• It’s that Black Friday time of the year again, so we know you'll be expecting some tempting offers from Xara – and you won’t be disappointed! This year our offer includes all the Designer titles and runs from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday (which for those of you outside the US means 28th November to 2nd December). Find out more below.

  • That’s not all. We also have launch offers on the new MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 Plus and Samplitude Music Studio 2014, which end on 30th November. More under Other News below.

  • This month’s Outsider tutorial takes a look at the Color Select and Erase tool in Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro. Plus the Xara Xone has a new tutorial that brings together several of the techniques introduced in the Xone tutorials this year – more in the Xone section below.

  • Don’t overlook our other news, in particular Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro owners will be interested in the new FREE website background textures. Last but never least we hope you enjoy Inspirational Art on a suitably seasonal Christmas card theme.

Our pick of images on a Christmas card theme from six 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:
  • The Drop Cap challenge is proving very popular with a number of colorful entries this month, so why not jump in and join the November Drop Cap Challenge.

  • And if you're designing websites with either Web Designer or Designer Pro, don't forget you can show your site in the Xara Web Gallery forum. Or simply browse thru the 3,000+ existing posts - new work this month has included a very tasty looking website from skech!


We’ve just added a collection of new tiling website backgrounds to Xara Designer Pro X9 and Web Designer 9 Premium. You'll find them right now in the Designs Gallery > Website Backgrounds, with something for everyone from subtle patterns to, well, not very subtle at all (but fun!)

Selecting and Erasing Colors from Photos
NEW: MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 Plus and Samplitude Music Studio 2014
We’ve just released new versions of MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus and Samplitude Music Studio. The 2014 versions are available right now in the Xara online store with short launch offers. Don't delay, offers end 30th November 2013!
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 Plus
Samplitude Music Studio 2014
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Paste Format / Attributes
In all the Designer titles you can copy attributes (such as the line pattern or fill color) between objects using Ctrl+C then Ctrl+Shift+A. It is a quick way of applying multiple attributes. When you Paste Attributes, the attributes of the objects on the clipboard are applied to all the objects currently selected.
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