Introducing Xara Designer Pro X10
Want some new toys in your favorite drawing program? Well, first of all Xara Designer Pro 10 has arrived and it’s available at Xara’s Products page, and not at Macy’s or Selfridges. Which doesn’t tell you about the goodies in the box, but Mr. Gary Priester will in his review this month of the outstanding upgrade. Come see all the new filters, new page transitions for websites, Smart Shapes, and much, much more! Read more…
Photo & Graphic Designer turns 10!
And how mature Photo & Graphic Designer 10 (PGD10) has become! Loaded with new image editing features such as Enhance Photo Colors…a stride past the previous color tools, new Smart Shapes that give you dozens of variations on preset shapes just by dragging on a control point, and Font Awesome, a font palette of symbols you place in-line with text, and the symbol remains as editable text on the web. PGD10 is loaded with too much stuff to explain here…read Gary Priester’s First Looks article. Read more…
If you thought “3D” in Xara meant typing some text and angling it, you’ll be happy to be shown you’re wrong this month. Gary takes you the steps to building an entire scene that looks like a diorama, combining arcing 3D text with 2D shapes. And how about extruding text that’s been through the Mould tool first? It’s a classic movie and comic book look! Then you’ll see how to make accordion-style text that looks 3D, but not in the way an extrude does. This is stuff that’s simple to do, but you might not have thought about it. Read more…
They’re a real steal. Mostly because they’re free; 12 (that’s one dozen) seamless tiling textures Gary created for the Giveaway this month, after realizing that 12 equals a dozen. Also a bonus mini-tutorial on making a textured sphere. Scarf ‘em up, and let’s see what you can do with them on the Xara Xone thread at TalkGraphics! Read more…
The next best thing to a cool refreshing drink this season is a tutorial on how to draw ice cubes. Yeah. Right. Seriously, Gary Bouton will 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 it. Read more…
Some people use the Extrude tool to make Art. Others use the drawing tools in Xara to make art.
Why not use the two together? This month, Gary Bouton takes you through a detailed exploration of what it takes to draw a molecule, specifically a simple water molecule, like the pros do with modeling programs. Except we’re going to do a spectacular illustration right inside our favorite program that will put a lot of techno-scientific-ultra-cranial types’ work to shame! Read more….
This month’s Giveaway is absolutely stratospheric. In fact, you’ll be in 7th Heaven with 7 high resolution PNG images with transparency of all sort of clouds. As bitmaps, you can brighten them, make the more transparent, use the Contone feature on the Color Editor to make alien clouds, or just use them as is to complete an outdoor scene. Mix and match, too! Read more….
In the second of Xara Xone’s Featured Artists for 2014, we were fortunate enough to find a treasure trove of Xara artwork by Maya Doka, TalkGraphics member and an extraordinarily gifted artist in many types of media.
Step inside and take a look at a gallery that has themes but is at the same time diverse in subject material, and a beauty to behold. We also had a little time to ask Maya questions concerning her art, her motivations, preferences, and advice for newcomers to Xara Designer. Get a delightful earful and eyeful right here.
This month kicks off a new category of content on The Xara Xone. Gary Bouton has written and essay on a topic of interest and sometimes confusion among the graphics community: What the heck (or other epithet) is this “resolution” stuff?!
Gary guides you through what a pixel is and isn’t, the difference between a unit and a ratio, the difference between a pixel and a dot, and how to get the best bitmap image possible out of Xara Designer.
It’s not a tutorial. It’s the stuff that should be right up front the day you walk in the door of computer Graphics.
But wasn’t. Read it now!
Brace yourself for not just a dozen seamless tiling textures Gary has designed for May. This time 1.) They’re all unearthly—none of this wood and marble stuff. You’ll find them utilitarian for page borders and fills, but also… 2.) Gary has set the Wayback Machine to January 2012’s Tutorial on how to texture a blank 3D object. And this time, Gary has 6 planar 3D shapes you can dress up with this month’s textures, or any texture you like. Definitely read on for the instructions…
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 a Responsive Website, 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! Read all about it now.
Gary’s Textutorial shows you how to take any of the textures (the ones of wood work particularly well) and turn them into three dimensional objects. It’s always great to get something for free, but even better when someone tells you whay your gift is good for! They’re texturrific! Learn how…