Tutorials

Welcome to a gold mine of Xara tutorials created over the last 8 years by Xara, Magix and two brilliant former Xone hosts Gary Priester and Gary Bouton, plus many other guest authors from the Xara community.

Simply browse through the tutorials or select an author from the drop down or try a keyword search.

Discover Photo Grids, a great way to display your photos in documents and websites.
Photo Grids, Discover Photo Grids, a great way to display your photos in documents and websites., Xara Group
Xara offers comprehensive and very flexible controls for bullet and number lists. This tutorial movie takes a closer look.
Bullet & Number Lits, Xara offers comprehensive and very flexible controls for bullet and number lists. This tutorial movie takes a closer look., Xara Group
How to create and edit text and photo panel SmartShapes, including speech bubbles.
SmartShapes Pt 2: Text & Photo Panels, How to create and edit text and photo panel SmartShapes, including speech bubbles., Xara Group
How to edit some of the most popular SmartShapes: arrows, rectangles & ovals, pie charts and spirals
SmartShapes Pt 1: Arrows, Shapes, Pie Charts, Spirals, How to edit some of the most popular SmartShapes: arrows, rectangles & ovals, pie charts and spirals, Xara Group
Bullet lists are a pretty common requirement in any document or website, so Xara offers some comprehensive list controls that give you more flexibility than you might have realized. This tutorial takes a closer look at lists.
Creating Bullet & Numbered Lists, Bullet lists are a pretty common requirement in any document or website, so Xara offers some comprehensive list controls that give you more flexibility than you might have realized. This tutorial takes a closer look at lists., Xara Group
An introduction to Xara Online Designer, an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of your Xara website or document using a web browser on any computer or tablet (including a Mac, iPad, Android tablet or Chromebook), from anywhere in the world, and to re-publish or save it.
An Introduction to Xara Online Designer, An introduction to Xara Online Designer, an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of your Xara website or document using a web browser on any computer or tablet (including a Mac, iPad, Android tablet or Chromebook), from anywhere in the world, and to re-publish or save it., Xara Group
Learn how to use Xara's Transparency Tool and Transparency Blend Modes in Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X to create powerful digital effects such as reflections, overlays and filters (Blend Modes shown are in the 365 versions).
Transparency and Transparency Blend Modes, Learn how to use Xara's Transparency Tool and Transparency Blend Modes in Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X to create powerful digital effects such as reflections, overlays and filters (Blend Modes shown are in the 365 versions)., Xara Group
Learn how to use the Screen Capture utility in Xara Designer Pro X, Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium or Page & Layout Designer. It's a quick and easy way of creating screenshots using shortcut keys or a timer delay.
The Screen Capture Utility, Learn how to use the Screen Capture utility in Xara Designer Pro X, Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium or Page & Layout Designer. It's a quick and easy way of creating screenshots using shortcut keys or a timer delay., Xara Group
Discover how to create a simple single page website in Xara Online Designer (included in Web Designer Premium & Designer Pro 365). Online Designer gives you the ability to edit your existing Xara documents in a browser - perfect for remote editing or collaborative working with your colleagues or clients - but you can also create new documents from the templates, as we show here.
Create a Web Story with Xara Online Designer, Discover how to create a simple single page website in Xara Online Designer (included in Web Designer Premium & Designer Pro 365). Online Designer gives you the ability to edit your existing Xara documents in a browser - perfect for remote editing or collaborative working with your colleagues or clients - but you can also create new documents from the templates, as we show here. , Xara Group
Discover how easy it is to add a huge variety of popular effects to your photos with the Photo Filter Presets, new in the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro.
Photo Filters, Discover how easy it is to add a huge variety of popular effects to your photos with the Photo Filter Presets, new in the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro., Xara Group
Make the most of your favorite photos. In this tutorial we enhance our photo using Photo & Graphic Designer for use on a greetings card.
Use Your Favorite Photo in a Greetings Card, Make the most of your favorite photos. In this tutorial we enhance our photo using Photo & Graphic Designer for use on a greetings card., Xara Group
The new Xara Photo Grids are an easy way to add interest and a contemporary look to your websites, documents and presentations.
Photo Grids, The new Xara Photo Grids are an easy way to add interest and a contemporary look to your websites, documents and presentations. , Xara Group
How to transform poor photos into great ones using a selection of the Photo Tools in Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro (revised October 2016)
Photo Editing - A Real World Example, How to transform poor photos into great ones using a selection of the Photo Tools in Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro (revised October 2016), Xara Group
The new photo handles (in all 365 versions of Designer titles) are a really easy way to resize, rotate and crop your photos. Find out how in this Photo Handles tutorial.

Photo Handles, The new photo handles (in all 365 versions of Designer titles) are a really easy way to resize, rotate and crop your photos. Find out how in this Photo Handles tutorial.

, Xara Group
An introduction to the Online Content Catalog and Local Designs Gallery in Designer Pro X365. The Content Catalog is an online repository for all your content needs, including a massive range of print and web templates, web widgets, stock photos and illustrations.
Online Content Catalog, An introduction to the Online Content Catalog and Local Designs Gallery in Designer Pro X365. The Content Catalog is an online repository for all your content needs, including a massive range of print and web templates, web widgets, stock photos and illustrations., Xara Group
Check out the new paintbrush tool on the photo fly out in the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X. Now you can simply ‘paint’ on photo effects such as the new dodge and burn.
Photo Effect Painter Tool, Check out the new paintbrush tool on the photo fly out in the 365 versions of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X. Now you can simply ‘paint’ on photo effects such as the new dodge and burn., Xara Group
Follow the steps to creating a simple one page website, including a mobile variant, from scratch (rather than using a template) in the 365 versions of Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X.
Create your own web story, Follow the steps to creating a simple one page website, including a mobile variant, from scratch (rather than using a template) in the 365 versions of Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X., Xara Group
Learn how to quickly and easily cut out objects from your photos using the Magnetic Lasso tool, new in the 365 versions of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Xara Designer Pro X.
Cutting Out Photo Objects With the Magnetic Lasso Tool, Learn how to quickly and easily cut out objects from your photos using the Magnetic Lasso tool, new in the 365 versions of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Xara Designer Pro X., Xara Group
Discover the improved Color Select & Enhance options in the Photo Tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro (updated August 2016)
Photo Editing Guide Part 4 (Color Select), Discover the improved Color Select & Enhance options in the Photo Tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro (updated August 2016), Xara Group
How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro (updated August 2016)
Shadows and Highlights, How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro (updated August 2016), Xara Group
A detailed look at the options in the Photo Enhance Tool including brightness & contrast, shadows & highlights, X process, color saturation, color temperature, hue, sharpen & blur, brightness levels and color select. (updated July 2016)
Photo Editing Guide, Part 3 (The Enhance Tool), A detailed look at the options in the Photo Enhance Tool including brightness & contrast, shadows & highlights, X process, color saturation, color temperature, hue, sharpen & blur, brightness levels and color select. (updated July 2016), Xara Group
An introduction to the photo tools in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro. (revised July 2016)
Photo Editing Guide, Part 2 (An Intro to the Photo Tools), An introduction to the photo tools in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro. (revised July 2016), Xara Group
How to create parallax effects with Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X 365
Creating Parallax Animation Effects, How to create parallax effects with Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X 365, Xara Group
Gary Priester takes a look at the features of the brand new Xara Designer Pro X365.
A First Look at Xara Designer Pro X365, Gary Priester takes a look at the features of the brand new Xara Designer Pro X365., Gary Priester
A quick summary of what you need to know to start editing photos using Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro (updated May 2016).
Photo Editing Guide, Part 1 (The Basics), A quick summary of what you need to know to start editing photos using Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro (updated May 2016)., Xara Group
Although Photo & Graphic Designer is a great photo editing tool, as the name implies, it’s a lot more than that. It’s also a high-powered general purpose graphics creation tool, able to create graphic designs of all types, from web graphics to page layouts such as posters and flyers, cartoons, and the most complex illustrations.
Introduction to Photo & Graphic Designer, Although Photo & Graphic Designer is a great photo editing tool, as the name implies, it’s a lot more than that. It’s also a high-powered general purpose graphics creation tool, able to create graphic designs of all types, from web graphics to page layouts such as posters and flyers, cartoons, and the most complex illustrations., Xara Group
In this tutorial we focus on the new Parallax scrolling animation in Web Designer 365 Premium, creating a single page website to demonstrate how to create this popular effect.
Scrolling Animations With Xara Web Designer, In this tutorial we focus on the new Parallax scrolling animation in Web Designer 365 Premium, creating a single page website to demonstrate how to create this popular effect., Xara Group
In Part 2 of our two part introduction to color editing in the Xara Designer titles we take a look at local, Theme and Named colors, and how to create shades, tints and linked colors, color schemes and contoned photos.
Editing Colors Part 2, In Part 2 of our two part introduction to color editing in the Xara Designer titles we take a look at local, Theme and Named colors, and how to create shades, tints and linked colors, color schemes and contoned photos., Xara Group
In Part 1 of our two part introduction to color editing in the Xara Designer titles, we take a look at the Color Line, the Color Line Context menu and the Color Editor.
Editing Colors Part 1, In Part 1 of our two part introduction to color editing in the Xara Designer titles, we take a look at the Color Line, the Color Line Context menu and the Color Editor., Xara Group
Learn how to create, customize and edit Xara's Art and Scatter brushes, new in V11.
Creating and using brushes in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Pro X11, Learn how to create, customize and edit Xara's Art and Scatter brushes, new in V11., Xara Group
Part 1 of our Intro to Photo & Graphic Designer gave an overview, and Part 2 introduced the Text Tools. This month in Part 3 we are taking a closer look at the drawing and illustration tools.
Intro to Photo & Graphic Designer Part 3 (Drawing), Part 1 of our Intro to Photo & Graphic Designer gave an overview, and Part 2 introduced the Text Tools. This month in Part 3 we are taking a closer look at the drawing and illustration tools., Xara Group
Font Awesome icons and symbols are integrated in the Designer titles and there are two easy ways of adding them to your page. Learn how through this video.
Font Awesome, Font Awesome icons and symbols are integrated in the Designer titles and there are two easy ways of adding them to your page. Learn how through this video. , Xara Group
See how to create your own list of abbreviations that expand automatically as you type (so for example XDP could be expanded to Xara Designer Pro as you type).
Auto Correct and Abbreviation Expansion, See how to create your own list of abbreviations that expand automatically as you type (so for example XDP could be expanded to Xara Designer Pro as you type)., Xara Group
Learn how to create a page background that covers the entire browser window and stretches to fill the browser width, using Xara Web Designer Premium or Xara Designer Pro X.
Stretchy objects on web backgrounds, Learn how to create a page background that covers the entire browser window and stretches to fill the browser width, using Xara Web Designer Premium or Xara Designer Pro X., Xara Group
Learn how to embed objects within text using Xara Page & Layout Designer, Web Designer Premium or Xara Designer Pro X.
Embedding Graphics in text, Learn how to embed objects within text using Xara Page & Layout Designer, Web Designer Premium or Xara Designer Pro X. , Xara Group
Learn how to highlight text in our Designer software.
Highlighting Text, Learn how to highlight text in our Designer software., Xara Group
Last month in our Intro Part 1 we gave a general overview of Photo & Graphic Designer. Part 2 offers an overview of the Text Tool, including an intro to all the options on the Text Tool InfoBar and an explanation of some of the common terminology - equally valuable if you are just starting out with any of the other Designer v11 titles.
Intro to Photo & Graphic Designer Part 2 (Text), Last month in our Intro Part 1 we gave a general overview of Photo & Graphic Designer. Part 2 offers an overview of the Text Tool, including an intro to all the options on the Text Tool InfoBar and an explanation of some of the common terminology - equally valuable if you are just starting out with any of the other Designer v11 titles. , Xara Group
Discover how to use the powerful hyphenation feature in Xara Page & Layout and Designer Pro X.
Hyphenation, Discover how to use the powerful hyphenation feature in Xara Page & Layout and Designer Pro X., Xara Group
Explore the different ways in which you can use the Font Awesome symbols and icons integrated in the Xara Designer titles.
Font Awesome Symbols and Icons, Explore the different ways in which you can use the Font Awesome symbols and icons integrated in the Xara Designer titles., Xara Group
These are objects that you can 'stick' in place as the web page scrolls underneath, for example a NavBar which sticks to the top of the page as viewers scroll down. In Web Designer / Designer Pro X any object can be stuck to any position on the page, or the left of right edge of the browser window. Find out how in this movie.
Create Sticky Objects in Xara Web Designer or Designer Pro, These are objects that you can 'stick' in place as the web page scrolls underneath, for example a NavBar which sticks to the top of the page as viewers scroll down. In Web Designer / Designer Pro X any object can be stuck to any position on the page, or the left of right edge of the browser window. Find out how in this movie., Xara Group
Discover how to set up objects to animate on mouseover, on reveal or on click (or tap on a touch device) in Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X.
Web Animations on Mouseover, Click & Reveal in Xara Web Designer, Discover how to set up objects to animate on mouseover, on reveal or on click (or tap on a touch device) in Web Designer Premium or Designer Pro X. , Xara Group
Gary’s tutorial has nothing to do with typography, and everything to do with the art of making words look terrific on printed and electronic pages! Come explore some little-known features on the Text Tool’s InfoBar, learn how to tap into the power of Text Styles and use Xara like the desktop publishing program it always could be!
Typesetting With Xara, Gary’s tutorial has nothing to do with typography, and everything to do with the art of making words look terrific on printed and electronic pages! Come explore some little-known features on the Text Tool’s InfoBar, learn how to tap into the power of Text Styles and use Xara like the desktop publishing program it always could be!, Gary Bouton
An in depth 12 part introduction by Xhris to the features of Xara Designer Pro, covering drawing, photo editing, web design, animation, presentations and much more (recently updated for v11).
The Ultimate Introduction to Xara Designer Pro, An in depth 12 part introduction by Xhris to the features of Xara Designer Pro, covering drawing, photo editing, web design, animation, presentations and much more (recently updated for v11)., Xhris
Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Designer Pro X11.
Xara Designer Pro X11 First Look, Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Designer Pro X11., Gary Priester
It’s becoming increasingly popular in web page design to have interesting animations, items that stick at the same place on screen as you scroll, and items that stretch to fill the browser window width. This tutorial shows how to create these effects in your websites using Web Designer or Designer Pro 11.
Stretchy, Sticky and Animated Objects on your Website, It’s becoming increasingly popular in web page design to have interesting animations, items that stick at the same place on screen as you scroll, and items that stretch to fill the browser window width. This tutorial shows how to create these effects in your websites using Web Designer or Designer Pro 11., Xara Group
Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Photo & Graphic Designer 11.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 First Look, Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Photo & Graphic Designer 11., Gary Priester
Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Web Designer 11.
Xara Web Designer 11 First Look, Gary Priester gives us an insight into to the new features of Web Designer 11., Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Bouton shows you how to make a Varsity-style logo. Stretching characters, positioning of text, different textures and other fun ideas.
Making a Varsity-style Logo, In this tutorial Gary Bouton shows you how to make a Varsity-style logo. Stretching characters, positioning of text, different textures and other fun ideas. , Gary Bouton
Rectangles are by far the most common graphic shape used in almost every type of design. You might assume it’s easy to use the Rectangle tool to add rectangles to your page, and it is very easy, but there’s a lot more to the Rectangle Tool than you might imagine. So here’s a tutorial on getting the most from the Rectangle tool.
Rectangles Everywhere, Rectangles are by far the most common graphic shape used in almost every type of design. You might assume it’s easy to use the Rectangle tool to add rectangles to your page, and it is very easy, but there’s a lot more to the Rectangle Tool than you might imagine. So here’s a tutorial on getting the most from the Rectangle tool., Xara Group
Follow Paul through this tutorial to see how he created the battery. Learn how to do the copper topping, lighting, perspective, front and back planes and the top and contact point.
Creating a Battery With Extrudes, Follow Paul through this tutorial to see how he created the battery. Learn how to do the copper topping, lighting, perspective, front and back planes and the top and contact point. , Paul Saumure
Find out what is involved in making your website mobile friendly. In version 10 of Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro we added the ability to create responsive websites.
Responsive Web Design, Find out what is involved in making your website mobile friendly. In version 10 of Web Designer Premium and Designer Pro we added the ability to create responsive websites. , Xara Group
Frances Proctor shows you how to use the Xara Embossing Filter to transform a plain serif font into lettering that looks like it was cast in gold.
Cast in Gold, Frances Proctor shows you how to use the Xara Embossing Filter to transform a plain serif font into lettering that looks like it was cast in gold. , Frances Proctor
Follow Gary as he finishes his Casino poster. You’re going to need some goodies and some advice, and Gary provides both with a video round-up of novel techniques and a professional approach to page layout.
Creating a Casino Poster Part 2, Follow Gary as he finishes his Casino poster. You’re going to need some goodies and some advice, and Gary provides both with a video round-up of novel techniques and a professional approach to page layout., Gary Bouton
How to create photo galleries and photo pop-ups in Web Designer and Designer Pro, using widgets or creating your own custom photo gallery.
Photo Galleries and Photo Pop-ups, How to create photo galleries and photo pop-ups in Web Designer and Designer Pro, using widgets or creating your own custom photo gallery., Xara Group
Bob Taylor has produced a quirky wordless tutorial with step by step images showing you how to create a fish.
Teach A Man To Fish, Bob Taylor has produced a quirky wordless tutorial with step by step images showing you how to create a fish. , Bob Taylor
You’re going to learn and use a lot of features, a convergence of both tools and skills as you perform Part 1 of the two-parter Gary has created. You’ll be building a casino night poster for a charity event. In this part, you’ll see how to make a roulette wheel-style border, create text that looks like neon, and design a poker table felt texture.
Creating a Casino Poster Part 1, You’re going to learn and use a lot of features, a convergence of both tools and skills as you perform Part 1 of the two-parter Gary has created. You’ll be building a casino night poster for a charity event. In this part, you’ll see how to make a roulette wheel-style border, create text that looks like neon, and design a poker table felt texture., Gary Bouton
If you need a photo-realistic element in a scene, you take a photograph of it and then trace over it. It’s that simple! This month, Gary shows you step-by-step how to reproduce a watering can in a scene, so well-defined, many people won’t notice it’s a drawing. It’s that’s your goal, watch the video now!
Tracing Is Not Cheating, If you need a photo-realistic element in a scene, you take a photograph of it and then trace over it. It’s that simple! This month, Gary shows you step-by-step how to reproduce a watering can in a scene, so well-defined, many people won’t notice it’s a drawing. It’s that’s your goal, watch the video now!, Gary Bouton
In this tutorial Frances Proctor shows you how to put color themes and named colors to good use in your artwork.
Organizing a World of Colors, In this tutorial Frances Proctor shows you how to put color themes and named colors to good use in your artwork., Frances Proctor
Using the Blend tool and the Xara Nudge feature Gary has produced this mouth watering jelly bean. Follow his step by step tutorial to find out how he did it.
How To Draw a Jelly Bean, Using the Blend tool and the Xara Nudge feature Gary has produced this mouth watering jelly bean. Follow his step by step tutorial to find out how he did it.
, Gary Bouton
There’s 3D that moves, and there’s 3D that looks so real you want to reach out and touch it. This month, Gary takes you from beginning to a finished origami, polygonal-shaped dimensional tree using star shapes in combination with the Mould tool in perspective mode, a little knowledge of perspective, and how to build panels by connecting control points. It’s a real Xara workout, you’d learn oodles of techniques, and be able to draw a forest in no time.
Making a Polygonal Tree, There’s 3D that moves, and there’s 3D that looks so real you want to reach out and touch it. This month, Gary takes you from beginning to a finished origami, polygonal-shaped dimensional tree using star shapes in combination with the Mould tool in perspective mode, a little knowledge of perspective, and how to build panels by connecting control points. It’s a real Xara workout, you’d learn oodles of techniques, and be able to draw a forest in no time., Gary Bouton
Backgrounds complete the image; they put your illustration into context, help the audience out visually, and enhance your drawing into a composition. This month's video shows you step-by-step how to build an innovative, content-rich room behind a drawing that complements your work instead of stealing the show.
The Importance of Backgrounds!, Backgrounds complete the image; they put your illustration into context, help the audience out visually, and enhance your drawing into a composition. This month's video shows you step-by-step how to build an innovative, content-rich room behind a drawing that complements your work instead of stealing the show., Gary Bouton
This video from Frances Proctor shows you how she created this dripping text illustration, and there's a link to the Liquidism freeware font.
Making Watery Text, This video from Frances Proctor shows you how she created this dripping text illustration, and there's a link to the Liquidism freeware font., Frances Proctor
Have a bit of fun with this tutorial from Gary Bouton as he creates some small but eye-catching animated GIFs.
Big GIFs Tiny Animations, Have a bit of fun with this tutorial from Gary Bouton as he creates some small but eye-catching animated GIFs., Gary Bouton
This month Gary shows you how to design using type as creatively as putting pictures together. From the ongoing "Page Layout Series" on Xara Xone, this video is bound to spark some ideas.
Page Layout Pt 2: Typography, This month Gary shows you how to design using type as creatively as putting pictures together. From the ongoing "Page Layout Series" on Xara Xone, this video is bound to spark some ideas., Gary Bouton
In Part 1 you saw how to blend and alter multiple images to make dramatic compositions. This month, Gary tips in the Mask tools. Come see how you can create a spotlight effect on a pile of gems.
Xara Photo Compositions Part 2, In Part 1 you saw how to blend and alter multiple images to make dramatic compositions. This month, Gary tips in the Mask tools. Come see how you can create a spotlight effect on a pile of gems., Gary Bouton
You can enhance the individual colors of a photo by selecting the color and choosing an option from the info bar. Follow this tutorial to find out how.
Color Select & Enhance, You can enhance the individual colors of a photo by selecting the color and choosing an option from the info bar. Follow this tutorial to find out how., Xara Group
Photo composition is a sport that’s largely vertical: not many people know how to blend or alter photos, so you’re in luck this month, twice in fact, as Gary presents both Part 1 and Part II of this mega-informational guided tour of Xara’s photo strengths.
Xara Photo Compositions Part 1, Photo composition is a sport that’s largely vertical: not many people know how to blend or alter photos, so you’re in luck this month, twice in fact, as Gary presents both Part 1 and Part II of this mega-informational guided tour of Xara’s photo strengths., Gary Bouton
Rik Datta digs deeper into the possibilities of the Extrude tool in this well explained tutorial.
Creating illustrations With Only Extrudes, Rik Datta digs deeper into the possibilities of the Extrude tool in this well explained tutorial., Rik Datta
How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro.
Shadows & Highlights, How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro., Xara Group
In this tutorial by Mike W you will learn how to create a great poster with simple melding of the use of color, type face, design elements and layout.
Designing an Elegant Poster, In this tutorial by Mike W you will learn how to create a great poster with simple melding of the use of color, type face, design elements and layout. , Mike W
Xara Designer Pro X10 is Xara’s top-of-the-line design product. It contains all the excellent features found in Xara Web Designer Premium 10, Xara Page & Layout Designer, and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, plus a few exclusive features. Gary Priester takes a First Look.
Xara Designer Pro X10 First Look, Xara Designer Pro X10 is Xara’s top-of-the-line design product. It contains all the excellent features found in Xara Web Designer Premium 10, Xara Page & Layout Designer, and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, plus a few exclusive features. Gary Priester takes a First Look., Gary Priester
Photo & Graphic Designer turns 10, and how mature Photo & Graphic Designer has become! Gary Priester takes a First Look at what's new.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 First Look, Photo & Graphic Designer turns 10, and how mature Photo & Graphic Designer has become! Gary Priester takes a First Look at what's new., Gary Priester
Displaying your photos creatively on your website need not be an arduous task and you don’t have to be a skilled designer to do it either, as Xara Web Designer makes the task very easy.
Creative Photo Displays with Pop-Ups for your Website, Displaying your photos creatively on your website need not be an arduous task and you don’t have to be a skilled designer to do it either, as Xara Web Designer makes the task very easy., Xara Group
The next best thing to a cool refreshing drink this season is a tutorial on how to draw ice cubes. So let Gary walk you through using the Extrude tool to create a reference model, show you how to draw all six faces of a cube, how to shade it and how to make a shadow for objects such as glass that should have a cool refreshing drink in it.
Creating 3D Semi-Transparent Cubes in Xara, The next best thing to a cool refreshing drink this season is a tutorial on how to draw ice cubes. So let Gary walk you through using the Extrude tool to create a reference model, show you how to draw all six faces of a cube, how to shade it and how to make a shadow for objects such as glass that should have a cool refreshing drink in it. , Gary Bouton
Gary Bouton explains how to create a visually compelling 3D scene, using the most appropriate type face and the Xara Extrude tool.
Going Beyond 3D, Gary Bouton explains how to create a visually compelling 3D scene, using the most appropriate type face and the Xara Extrude tool., Gary Bouton
If you want an easy way to create great looking shapes that look as though they’ve been designed by a graphics professional then take a look at the Xara’s SmartShapes selection (V10 & later). They’re a useful range of everyday shapes that you can drop right into your website or documents and then edit in a simple and intuitive way. Includes Speech Bubbles, Arrows, Text boxes and (v11) Spirals and more.
SmartShapes, If you want an easy way to create great looking shapes that look as though they’ve been designed by a graphics professional then take a look at the Xara’s SmartShapes selection (V10 & later). They’re a useful range of everyday shapes that you can drop right into your website or documents and then edit in a simple and intuitive way. Includes Speech Bubbles, Arrows, Text boxes and (v11) Spirals and more., Xara Group
This month Gary has substituted an essay for the regular tutorial because it’s just too important for artists to get their heads around the very real differences between vector and bitmap graphics. Considering 98% of web content is pixel-based, you might want to get to know pixels a little bit better. In Gary’s essay, he takes you through image resolution in a way that applies to Xara and your work.
Pixel-Based Graphics and Resolution, This month Gary has substituted an essay for the regular tutorial because it’s just too important for artists to get their heads around the very real differences between vector and bitmap graphics. Considering 98% of web content is pixel-based, you might want to get to know pixels a little bit better. In Gary’s essay, he takes you through image resolution in a way that applies to Xara and your work., Gary Bouton
SmartShapes provide a really quick and easy way of creating and editing some of the most commonly required shapes. Find out how in this tutorial.
Smart Shapes, SmartShapes provide a really quick and easy way of creating and editing some of the most commonly required shapes. Find out how in this tutorial. , Xara Group
Part 2 of our tutorial about Responsive Web Design.
Creating A Mobile Variant (v10+) Part 2, Part 2 of our tutorial about Responsive Web Design. , Xara Group
Follow this tutorial to find out more about Responsive Web Design. With the surge in popularity of browsing on mobiles and tablets it is becoming essential to create sites that are tailored to the needs of these visitors.
Creating A Mobile Variant (v10+) Part 1, Follow this tutorial to find out more about Responsive Web Design. With the surge in popularity of browsing on mobiles and tablets it is becoming essential to create sites that are tailored to the needs of these visitors. , Xara Group
Find out how to draw scientifically accurate science stuff without knowing science, mixing Extrudes and Shapes to make molecules. Gary Bouton has created an easy to follow tutorial.
Mixing Extrudes and Shapes to Make Molecules, Find out how to draw scientifically accurate science stuff without knowing science, mixing Extrudes and Shapes to make molecules. Gary Bouton has created an easy to follow tutorial. , Gary Bouton
Wouldn’t it be nice to create a web layout that looks the same on a phone, tablet, and on a desktop? This is called Responsive Websites, and for the first time Xara Web Designer 10 makes it easy for designers who don’t code to get your visual message all over the web with consistency across devices. Gary Priester takes a First Look, and what a look it is!
Xara Web Designer 10 First Look, Wouldn’t it be nice to create a web layout that looks the same on a phone, tablet, and on a desktop? This is called Responsive Websites, and for the first time Xara Web Designer 10 makes it easy for designers who don’t code to get your visual message all over the web with consistency across devices. Gary Priester takes a First Look, and what a look it is!, Gary Priester
Learn how to light up your design with fiery text! Follow Bob Taylor's tutorial which shows you how to create a fire effect and put it inside text.
Playing With Fire (In a Fun Harmless way) with Xara, Learn how to light up your design with fiery text! Follow Bob Taylor's tutorial which shows you how to create a fire effect and put it inside text. , Bob Taylor
Gary has some fun creating virtual 3D cutout characters using the steps in this month’s video. You’ll see how to overlay shapes and then use the Conical gradient fill to make typography that pops off that page.
3D Papercrafting in Xara, Gary has some fun creating virtual 3D cutout characters using the steps in this month’s video. You’ll see how to overlay shapes and then use the Conical gradient fill to make typography that pops off that page. , Gary Bouton
Follow this tutorial to find out how easy it is to take screenshots and process them - resize, crop, annotate and even blur sensitive parts of the image.
Screenshots, Follow this tutorial to find out how easy it is to take screenshots and process them - resize, crop, annotate and even blur sensitive parts of the image., Xara Group
Fonts and websites can be a confusing topic with web fonts, 'web safe' fonts, embedded fonts and Google fonts. Font technology has evolved significantly over the last few years. This article attempts to explain the different fonts that can be used in websites.
Google Fonts and Web Fonts, Fonts and websites can be a confusing topic with web fonts, 'web safe' fonts, embedded fonts and Google fonts. Font technology has evolved significantly over the last few years. This article attempts to explain the different fonts that can be used in websites., Xara Group
This useful tutorial from Frances Proctor takes a close look at guidelines, guide objects and guide layers.
Guiding Your Way, This useful tutorial from Frances Proctor takes a close look at guidelines, guide objects and guide layers. , Frances Proctor
Layers can be used to restrict the amount of detail shown at any one time by locking or hiding objects you don’t want to move or change, thus making it easier to work with complex documents. This tutorial explains how to use Layers and the Layers Gallery.
Layers Explained, Layers can be used to restrict the amount of detail shown at any one time by locking or hiding objects you don’t want to move or change, thus making it easier to work with complex documents. This tutorial explains how to use Layers and the Layers Gallery., Xara Group
There are most probably several dozen more things you might not have tried in Xara. Join Gary Bouton in this tutorial and improve your knowledge of Xara software.
Seven things You Might Have Overlooked in Xara Designer, There are most probably several dozen more things you might not have tried in Xara. Join Gary Bouton in this tutorial and improve your knowledge of Xara software. , Gary Bouton
January begins with a bang with a comprehensive, hands-on tutorial on how to draw plastic and chrome shapes and what the visual differences are. Get the Shape tool out right now! Gary Bouton shows the way.
Drawing Chrome & Plastic: What’s the Diff?, January begins with a bang with a comprehensive, hands-on tutorial on how to draw plastic and chrome shapes and what the visual differences are. Get the Shape tool out right now! Gary Bouton shows the way., Gary Bouton
Now you can have your pie and draw it, too! This month it’s pie wedge and pie chart design on Xara TV at The Xara Xone.
Make Pie Slices to Any Size in Xara, Now you can have your pie and draw it, too! This month it’s pie wedge and pie chart design on Xara TV at The Xara Xone., Gary Bouton
Gary Bouton shows you how to draw a five pointed star using any version of Xara software in this easy to follow tutorial. Filling, aligning, shading and embelishment.
Creating A Compass Rose-Style Star, Gary Bouton shows you how to draw a five pointed star using any version of Xara software in this easy to follow tutorial. Filling, aligning, shading and embelishment. , Gary Bouton
Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the Content Aware Resize tool. Find out how the background of a picture can be stretched, but the key foreground objects remain unaffected.
Photo Rescaling and Zooming, Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the Content Aware Resize tool. Find out how the background of a picture can be stretched, but the key foreground objects remain unaffected., Xara Group
Bob Taylor has merged two art techniques to achieve the grunge text on a 3D wall. In this particular tutorial he has offered you a method for creating aged text on an aged corrugated metal panel.
Putting Grunge Text on a 3D Wall, Bob Taylor has merged two art techniques to achieve the grunge text on a 3D wall. In this particular tutorial he has offered you a method for creating aged text on an aged corrugated metal panel., Bob Taylor
Go to the next level in design with the November tutorial on page layout and design. Get the straight facts the professionals use that separates good work from outstanding design.
Page Design Part One, Go to the next level in design with the November tutorial on page layout and design. Get the straight facts the professionals use that separates good work from outstanding design., Gary Bouton
Erasing or changing the background behind complex shapes can be done with ease using the new automated background erase feature. Find out how to do it in this easy to follow tutorial.
Background Erase, Erasing or changing the background behind complex shapes can be done with ease using the new automated background erase feature. Find out how to do it in this easy to follow tutorial. , Xara Group
This tutorial demonstrates how to use one of Xara’s new effects and presentation features to create a spooky, interactive online invitation. Follow Frances Proctor through this 'spooktacular' seasonal tutorial.
Making a Creepy Interactive Halloween Invitation, This tutorial demonstrates how to use one of Xara’s new effects and presentation features to create a spooky, interactive online invitation. Follow Frances Proctor through this 'spooktacular' seasonal tutorial. , Frances Proctor
This month’s polygonal playground features Gary’s video tutorial on how to draw a perfectly symmetrical gear, a real work out for the illustration tools in Designer Pro.
Stepping into High Gear, This month’s polygonal playground features Gary’s video tutorial on how to draw a perfectly symmetrical gear, a real work out for the illustration tools in Designer Pro., Gary Bouton
Follow this tutorial to see how to draw the “eVitation” card, in perspective so the inside and outside are visible. Rik Datta takes you through this easy to follow step by step tutorial.
Drawing an Invitation Card, Follow this tutorial to see how to draw the “eVitation” card, in perspective so the inside and outside are visible. Rik Datta takes you through this easy to follow step by step tutorial. , Rik Datta
In this tutorial find out how the new Page & Layout Designer enables you to publish a perfectly accurate WYSIWYG web version of your print documents so you can share them easily without the need to create and distribute PDFs, and maybe even saving you the effort of a website!
Creating A Multi-Page Brochure For Print And The Web, In this tutorial find out how the new Page & Layout Designer enables you to publish a perfectly accurate WYSIWYG web version of your print documents so you can share them easily without the need to create and distribute PDFs, and maybe even saving you the effort of a website!, Xara Group
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could build a star-like shape that appears to extend in all three dimensions, not just extruded? Find out how to achieve a stellar effect in Xara with Gary’s sci-fi exploration of space beacons and free photos from the Hubble Observatory!
Creating a Space Beacon, Wouldn’t it be nice if you could build a star-like shape that appears to extend in all three dimensions, not just extruded? Find out how to achieve a stellar effect in Xara with Gary’s sci-fi exploration of space beacons and free photos from the Hubble Observatory!, Gary Bouton
If you’re a “cocktail napkin doodler” or just love to sketch cartoons with physical media, stay tuned, because this month Gary covers the path from paper to Xara with your work. See how to make the best scan, how to import it to Xara and use the Bitmap Tracer feature, and finally, see how to color your work to completion. Also learn how to edit your drawing style, so tracing utilities give you exactly what you need.
Digi-toons!, If you’re a “cocktail napkin doodler” or just love to sketch cartoons with physical media, stay tuned, because this month Gary covers the path from paper to Xara with your work. See how to make the best scan, how to import it to Xara and use the Bitmap Tracer feature, and finally, see how to color your work to completion. Also learn how to edit your drawing style, so tracing utilities give you exactly what you need., Gary Bouton
Gary Bouton shows you how he added text to this crumpled T-shirt. Find out how to match the curvature of the wavy fabric and even add shading via transparency so the text looks as though it’s on the shirt.
Mapping Text to Wafting Fabric, Gary Bouton shows you how he added text to this crumpled T-shirt. Find out how to match the curvature of the wavy fabric and even add shading via transparency so the text looks as though it’s on the shirt., Gary Bouton
The new Xara Designer Pro X9 is the ultimate all-in-one creative tool that provides all the tools for a range of graphic design tasks that would normally require three or more separate 'suite' programs: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout (Desktop Publishing), web graphics, websites and more. Let's take a look at what's new in v9.
Xara Designer Pro X9 First Look, The new Xara Designer Pro X9 is the ultimate all-in-one creative tool that provides all the tools for a range of graphic design tasks that would normally require three or more separate 'suite' programs: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout (Desktop Publishing), web graphics, websites and more. Let's take a look at what's new in v9., Gary Priester
In this tutorial Rik Datta shows you how to create the image of a photo realistic bottle top. If you’re not of drinking age, consider designing a soft drink logo!
How to Draw a Photorealistic Bottle Cap, In this tutorial Rik Datta shows you how to create the image of a photo realistic bottle top. If you’re not of drinking age, consider designing a soft drink logo!, Rik Datta
With these tips and tricks from Bob Taylor you will learn the art of camouflage pattern-making.
Designing a Vector Camouflage Pattern, With these tips and tricks from Bob Taylor you will learn the art of camouflage pattern-making., Bob Taylor
With a focus on printing and printed output, the all new Xara Page & Layout Designer 9 was created for people who create logos, business cards, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, flyers, business documents, posters, and even magazines. Take Gary Priester's tour of the newest member of the Xara family of graphics programs, and see for yourself how easy it is to produce stunning documents.
Xara Page & Layout Designer 9 First Look, With a focus on printing and printed output, the all new Xara Page & Layout Designer 9 was created for people who create logos, business cards, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, flyers, business documents, posters, and even magazines. Take Gary Priester's tour of the newest member of the Xara family of graphics programs, and see for yourself how easy it is to produce stunning documents., Gary Priester
Xara’s Bevel tool is terrific when you want text or shapes to protrude from the page, but what do you do when you want something to recede—to look as though you took a chisel to marble or othjer stone? The answer is: you watch the tutorial this month!
Carved in Stone, Xara’s Bevel tool is terrific when you want text or shapes to protrude from the page, but what do you do when you want something to recede—to look as though you took a chisel to marble or othjer stone? The answer is: you watch the tutorial this month!, Gary Bouton
Follow these steps to discover how Gary simulated this gold embossed logo on a leather book cover.
Making a Striking Coffee Table Book Cover, Follow these steps to discover how Gary simulated this gold embossed logo on a leather book cover. , Gary Bouton
Before you go giving your elegant illustration a solid or blurry shadow, check out April’s tutorial on using Live Effects to make a unique and photo-realistic perspective shadow.
Creating a Professional Shadow, Before you go giving your elegant illustration a solid or blurry shadow, check out April’s tutorial on using Live Effects to make a unique and photo-realistic perspective shadow., Gary Bouton
Gary Priester takes you on a tour de force of Xara Web Designer 9, just released. Both the Premium and Classic versions demonstrate a major step forward in WYSIWYG web page design.
Xara Web Designer 9 First Look, Gary Priester takes you on a tour de force of Xara Web Designer 9, just released. Both the Premium and Classic versions demonstrate a major step forward in WYSIWYG web page design., Gary Priester
Follow these steps from Gary Bouton and you will be good to go with Custom Page and Pasteboard background images.
Adding Custom Textures to Your Web Pages, Follow these steps from Gary Bouton and you will be good to go with Custom Page and Pasteboard background images., Gary Bouton
More than a year ago, Gary started Xarists off with an introduction to Flash animation, and this month you’ll return to the land of Flash and vector animation with an intriguing animation example that uses a reveal technique to make it look as though a pencil is writing a numeric countdown.
A Return to Animation, More than a year ago, Gary started Xarists off with an introduction to Flash animation, and this month you’ll return to the land of Flash and vector animation with an intriguing animation example that uses a reveal technique to make it look as though a pencil is writing a numeric countdown., Gary Bouton
In this tutorial we’re going to show you how easy it is to use photo editing tools that can help you to color correct your photos in Photo & Graphic Designer 2013 or Designer Pro X.
Brightness Levels, In this tutorial we’re going to show you how easy it is to use photo editing tools that can help you to color correct your photos in Photo & Graphic Designer 2013 or Designer Pro X. , Xara Group
Follow Gary's steps as he creates a Neon sign. The technique uses lines, blends, and transparency modes. Put it all together and you’ll have an eye-catching way to advertise just about anything!
Neon and other Noble Gases, Follow Gary's steps as he creates a Neon sign. The technique uses lines, blends, and transparency modes. Put it all together and you’ll have an eye-catching way to advertise just about anything!, Gary Bouton
Follow Frances Proctor through this step by step tutorial to learn how to create beautiful stained glass windows set in a distressed, painted frame.
Designing a Stained Glass Window, Follow Frances Proctor through this step by step tutorial to learn how to create beautiful stained glass windows set in a distressed, painted frame., Frances Proctor
Gary tries his hand at some advanced image retouching. Significant areas of a target image are missing, but by first defining a process, and then by following it with Xara’s tools, you’ll be able to restore a photo exactly as a pro would with Xara.
Advanced Image Retouching, Gary tries his hand at some advanced image retouching. Significant areas of a target image are missing, but by first defining a process, and then by following it with Xara’s tools, you’ll be able to restore a photo exactly as a pro would with Xara., Gary Bouton
Stephen Whittle explains how he created this rather spooky background, with fractal fills and reflections.
Making Surreal Backgrounds with Xara Fractals, Stephen Whittle explains how he created this rather spooky background, with fractal fills and reflections., Stephen Whittle
This month Gary shows you how to get results you might not have guessed you could achieve in Xara, with Live Effects and the PS plug-ins that come with the program. Re-light a composition, make drawings look like paintings, speed up your work and make it look more intricate in moments.
Working With Live Effects, This month Gary shows you how to get results you might not have guessed you could achieve in Xara, with Live Effects and the PS plug-ins that come with the program. Re-light a composition, make drawings look like paintings, speed up your work and make it look more intricate in moments., Gary Bouton
Frances Proctor shows you how she created this Valentine card, center pieced with a diamond necklace.
Making A Handcrafted Valentine Card, Frances Proctor shows you how she created this Valentine card, center pieced with a diamond necklace., Frances Proctor
This is a quick and easy digital scrapbooking tutorial from Frances Proctor. More for beginners but all skill levels are invited to play along whilst creating this 'Raindeer' Christmas card.
A Raindeer Christmas Greeting Card, This is a quick and easy digital scrapbooking tutorial from Frances Proctor. More for beginners but all skill levels are invited to play along whilst creating this 'Raindeer' Christmas card. , Frances Proctor
Gary Bouton shows you how to illustrate a Christmas garland and turn it into a custom Xara brush stroke.
Deck The Halls! Making a Garland Brush, Gary Bouton shows you how to illustrate a Christmas garland and turn it into a custom Xara brush stroke., Gary Bouton
Great lighting is what makes the difference between a drawing that sits on a page, and one that appears to be in the page. This November 2012 tutorial by Gary Bouton shows you how to use Xara's Extrude tool, Shadow tool, and other tools to make dramatic lighting a snap in your compositions.
Let There Be Light: Lighting in Xara, Great lighting is what makes the difference between a drawing that sits on a page, and one that appears to be in the page. This November 2012 tutorial by Gary Bouton shows you how to use Xara's Extrude tool, Shadow tool, and other tools to make dramatic lighting a snap in your compositions., Gary Bouton
In addition to the many angles of lighting demonstrated in this month’s video tutorial from Gary Bouton, there is also one commonly called Edge Lighting. Edge lighting can be particularly effective in designing portraits because of the artistic effect it imbues, teasing, hiding and partially revealing your subject.
Edge Lighting, In addition to the many angles of lighting demonstrated in this month’s video tutorial from Gary Bouton, there is also one commonly called Edge Lighting. Edge lighting can be particularly effective in designing portraits because of the artistic effect it imbues, teasing, hiding and partially revealing your subject., Gary Bouton
The Shape tool, Xara’s all-in-one creation and editing tool is a designer's dream. Come explore this moth not only how to put the Shape tool at your beck and call, but also see how to join and break shapes, how to work the corners of your shapes with end caps, and how a line becomes a shape…and back again.
Revenge of the Shape Tool: Heaven Only Nodes Episode II, The Shape tool, Xara’s all-in-one creation and editing tool is a designer's dream. Come explore this moth not only how to put the Shape tool at your beck and call, but also see how to join and break shapes, how to work the corners of your shapes with end caps, and how a line becomes a shape…and back again., Gary Bouton
In this tutorial France Proctor is going to show you how, with a little bit of extra work, you can change a basic effect into a 3D-looking element fit for the center stage of your artwork.
Creating Textured Extrusions with Displacement Maps, In this tutorial France Proctor is going to show you how, with a little bit of extra work, you can change a basic effect into a 3D-looking element fit for the center stage of your artwork. , Frances Proctor
If you’ve been messing with the Freehand tool, trying to create the shape of your dreams—park it—and get the low-down on the Pen tool and how to click-drag to make excellent curves.
All About Drawing and Control Points Episode 1, If you’ve been messing with the Freehand tool, trying to create the shape of your dreams—park it—and get the low-down on the Pen tool and how to click-drag to make excellent curves., Gary Bouton
Creating realistic looking folds in cloth or organic 3D surfaces in your artwork is fun and easy to do with the right art tools— Xara Designer, Image Skill’s free Displacement Map plugin, and your imagination and talent. Follow Gary Bouton through this useful tutorial.
Salut! Make a Waving Flag with a Plugin, Creating realistic looking folds in cloth or organic 3D surfaces in your artwork is fun and easy to do with the right art tools— Xara Designer, Image Skill’s free Displacement Map plugin, and your imagination and talent. Follow Gary Bouton through this useful tutorial. , Gary Bouton
The focus continues this month on how to use Xara Designer as an image editor. Get your feet wet with the Mask tool, the Clone tool, and then dive in head first to some fun, sophisticated, and creative retouching.
Retouching With Xara Designer Pro X Part 2, The focus continues this month on how to use Xara Designer as an image editor. Get your feet wet with the Mask tool, the Clone tool, and then dive in head first to some fun, sophisticated, and creative retouching., Gary Bouton
Yep, no drawing allowed! Gary Bouton will show you some fancy photo retouching moves this month, using Designer Pro 8's Color Select, Clone and other advanced editing tools.
Retouching With Xara Designer Pro, Yep, no drawing allowed! Gary Bouton will show you some fancy photo retouching moves this month, using Designer Pro 8's Color Select, Clone and other advanced editing tools., Gary Bouton
In this tutorial from Gary Bouton, you will find out how to start a font collection of your own.
Desert Island 20 Typeface Collection, In this tutorial from Gary Bouton, you will find out how to start a font collection of your own. , Gary Bouton
This month’s tutorial from Gary Bouton explores the Mould tool used in combination with text, in both Envelope and Perspective mode.
Using Text as A Shape, This month’s tutorial from Gary Bouton explores the Mould tool used in combination with text, in both Envelope and Perspective mode., Gary Bouton
Gary Bouton takes you on a interstellar trip with this month's tutorial. Learn how to illustrate Saturn using transparency, blends, fractal fills. Then use the Mould tool to create the proper perspective for cool, planetary rings.
Planet-Building 101, Gary Bouton takes you on a interstellar trip with this month's tutorial. Learn how to illustrate Saturn using transparency, blends, fractal fills. Then use the Mould tool to create the proper perspective for cool, planetary rings., Gary Bouton
Frances Proctor shows you how to take a brand new digital photo and distress it so it looks like an antique card mounted photo.
Everything New is Old Again!, Frances Proctor shows you how to take a brand new digital photo and distress it so it looks like an antique card mounted photo., Frances Proctor
Gary Bouton shows you how to create seamless tiling patterns with Xara Designer Pro X (v8) this month.
Create Seamless Patterns with Xara, Gary Bouton shows you how to create seamless tiling patterns with Xara Designer Pro X (v8) this month., Gary Bouton
Gary Priester takes an in depth look Xara Designer Pro X(v8). Discover what's new and what's HOT!
Xara Designer Pro X and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX — First Look, Gary Priester takes an in depth look Xara Designer Pro X(v8). Discover what's new and what's HOT!, Gary Priester
A while ago Larry Leiker was asked to make an animated snow scene. In this tutorial he shares a simple and effective technique.
Using Noise (instead of water) to Make Animated Snow, A while ago Larry Leiker was asked to make an animated snow scene. In this tutorial he shares a simple and effective technique., Larry Leiker
Gary Bouton takes you through the process of creating an outdoor sign, from concept, to typography, to drawing it in Xara Designer, to exporting it for personal printer and for commercial printing.
Designing a Sign with Xara, Gary Bouton takes you through the process of creating an outdoor sign, from concept, to typography, to drawing it in Xara Designer, to exporting it for personal printer and for commercial printing., Gary Bouton
Gary takes you on a passenger’s seat, front row tour of famous commercial logos, and then coaches you on how to build one. A free, downloadable resource file is available so you can follow along.
Creating a Logo with Xara, Gary takes you on a passenger’s seat, front row tour of famous commercial logos, and then coaches you on how to build one. A free, downloadable resource file is available so you can follow along., Gary Bouton
Follow Bob Taylor as he shows you in a few simple steps how to achieve a “grunge” look to shapes, entirely with vectors.
Building a Xara Vector Grunge Effect, Follow Bob Taylor as he shows you in a few simple steps how to achieve a “grunge” look to shapes, entirely with vectors., Bob Taylor
Gary Priester takes an in depth look at the brand new Web Designer MX (v8). Discover what's new NOW!
Xara Web Designer MX Premium First Look, Gary Priester takes an in depth look at the brand new Web Designer MX (v8). Discover what's new NOW!, Gary Priester
Gary demystifies the animation power in Xara and gets you into the bounce and swing of things, Flash style. You’ll have a ball, and animate one, too!
The Bouncing Ball Animation, Gary demystifies the animation power in Xara and gets you into the bounce and swing of things, Flash style. You’ll have a ball, and animate one, too!, Gary Bouton
This tutorial explores using layers of fractal fills and transparencies to create clouds, water, stone, wood, and woven fabric. In fact Frances Proctor has created 5 mini tutorials, and she has also included a .xar file that you can download with completed examples to pull apart and experiment with.
Fabulous Fractals, This tutorial explores using layers of fractal fills and transparencies to create clouds, water, stone, wood, and woven fabric. In fact Frances Proctor has created 5 mini tutorials, and she has also included a .xar file that you can download with completed examples to pull apart and experiment with., Frances Proctor
In January's video tutioral, Gary Bouton shows you how to use Xara’s Live Effects and other tools together to shape light and texture into eye-popping, 3D geometry.
Making a 3D Dodecahedron, In January's video tutioral, Gary Bouton shows you how to use Xara’s Live Effects and other tools together to shape light and texture into eye-popping, 3D geometry., Gary Bouton
Gary Priester takes you through his steps in creating this illustration of grapes on the vine, using Xara Designer Pro 7.
Wine Grapes, Gary Priester takes you through his steps in creating this illustration of grapes on the vine, using Xara Designer Pro 7., Gary Priester
Follow Gary Priester as he creates an illustration of a box of French Fries using Xara Designer Pro 7.
A box of tasty French Fries, Follow Gary Priester as he creates an illustration of a box of French Fries using Xara Designer Pro 7., Gary Priester
This vector illustration of a rubber ducky was created using the Xara Designer Pro 7 drawing tools. Follow Gary Priester's tutorial to find out how it was done.
A Low Tech Rubber Ducky, This vector illustration of a rubber ducky was created using the Xara Designer Pro 7 drawing tools. Follow Gary Priester's tutorial to find out how it was done. , Gary Priester
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Ellipse tool and other features in Xara Designer Pro 6 to create an automobile dashboard compass.
An Automobile Compass, In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Ellipse tool and other features in Xara Designer Pro 6 to create an automobile dashboard compass. , Gary Priester
Using the 3D Extrude tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 Gary Priester shows you how to create this vector illustration of a parlor fan.
An Electric Parlor Fan, Using the 3D Extrude tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 Gary Priester shows you how to create this vector illustration of a parlor fan. , Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Priester uses his timely imagination and the 3D Extrude tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 to create this illustration of a World Time Clock.
World Time Clock, In this tutorial Gary Priester uses his timely imagination and the 3D Extrude tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 to create this illustration of a World Time Clock. , Gary Priester
This basic vector image of a soccer ball, unlike a bitmap image, can be scaled up and down. Gary Priester shows you how using the features in Xara Designer Pro 6.
A (Mostly) Vector Soccer Ball, This basic vector image of a soccer ball, unlike a bitmap image, can be scaled up and down. Gary Priester shows you how using the features in Xara Designer Pro 6., Gary Priester
This is the second half of Gary Priester's Wall Clock tutorial. He uses the Rectangle and Curvature tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 to start this vector illustration.
A Seth Thomas No.2 Regulator Wall Clock, This is the second half of Gary Priester's Wall Clock tutorial. He uses the Rectangle and Curvature tool in Xara Designer Pro 6 to start this vector illustration.
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Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create this vector illustration of A Seth Thomas No.2 Regulator Wall Clock using Xara Designer Pro 6 (Part I of 2).
A Seth Thomas No.2 Regulator Wall Clock, Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create this vector illustration of A Seth Thomas No.2 Regulator Wall Clock using Xara Designer Pro 6 (Part I of 2)., Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to use the Shape Editor Tool in Xara Xtreme 5 to create a Zippy Little Sansa MP3 Player.
A Zippy Little Sansa MP3 Player, In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to use the Shape Editor Tool in Xara Xtreme 5 to create a Zippy Little Sansa MP3 Player., Gary Priester
Gary Priester shows you how to use the Mould and Extrude tool in Xara Xtreme 5 to create this puzzling Rubik's Cube. Follow his step by step tutorial.
The Puzzle Solved - A Rubik's Cube, Gary Priester shows you how to use the Mould and Extrude tool in Xara Xtreme 5 to create this puzzling Rubik's Cube. Follow his step by step tutorial. , Gary Priester
It's the mystery of outer space! Gary Priester shows you how to use the Shape and Color Editor tools in Xtreme Pro 5 to create your own Space Oddity.
A Strange Apparition in Outer Space, It's the mystery of outer space! Gary Priester shows you how to use the Shape and Color Editor tools in Xtreme Pro 5 to create your own Space Oddity., Gary Priester
Follow Gary through this tutorial on how to create this frosty holiday window using the Xara On Line Snow Lens Effect. All done in Xara Xtreme Pro 5.
A Frosty Glass Window Pane, Follow Gary through this tutorial on how to create this frosty holiday window using the Xara On Line Snow Lens Effect. All done in Xara Xtreme Pro 5., Gary Priester
Gary Priester shows you how to capture some special electrifying magic! All done in Xara Xtreme Pro 5.
Lightning Over the Mesas, Gary Priester shows you how to capture some special electrifying magic! All done in Xara Xtreme Pro 5. , Gary Priester
Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create a wine bottle with a magical reflection of a nearby scene. All created in Xara Xtreme Pro 5.
Creating A Red Burgundian Wine Bottle, Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create a wine bottle with a magical reflection of a nearby scene. All created in Xara Xtreme Pro 5., Gary Priester

In this tutorial by Gary Priester you learn how to create stereograms with a hidden 3D image. Created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0.
Creating a Hidden Image, Mapped Texture and Floating Image Stereogram,
In this tutorial by Gary Priester you learn how to create stereograms with a hidden 3D image. Created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0., Gary Priester
Microsoft is currently beta testing the successor to Windows Vista and Windows XP called Windows 7. In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how he designed his idea of a new logo for Windows 7 with Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0.
What will the new Windows 7 logo look like? Like this perhaps?, Microsoft is currently beta testing the successor to Windows Vista and Windows XP called Windows 7. In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how he designed his idea of a new logo for Windows 7 with Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0.
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Find out how Gary Priester added a little polish to the Macintosh Apple logo. Created with Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0.
Reinventing The Apple, Find out how Gary Priester added a little polish to the Macintosh Apple logo. Created with Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0., Gary Priester
In this tutorial, Gary Priester shows you how to create a Mapped Texture Stereogram. This 2D image is created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0.
A Mapped Texture Stereogram, In this tutorial, Gary Priester shows you how to create a Mapped Texture Stereogram. This 2D image is created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 & Pro 4.0., Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to create a stereogram of a Japanese teapot, the kind you might find in a Japanese tea house. Created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 and Pro 4.0.
A Cast Iron Hobnail Teapot, In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to create a stereogram of a Japanese teapot, the kind you might find in a Japanese tea house. Created in Xara Xtreme 4.0 and Pro 4.0. , Gary Priester
Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create a floating 3D cube in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A 3D Maze, Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how to create a floating 3D cube in Xara Xtreme Pro 3., Gary Priester
Follow how Gary Priester creates an illustration of a festive holiday ornament using the drawing tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Festive Holiday Ornament, Follow how Gary Priester creates an illustration of a festive holiday ornament using the drawing tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to create a firing neurone under magnification using Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Microscopic Working Neurone, In this tutorial Gary Priester shows you how to create a firing neurone under magnification using Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
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In this month's tutorial Gary Priester shows you how he created this drawing of a vampire bat using the tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Halloween Vampire Bat, In this month's tutorial Gary Priester shows you how he created this drawing of a vampire bat using the tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester
Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how he created this drawing of a weed in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Weed Of The Southwest, Follow Gary Priester as he shows you how he created this drawing of a weed in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
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Now that Xara Xtreme and Xtreme Pro 3.2 have Flash Animation capabilities Gary Priester has made this tutorial on how to create a complex Flash animation.
A Flashy Flash Animation Tutorial, Now that Xara Xtreme and Xtreme Pro 3.2 have Flash Animation capabilities Gary Priester has made this tutorial on how to create a complex Flash animation.
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Follow Gary Priester as he creates this illustration of a blue bowl with tomatoes using Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
Red Ripe Tomatoes In A Blue Bowl, Follow Gary Priester as he creates this illustration of a blue bowl with tomatoes using Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester
In this tutorial Gary Priester was inspired by Penny O'Rorke's beautiful image in the May 2007 Featured Artist Gallery to create this illustration of a magnifying glass using Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
Brass And Glass - A Magnifying Glass, In this tutorial Gary Priester was inspired by Penny O'Rorke's beautiful image in the May 2007 Featured Artist Gallery to create this illustration of a magnifying glass using Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
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Gary Priester shows you how easy it is to create this illustration of a glass and chrome pin using tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Simple Glass And Chrome Pushpin, Gary Priester shows you how easy it is to create this illustration of a glass and chrome pin using tools in Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester
Follow Gary Priester through this tutorial to create the perfect sunset on a snowy hillside. Created in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Magical Pink Sunset On A Snowy Hillside, Follow Gary Priester through this tutorial to create the perfect sunset on a snowy hillside. Created in Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester
New year! New look! New tutorial! This month, Gary's short tutorial has a pretty cool result. It is festive, falling metallic confetti in clear liquid in glass tubes. Created in Xara Xtreme Pro 3.
A Jolly Gel Filled New Year's Greeting, New year! New look! New tutorial! This month, Gary's short tutorial has a pretty cool result. It is festive, falling metallic confetti in clear liquid in glass tubes. Created in Xara Xtreme Pro 3. , Gary Priester