• We always like to get the New Year off to a good start with some January Sales! Right now if you're an owner of Photo & Graphic Designer or Page & Layout Designer or Web Designer Premium you might want to check out the current sale - a full 30% off upgrades to Designer Pro X11. Offer ends 28th January, you'll find more details below.

  • This month's tutorial is part 3 of our Beginner's Guide to Photo & Graphic Designer and looks a bit more closely at the drawing tools (so it will be equally useful if you own Designer Pro and have been thinking of exploring the illustration features). Follow the link below.

  • Don't miss our Other News including a new addition to the Artist Gallery, and for even more great designs check out this month's Inspirational Art. Don't forget also that the Xara Xone is open for business, even as the re-design is ongoing.

This month we've picked images from TalkGraphics and Deviant Art from three well known designers using Xara software. - 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 has been a good start to the January Scribble Challenge. Why not make it your New Year's resolution to post your scribbles this year, starting now!

  • Did you know that TalkGraphics has a forum for general graphics chat. If you have a graphics related question or suggestion, recommendation or resource and it doesn't seem to fit in any of the other TalkGraphics forums, then the Graphics Chat forum is the place you're looking for.

  • TalkGraphics now has over 29,000 members, 66,000 threads and 532,000 posts!

Check out two new movies about text features in our YouTube channel this month, How to Highlight Text and Hyphenation Explained, both suitable for all v11 titles.

Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel while you're there, and you'll be notified of new movies as we add them.


A Beginner's Guide To The Drawing Tools
Xara Artist Gallery Update
We've just added a new artist to the Xara Art Gallery. You may know Michael Tumey from his epic TalkGraphics Thread (now with over 146,000 views) or remember his work from the August 2014 Inspirational Art.
Visit the Xara Artist Gallery

Xara Xone Update
The Xara Xone facelift continues, but fear not, all the old content is still there - simply click Tutorials, Art or Free Stuff and then browse the content or select an author from the drop down or search by keyword. A goldmine of content awaits!
Visit The Xara Xone

MAGIX Photostory 2016 Deluxe Released
The brand new version of Photostory has just been added to the Xara site and online store, so if you want to make the most of your Christmas photo slideshows, check out the new Photostory 2016 Deluxe.
MAGIX Photostory 2016 Deluxe
All MAGIX products in the Xara store

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How to highlight your text (v11)
There's another small addition to the Text Tool in v11 that is easy to miss but useful to know, which is that you can now quickly and easily highlight text.

Go into the Text Tool, select the text you want to highlight, right-click on a color on the color line and choose the text background color option from the menu (watch this month's Featured Movie, above, to see it in action).

"We’ve awarded our Gold Award to Xara Web Designer 11, which can create a professional-looking site without you needing any knowledge of web technologies."

Web Designer 11 Premium is first choice in the round-up of web design software in the recent #385 issue of Web User magazine.

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