect for remote editing of your own site, for collaborative editing with colleagues, or - if you are a commercial web designer - giving your clients the ability to update text and graphic. Online Designer is included with Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro and although it's still in beta development continues apace. You can keep track of updates on our Online Designer News page.
Xara Online Designer News

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Hints & Tips

Content Catalog Placeholder Images
We recently added some Placeholder Images to the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer and Designer Pro, you'll find them under Components > Image Resources > Placeholder Images.

They're a great time saver if you want your image to conform to standard aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 16:9 or the exact dimensions of A4 for example. Simply drag and drop the placeholder from the Local Designs Gallery or import it from the Online Content Catalog, and then drag and drop your photo on to the placeholder.

Press Reviews

Xara Web Designer Premium 365 gets the thumbs up from Graphics Unleashed:

“The folks at Xara are not only keeping up with what Web designers want & need, they’re pushing Web design boundaries in all the right ways.”

"This Web design tool can certainly be considered a tool of choice."

Read the whole review.

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