Welcome to a gold mine of Xara tutorials created by Xara, Magix and two brilliant former Xone hosts Gary Priester and Gary Bouton, plus many other guest authors from the Xara community. You’ll also find a huge collection of Featured Art and Free Stuff gathered by the two Garys over the last decade.
How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro v10 & later (updated August 2016)
Shadows and Highlights, How to use the Shadow & Highlight controls in the Photo tool of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro v10 & later (updated August 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
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
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
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
Our pick of recent images created with Xara software, from the Xara Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics.
Art Mix 16, Our pick of recent images created with Xara software, from the Xara Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics., Jose Campoy, Mark Beckemeyer, Andrew Wrigley, Graham Ward, Peter Windmill, Frances Proctor
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
Maxim is based in Switzerland and digital art is his hobby. The illustrations here are just a small selection of his vector work, created with Xara Photo & Graphic Designer.
Maxim Lysak, Maxim is based in Switzerland and digital art is his hobby. The illustrations here are just a small selection of his vector work, created with Xara Photo & Graphic Designer., Maxim Lysak
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
This month we've picked images from TalkGraphics and Deviant Art from three well known designers using Xara software.
Art Mix 15, This month we've picked images from TalkGraphics and Deviant Art from three well known designers using Xara software., Derek Cooper, A Wrigley, Vjekoslav Ranec
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). New in all v11 titles.
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). New in all v11 titles., 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
Xara Online Designer is an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of your website created with Web Designer or Designer Pro 11 via a web browser on any computer or tablet, even a Mac or Android tablet!
Xara Online Designer, Xara Online Designer is an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of your website created with Web Designer or Designer Pro 11 via a web browser on any computer or tablet, even a Mac or Android tablet!, 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 11 Premium or Xara Designer Pro 11.
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 11 Premium or Xara Designer Pro 11., Xara Group
Learn how to embed objects within text using Xara Page & Layout Designer 11, Web Designer 11 Premium or Xara Designer Pro 11.
Embedding Graphics in text, Learn how to embed objects within text using Xara Page & Layout Designer 11, Web Designer 11 Premium or Xara Designer Pro 11. , 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
Learn how to highlight text in our Designer v11 software.
Highlighting Text, Learn how to highlight text in our Designer v11 software., Xara Group
Discover how to use the powerful hyphenation feature in Xara Page & Layout and Designer Pro v11.
Hyphenation, Discover how to use the powerful hyphenation feature in Xara Page & Layout and Designer Pro v11., Xara Group
This month we feature the work of Maksimilijan Gečević from Croatia, a newcomer to Inspirational Art.
Maksimilijan Gečević, This month we feature the work of Maksimilijan Gečević from Croatia, a newcomer to Inspirational Art., Maksimilijan Gečević
For a change this month I have selected work from portfolios on Behance that include some great examples of illustrations created with Photo & Graphic Designer and / or Designer Pro. But it isn’t all change - I couldn’t resist including another great car image!
Art Mix 14, For a change this month I have selected work from portfolios on Behance that include some great examples of illustrations created with Photo & Graphic Designer and / or Designer Pro. But it isn’t all change - I couldn’t resist including another great car image!, Ruslan Aliev, Mircea Dragoi, Estince Voi
This month we have chosen 3 designers whose work we haven't shown before in Inspirational Art, selected from recent posts in the Xara Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics.
Art Mix 13, This month we have chosen 3 designers whose work we haven't shown before in Inspirational Art, selected from recent posts in the Xara Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics., Peter Windmill, Mark Beckemeyer, Ronald Weed
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 11 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 11 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 11 Premium or Designer Pro 11.
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 11 Premium or Designer Pro 11. , Xara Group
As promised last month, a second selection of images from the last few months in the Xara Art Gallery forum at TalkGraphics.
Art Mix 12, As promised last month, a second selection of images from the last few months in the Xara Art Gallery forum at TalkGraphics., Jay McLennan, Gary Priester, Igor Vojtela
Allow others to edit your v11 documents - even at the same time - with a step-by-step description of how to share files and folders with your clients or colleagues using the main cloud drive providers, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
Collaborative Online Editing with Xara Online Designer, Allow others to edit your v11 documents - even at the same time - with a step-by-step description of how to share files and folders with your clients or colleagues using the main cloud drive providers, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive., Xara Group
Our choice of images from the last few months in the Xara Art Gallery forum at TalkGraphics. So many to choose from I think we'll have to have a Part 2!
Art Mix 11, Our choice of images from the last few months in the Xara Art Gallery forum at TalkGraphics. So many to choose from I think we'll have to have a Part 2!, Graham Ward, Derek Cooper, Paul Saumure
Discover how to use Xara Online Designer to update and republish your own website (created in Web Designer or Designer Pro 11) online in a web browser - from any device and anywhere!
An Introduction to Xara Online Designer, Discover how to use Xara Online Designer to update and republish your own website (created in Web Designer or Designer Pro 11) online in a web browser - from any device and anywhere!, Xara Group
Knockout Venetian: a Bold Boutype Free Font, , Gary Bouton
Baker's Dozen of Bouton Textures, , Gary Bouton
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 Bouton's Dimensional Drop Caps, , Gary Bouton
Gary Bouton's Fresh Textures, , Gary Bouton
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
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
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
Our pick of images created with Xara software, from TalkGraphics and elsewhere.
Art Mix 10, Our pick of images created with Xara software, from TalkGraphics and elsewhere., Tomáš Kopecký, Ron Duke, Valery Kouleshov
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
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
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
How To Use Bump Maps To Make Cool Artwork Like This, , Gary Bouton
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
Our choice of images from TalkGraphics and the Xara Art Gallery.
Art Mix 9, Our choice of images from TalkGraphics and the Xara Art Gallery., Bill Dale, A Wrigley, Anjna Masters
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
Our choice of images from Xara Xone Featured Artists and posts on TalkGraphics, including a first appearance in Inspirational Art for Rafal Danhoffer.
Art Mix 8, Our choice of images from Xara Xone Featured Artists and posts on TalkGraphics, including a first appearance in Inspirational Art for Rafal Danhoffer., Rafał Danhoffer, Graham Ward, Luca Pennisi, Paul Saumure
Nouveau Gothic Rounded Outlined Font, , Gary Bouton
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
How to transform poor photos into great ones using a selection of the Photo Tools in Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro.
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., Xara Group
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
Bouton's 25 Free Seamless Tiling Textures, , 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
We couldn't resist returning to the ever popular theme of cars & motorbikes!
Cars & Bikes, We couldn't resist returning to the ever popular theme of cars & motorbikes! , Evgeny Rogachev, A Wrigley, Javier Vila, Ron Duke
Discover the improved Color Select & Enhance options in the Photo Tool of Photo & Graphic Designer 10 and Designer Pro 10.
Photo Editing Guide Part 4 (Color Select), Discover the improved Color Select & Enhance options in the Photo Tool of Photo & Graphic Designer 10 and Designer Pro 10., Xara Group
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
Four different designers do their best to help put you in the Christmas mood, and hopefully bring a smile to your face.
It's got to be Christmas!, Four different designers do their best to help put you in the Christmas mood, and hopefully bring a smile to your face., Denis Sazhin, David Cockburn, Gary Priester, Rik Datta
5 vector shapes to play with, created by Igor Vojtela to accompany his popular Playing with Shapes & Colors thread on TalkGraphics.
Igor's Propellers - 5 Free Geometric Wonders, 5 vector shapes to play with, created by Igor Vojtela to accompany his popular Playing with Shapes & Colors thread on TalkGraphics., Igor Vojtela
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
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
This month we feature the work of David Cockburn, another newcomer to Inspirational Art.
David Cockburn, This month we feature the work of David Cockburn, another newcomer to Inspirational Art., David Cockburn
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
Frances Proctor's Seamless Tiling Stone Textures, , Frances Proctor
Christine Farrelly's Seamless Pattern Collection, , Christine Farrelly
This month we feature the work of Estince Voi from Vietnam, a newcomer to Inspirational Art.
Estince Voi, This month we feature the work of Estince Voi from Vietnam, a newcomer to Inspirational Art., Estince Voi
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
Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Xara artists elsewhere. And just like last month we feature two artists who are new to Inspirational Art: Anjna Masters and Mircea Dragoi.
Art Mix 7, Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Xara artists elsewhere. And just like last month we feature two artists who are new to Inspirational Art: Anjna Masters and Mircea Dragoi., Mircea Dragoi, Anjna Masters
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
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
Simulata Typeface in TTF and OTF, , 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
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
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
This month we feature the work of two newcomers to Inspirational Art, Michael Tumey and Tomáš Kopecký.
Art Mix 6, This month we feature the work of two newcomers to Inspirational Art, Michael Tumey and Tomáš Kopecký., Michael Tumey, Tomáš Kopecký
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
Twelve Mixed Theme Textures & Make a Sphere Tutorial, , Gary Bouton
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 Forecast is for lots and lots of Clouds!, , 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
Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone.
Art Mix 5, Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone., Mohamed Elhlaly, Denis Sazhin, Igor Vojtela
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
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
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
Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone.
Art Mix 4, Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone. , Zeb, Evgeny Rogachev, Mike Emerson, Maya Doka
Twelve Textures and One Creative Way to Use Them, , Gary Bouton
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
What are Smart Shapes? SmartShapes are new in V10 and 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, What are Smart Shapes? SmartShapes are new in V10 and 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
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
Using These Free Textures in a Novel Way, , Gary Bouton
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
Maya Doka, , Maya Doka
If you're looking for a quick way to add some realistic smoke or steam to your image, Gary Bouton comes to the rescue!
Eight Wisps of Smoke and Steam, If you're looking for a quick way to add some realistic smoke or steam to your image, Gary Bouton comes to the rescue!, 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
Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone.
Art Mix 3, Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone., Derek Cooper, A Wrigley, Gary Priester, Fred van der Zee
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
Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone.
Art Mix 2, Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone., Graham Ward, Jay McLennan, Paul Saumure, Valery Kouleshov
Framed Again! Five Vector Frames, , Gary Bouton
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
14 Textures for 2014, , 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
We're taking a break from themes - this month we've simply picked our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone.
Art Mix 1, We're taking a break from themes - this month we've simply picked our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone., Derek Cooper, Vjekoslav Ranec, Derek Donnelly, Ron Duke
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
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
Our pick of images on a Father Christmas theme from five different Xara designers.
Father Christmas, Our pick of images on a Father Christmas theme from five different Xara designers., Denis Sazhin, Bob Hahn, Paul Söderholm, Rik Datta, Davey Montooth
The Dodecagon 2014 Calendar Blueprints, , Rik Datta
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
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
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
Our pick of images on a Christmas card theme from six different Xara designers.
Something Seasonal, Our pick of images on a Christmas card theme from six different Xara designers., Peter McWhinnie, Nancy Griffin, Gary Priester, Paul Saumure, Valery Kouleshov, Frederick Coote
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
Snowflake Maker Template, , Frances Proctor
Gary has used part of his wits and most of his mind creating almost perfect gear illustrations based on a wrist watch that fell into his sink’s garbage disposal.
A Dozen Vector Gears, Gary has used part of his wits and most of his mind creating almost perfect gear illustrations based on a wrist watch that fell into his sink’s garbage disposal., Gary Bouton
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
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
Our pick of images on a theme of cars and planes.
Cars & Planes, Our pick of images on a theme of cars and planes., Mohamed Elhlaly, Ron Duke, Graham Ward, Leo Gonçalves, Tim Seward, Paul Söderholm, Gary Priester
Our pick of images based loosely on a theme of animals.
Animals, Our pick of images based loosely on a theme of animals., Nancy Griffin, Derek Donnelly, A Wrigley, Derek Cooper, Gary Priester
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
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
The Dirty Dozen Seamless Textures, , 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
Gold and Silver Trinket Brushes, , 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
A selection of recent highlights from the Xara Art Gallery on TalkGraphics.
A selection from TalkGraphics, A selection of recent highlights from the Xara Art Gallery on TalkGraphics., Vjekoslav Ranec, Rik Datta, Derek Cooper, Graham Ward, Fedor Erofeev, Denis Sazhin, Ron Duke
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
Victorian Frames, , Gary Bouton
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
Gorgeous Seamless Marble Textures, , Frances Proctor
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
YouTube One Channel Theme Template, , Frances Proctor
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
Ron Duke, , Ron Duke
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
12 Web Page and Pasteboard Layer Backgrounds, , 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
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
Bouton's Spring Seamless Textures, , 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 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
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
Part 2 of our Eating & Drinking theme.
Eating & Drinking, Part 2 of our Eating & Drinking theme., Penny O'Rorke, Robert Taylor, Javier Vila, Paul Saumure, Jay McLennan, Rik Datta
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
A theme to make you hungry! We've picked a selection of images from three well known Xara designers for part 1 of our Eating & Drinking theme.
Eating & Drinking, A theme to make you hungry! We've picked a selection of images from three well known Xara designers for part 1 of our Eating & Drinking theme., Luca Pennisi, Gary Priester, Derek Cooper
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
Bouton Icons!, , 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
Icons are an art form all of their own, the challenge being to fit into a very small space the necessary detail to make your icons both clear and characterful. Here are two Xara designers showing you how they do it.
Christmas Icons, Icons are an art form all of their own, the challenge being to fit into a very small space the necessary detail to make your icons both clear and characterful. Here are two Xara designers showing you how they do it., Davy Montooth, Denis Sazhin
A great selection of art from 7 different artists to help you get into the seasonal spirit.
Christmas, A great selection of art from 7 different artists to help you get into the seasonal spirit. , Miguel Boto, Rik Datta, Paul Saumure, Zeb, Bob Hahn, Paul Söderholm, Marcia Broekarts
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
12 For 12 – Free Tiling Textures for December, , Gary Bouton
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
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
Gift wrapping with Xara, , Frances Proctor
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
Part 2 of our Inspirational Art on a theme of 'people' showcasing the work of 5 more Xara artists, with 5 more very different subjects and styles.
People 2, Part 2 of our Inspirational Art on a theme of 'people' showcasing the work of 5 more Xara artists, with 5 more very different subjects and styles., Fred van der Zee, Dmitry Malutin, Newton Florentino, Derek Cooper, Simone Pampado
This month we start a two parter loosely on a theme of 'people' starting with the work of 5 accomplished Xara artists.
People 1, This month we start a two parter loosely on a theme of 'people' starting with the work of 5 accomplished Xara artists., Mohamed Elhlaly, Valery Kouleshov, Gordon MacFarlene, Jay McLennan, Dave Cowles
Frances’ Fun French Curves Fiesta, , Frances Proctor
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
As promised, part 2 of Inspirational Art on a theme of Planes & Helicopters.
Planes and Helicopters 2, As promised, part 2 of Inspirational Art on a theme of Planes & Helicopters., Graham Ward, Bill Dale, Mohamed Elhlaly
Named Color T-shirt Drawing, , Gary Bouton
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
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
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
Dark Backgrounds, , Gary Bouton
A selection of work on a theme that always seem to inspire the best in Xara artists. Part 1 of Flight.
Planes & Helicopters 1, A selection of work on a theme that always seem to inspire the best in Xara artists. Part 1 of Flight.
, A Wrigley, Vjekoslav Ranec, Bill Dale
Xara Template for Making Facebook Timeline Covers, , Frances Proctor
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
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
There's no escaping sport at the moment! Racing cars, boats & bikes, ice hockey, golf ... Xara artists have captured the moment.
Sports, There's no escaping sport at the moment! Racing cars, boats & bikes, ice hockey, golf ... Xara artists have captured the moment.
, Graham Ward, A Wrigley, Bill Dale, William Clegg, Derek Donnelly
We couldn't resist it any longer! Here's another collection of the most popular theme for Xara artists, CARS!
Cars, We couldn't resist it any longer! Here's another collection of the most popular theme for Xara artists, CARS!, Ron Duke, Graham Ward, Mohamed Elhlaly, Zeb, Evgeny Rogachev, Paul Saumure, A Wrigley
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
Seamless Tiling Textures Pack Created by TalkGraphics Members, , Christine Farrelly, AntsPants, MWenz, Angelize, Stygg2003, Iamtheblues, xtom-blue
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
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
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 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
Javier Vila, , Javier Vila
Moshe Kidron’s 12 Column Web Page Template, , Moshe Kidron
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
We showcase the work of six talented Xara artists, including three that are new to Inspirational Art. The theme is flowers, but each offers their own unique and very different style.
Flowers, We showcase the work of six talented Xara artists, including three that are new to Inspirational Art. The theme is flowers, but each offers their own unique and very different style., Alan Horwell, Penny O'Rourke, Frances Proctor, Derek Cooper
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 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
Bouton's Color Swatches, , 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
Free Font and Textures, , Gary Bouton
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
Many illustrators feel challenged to try and reproduce the look and feel of glass. Here we pick our choice of glass themed images from Xara designers.
Glass, Many illustrators feel challenged to try and reproduce the look and feel of glass. Here we pick our choice of glass themed images from Xara designers.
, Michele Mowat, Derek Cooper, Luca Pennisi, Gary Priester
Derek Cooper, , Derek Cooper
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
Frankfurter Venetian Font, , Gary Bouton
Mohamed Elhlaly, , Mohamed Elhlaly
Gary Priester, , Gary Priester
A selection of images from Gary Priester to mark his retirement from the Xara Xone, including many images not previously seen on the Xone or TalkGraphics.
Gary Priester, A selection of images from Gary Priester to mark his retirement from the Xara Xone, including many images not previously seen on the Xone or TalkGraphics., Gary Priester
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
Christmas images from six different designers using Xara software, from cartoons to cards with the added decoration of a seasonal stereogram.
Christmas, Christmas images from six different designers using Xara software, from cartoons to cards with the added decoration of a seasonal stereogram.,
Strange but rather wonderful glass spheres from 4 different Xara artists.
Spherical Things, Strange but rather wonderful glass spheres from 4 different Xara artists.
, Paul Söderholm, Christian Mueller, Javier Vila, Derek Cooper
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
Some classic photo realistic images from 3 top Xara artists on a theme that seems to be irresistible to illustrators: Watches.
Watches, Some classic photo realistic images from 3 top Xara artists on a theme that seems to be irresistible to illustrators: Watches., Simone Pampado, Evgeny Rogachev, Javier Vila
This month we feature the work of six different Xara artists who have been inspired on a musical theme.
Musical Instruments, This month we feature the work of six different Xara artists who have been inspired on a musical theme., Paul Saumure, Mohamed Elhlaly, Steve Johnson, Gary Bouton, Ron Duke, Derek Donnelly
Design and Illustration, , Paul Saumure
People & Portraits. Always a popular subject among Xara artists, so here's some great examples from 4 different artists to inspire you.
People, People & Portraits. Always a popular subject among Xara artists, so here's some great examples from 4 different artists to inspire you., Derek Cooper, Simone Pampado, Valery Kouleshov, Newton Florentino
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
Illustration and Design, , Rik Datta
It's spring (at least for those of us in the North) so it seems like a good time to return to one of the most popular themes among Xara artists; flowers. We have some great examples from both familiar names and new ones.
Flowers, It's spring (at least for those of us in the North) so it seems like a good time to return to one of the most popular themes among Xara artists; flowers. We have some great examples from both familiar names and new ones., Tim Seward, Alessandro Acqualanga, Rian Mosely, Derek Cooper, Luca Pennisi
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
Part 2 of our cartoon art feature introduces 4 more talented designers who use Xara software to create their images.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues.
Cartoons, Part 2 of our cartoon art feature introduces 4 more talented designers who use Xara software to create their images.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues., Jay McLennan, Ashraf Kamel, Leo Goncalves, Petr Jansa, Derek Cooper
Three funny guys, , Zeb, Dave Cockburn, Paul Söderholm
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
Vjekoslav Ranec, , Vjekoslav Ranec
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
Xara software is a popular choice for cartoonists and this month we feature the work of 4 talented designers who are getting the most from it.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues.
Cartoons, Xara software is a popular choice for cartoonists and this month we feature the work of 4 talented designers who are getting the most from it.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues., Zeb, Bob Hahn, Derek Donnelly,Paul Söderholm
Here's a topic that inspires the masters of photo realistic art. And no, none of these images are photos!

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues.
Cameras, Here's a topic that inspires the masters of photo realistic art. And no, none of these images are photos!

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues., Trevor Shaw, Simone Pampado, Mohamed Elhlaly, Evgeny Rogachev
The 2010 Featured Artists Holiday Group Show, ,
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
The Best from the Featured Artists Gallery 2000 - 2010, ,
This is part 2 on a theme of 'flight' and we have some more inspiring examples from the master of plane art Graham Ward, Bill Dale and Outsider newcomer Mike Emerson.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues.
Flight, This is part 2 on a theme of 'flight' and we have some more inspiring examples from the master of plane art Graham Ward, Bill Dale and Outsider newcomer Mike Emerson.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues., Graham Ward, Mike Emerson, Bill Dale
This month our theme is 'flight' and we have some truly great art created with Xara. What's more we're showing the work of two new artists whose work we've never shown in the Outsider. This style of graphic is perfect for Xara because it's part art, part technical illustration.
Flight, This month our theme is 'flight' and we have some truly great art created with Xara. What's more we're showing the work of two new artists whose work we've never shown in the Outsider. This style of graphic is perfect for Xara because it's part art, part technical illustration., Bill Dale, Vjekoslav Ranec
The Cartoon Show, ,
This month we were planning a showcase with an animals theme, but we never got past this marvellous set of images from Luca Pennisi (Lupen on TalkGraphics). Apologies to the many other talented artists who have created inspirational art featuring animals, we will just have to return to the subject in future Outsiders!
Animals, This month we were planning a showcase with an animals theme, but we never got past this marvellous set of images from Luca Pennisi (Lupen on TalkGraphics). Apologies to the many other talented artists who have created inspirational art featuring animals, we will just have to return to the subject in future Outsiders!, Luca Pennisi
Flowers seem to be a very popular subject matter for Xara artists, so we're featuring a selection of work from different designers to highlight the variety of talent and styles.
Flowers, Flowers seem to be a very popular subject matter for Xara artists, so we're featuring a selection of work from different designers to highlight the variety of talent and styles., Mohamed Elhlaly, Tim Seward, Nancy Griffin, Stygg2003, Gary Priester, Desislava Vanchev
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.
, Gary Priester
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
Derek Cooper, , Derek Cooper
Following on nicely from our drinks theme last month, how about something to eat, as visualized by two of the top Xara artists, 'Masque' and 'Lupen' from TalkGraphics.
Food, Following on nicely from our drinks theme last month, how about something to eat, as visualized by two of the top Xara artists, 'Masque' and 'Lupen' from TalkGraphics., Luca Pennisi, Derek Cooper
Simone Pampado, , Simone Pampado
Something to drink? Five different artists offer six different answers, demonstrating yet again the sheer depth and variety of talent among Xara artists.
Something To Drink, Something to drink? Five different artists offer six different answers, demonstrating yet again the sheer depth and variety of talent among Xara artists., Derek Cooper, Valery Kouleshov, Newton Florentino, Mohamed Elhlaly, Luca Pennisi
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
Evgeny Rogachev, , Evgeny Rogachev
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
After last month's painterly, water-inspired theme, we jump to a very different sort of art, with some jaw dropping, photo-realistic drawings. Heaven for Gadget Lovers.
Gadgets, After last month's painterly, water-inspired theme, we jump to a very different sort of art, with some jaw dropping, photo-realistic drawings. Heaven for Gadget Lovers., Mohamed Elhlaly, Evgeny Rogachev
Luca Pennisi, , Luca Pennisi
After last month's parade of photo realistic motorbikes, we turn our attention to the more gentle inspiration that 4 Xara artists have found in water...
Water Settings, After last month's parade of photo realistic motorbikes, we turn our attention to the more gentle inspiration that 4 Xara artists have found in water..., Tim Seward, Roger Cotgreave, Valery Kouleshov, John Logovend
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
You've seen the cars, now it's the turn of the bikes!
Bikes, You've seen the cars, now it's the turn of the bikes! , John Logon, Graham Ward, Detlev Birkholz, Raymond Breakspear
The latest commercial work from Miroslav Hristov
Commercial Designs, The latest commercial work from Miroslav Hristov, Miroslav Hristov
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
Black Panther, , Mohamed Elhlaly
Here are a selection of images that are out of this world!
Space, Here are a selection of images that are out of this world!, Denis Sazhin, Simone Pampado, Paul Söderholm, Emanuel Brito, Derek Cooper, Risto Klint
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
An assortment of landscapes.
Landscapes, An assortment of landscapes., Tim Seward, Nancy Griffin, Roger Cotgreave
Portraits are a popular choice among Xara artists and this selection proves, if proof is still needed, that there are as many ways to use Xtreme as there are Xtreme owners
Portraits, Portraits are a popular choice among Xara artists and this selection proves, if proof is still needed, that there are as many ways to use Xtreme as there are Xtreme owners, James Logovend , Tao Jones, Newton Florentino, Bob Hahn, Raymond Breakspear, Risto Klint
Nancy Griffin, , Nancy Griffin
The car art created by artists using Xara Xtreme is justly famous, to the extent that it has become something of a yardstick for lesser drawing programs.
Cars, The car art created by artists using Xara Xtreme is justly famous, to the extent that it has become something of a yardstick for lesser drawing programs., Leo Goncalves, A Wrigley, Mohamed Elhlaly, Sandor Beres, Javier Vila
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
Anjna Master, , Anjna Master
We like to bring you a variety of styles in Inspirational Art and it always surprises us how easy that is.
Birds, We like to bring you a variety of styles in Inspirational Art and it always surprises us how easy that is. , Vladimyr Savvateew, Nancy Griffin, Newton Florentine
Javier Vila, , Javier Vila

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
A great display of imagination and skill shown in these images of fish.
Fish, A great display of imagination and skill shown in these images of fish. , Newton Florentine, Tao Jones, Nancy Griffin, Derek Cooper, Risto Klint
This month we’re showcasing some great examples of work where the designer aims to create a painterly style using Xara Xtreme, for example the look of an oil painting or a watercolor.
Painterly Effects, This month we’re showcasing some great examples of work where the designer aims to create a painterly style using Xara Xtreme, for example the look of an oil painting or a watercolor., Raymond Breakspear, Tim Seward, Tao Jones, Vladimir Konstantinovic
Denis Sazhin, , Denis Sazhin
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.
, Gary Priester
Amongst Xara Xtreme owners there are several great icon designers.
Icons, Amongst Xara Xtreme owners there are several great icon designers., Denis Sazhin, Christian Mueller, Jeffrey Purser, Luka Pensa
Ron Duke, , Ron Duke
Regulars on TalkGraphics will know that Norman Spencer's irrepressible enthusiasm and imagination has been an inspiration to all other forum members over the last few years.
Norman Spencer, Regulars on TalkGraphics will know that Norman Spencer's irrepressible enthusiasm and imagination has been an inspiration to all other forum members over the last few years. , Norman Spencer
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
It's Christmas, so we don't need any excuse, but as it happens some of the Christmas card designs on display in TalkGraphics and the Xara Xone are fully worthy of Inspirational Art status at any time of year.
Christmas Cards, It's Christmas, so we don't need any excuse, but as it happens some of the Christmas card designs on display in TalkGraphics and the Xara Xone are fully worthy of Inspirational Art status at any time of year., Bob Hahn, Paul Söderholm, Gary Priester
A Two Person Show, , Leo Goncalves, Paul Söderholm
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
Another artists who is fanatic about detail. Alan Burns has lots of talent and huge patience.
Alan Burns, Another artists who is fanatic about detail. Alan Burns has lots of talent and huge patience. , Alan Burns
Some truly awesome car illustrations have been created with Xara Xtreme and they're always popular Inspirational Art features these are masterful car illustrations from Ron Duke.
Cars, Some truly awesome car illustrations have been created with Xara Xtreme and they're always popular Inspirational Art features these are masterful car illustrations from Ron Duke.
, Ron Duke
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
Take a look at these two superb lions. Two different artists and two very different styles, we hope you'll agree are equally inspirational in their own way.
Lions, Take a look at these two superb lions. Two different artists and two very different styles, we hope you'll agree are equally inspirational in their own way. , Newton Florentino, Valery Kouleshov
This month's Inspirational Art is guaranteed to make you hungry. We have a collection of images from two popular posters in the TalkGraphics Gallery on the theme of food.
Food, This month's Inspirational Art is guaranteed to make you hungry. We have a collection of images from two popular posters in the TalkGraphics Gallery on the theme of food., Derek Cooper, Steve Ledger
TalkGraphics regulars will have seen the work of Gray before, but this is the first time we have featured his awesome photo realistic work in the Outsider.
Graham Ward, TalkGraphics regulars will have seen the work of Gray before, but this is the first time we have featured his awesome photo realistic work in the Outsider. , Graham Ward
Bill Dale, , Bill Dale
This month we're featuring the first few images in a 'pulp fiction' series that's been running in the Xara Gallery at TalkGraphics, from forum poster MarkMyWords.
Markmywords, This month we're featuring the first few images in a 'pulp fiction' series that's been running in the Xara Gallery at TalkGraphics, from forum poster MarkMyWords. , Markmywords
Norman Spencer, , Norman Spencer
You may well have seen previous work from Miroslav Hristov in the Xara Gallery or in his posts on TalkGraphics.com (as Minimiro) but here's something new from Miroslav - a website created entirely in Xara Xtreme V4.
Miroslav Hristov, You may well have seen previous work from Miroslav Hristov in the Xara Gallery or in his posts on TalkGraphics.com (as Minimiro) but here's something new from Miroslav - a website created entirely in Xara Xtreme V4., Miroslav Hristov
Congratulations to Bob Hahn for winning the Ben Wicks Award (Ben Wicks was a London born cartoonist who made his name in Canada - the contest has run since 2001 in his honor), with his proposed illustrations for The Elementary Safety Book for Children.
Bob Hahn, Congratulations to Bob Hahn for winning the Ben Wicks Award (Ben Wicks was a London born cartoonist who made his name in Canada - the contest has run since 2001 in his honor), with his proposed illustrations for The Elementary Safety Book for Children. , Bob Hahn
Graham Ward, , Graham Ward
Many of you have been inspired and entertained in equal measure by the movies of Denis Sazhin. If you haven't seen them yet then you're missing a treat, so rush along now to YouTube for Happy Squirrel, Icon People and insight into how to create an Icon in Four Minutes.
Denis Sazhin, Many of you have been inspired and entertained in equal measure by the movies of Denis Sazhin. If you haven't seen them yet then you're missing a treat, so rush along now to YouTube for Happy Squirrel, Icon People and insight into how to create an Icon in Four Minutes. , Denis Sazhin
Xara Stereograms, , Paul Söderholm, Stephen L. Robinson , Gary W. Priester
Here is another classic image from Valery Kouleshov, master of the photo-realistic image.
Valery Kouleshov, Here is another classic image from Valery Kouleshov, master of the photo-realistic image., Valery Kouleshov
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
Several distinguished Xara artists use Xara Xtreme to create stereograms.
Stereograms, Several distinguished Xara artists use Xara Xtreme to create stereograms., Gary Priester, Paul Söderholm
Stephen Robinson, , Stephen Robinson
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.
, Gary Priester
We featured Alan Burn's classic watch illustration last month but there are other top Xara artists who have created inspirational clock and watch images.
Watches & Clocks, We featured Alan Burn's classic watch illustration last month but there are other top Xara artists who have created inspirational clock and watch images. , Valery Kouleshov, Jose Campoy, Simone Pampado, Alan Burns
Valery Kouleshov, , Valery Kouleshov
Xara artists are famous for their drawings of cars, but there's also a pretty impressive collection of clocks and watches. And here's an absolute classic from artist Alan Burns.
Alan Burns, Xara artists are famous for their drawings of cars, but there's also a pretty impressive collection of clocks and watches. And here's an absolute classic from artist Alan Burns. , Alan Burns
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
Many of you have admired and commented on the work of multi-talented Bob Hahn, and of course we have linked to quite a few of his YouTube movies in recent months.
Bob Hahn, Many of you have admired and commented on the work of multi-talented Bob Hahn, and of course we have linked to quite a few of his YouTube movies in recent months., Bob Hahn
September 2007 Group Show, , Richard Hoffman, Marcia Broekarts, Peter McWhinnie, Akhtar Amin Ahmad
You may remember that in an earlier edition of The Outsider we featured an astonishing astrolobe image created in Xara3D by Mike Sims (if you missed it find it here), but you may not have seen this image of the Falkirk Wheel created in a similar manner.
3D Maker, You may remember that in an earlier edition of The Outsider we featured an astonishing astrolobe image created in Xara3D by Mike Sims (if you missed it find it here), but you may not have seen this image of the Falkirk Wheel created in a similar manner., Mike Sims, Gary Bouton, José Campoy , Dusan Kastelic
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.
, Gary Priester
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.
, Gary Priester
Valery Kouleshov has wowed the forum users with the stunning results he achieves with his elegant and 'simple' ellipse technique.
Valery Kouleshov, Valery Kouleshov has wowed the forum users with the stunning results he achieves with his elegant and 'simple' ellipse technique. , Valery Kouleshov
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
Judy Assony, , Judy Assony
This month's Inspirational Art features just a small selection of the many great flower images created in Xara Xtreme.
Great Flower Images, This month's Inspirational Art features just a small selection of the many great flower images created in Xara Xtreme. , Derek Cooper, Bill Clegg, Ron Duke, Ivan Louette, Risto Klint
Penny O'Rorke, , Penny O'Rorke
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.
, Gary Priester
Xara Xtreme has become renowned for its illustrations of cars and bikes.
A Collection Of Vehicles, Xara Xtreme has become renowned for its illustrations of cars and bikes. , Ron Duke, Raymond Breakspear, Sven Ingvar, Risto Klint
This month's inspirational art is not a specific example, but rather a category of art - namely cartoons.
Cartoons, This month's inspirational art is not a specific example, but rather a category of art - namely cartoons. , Bob Hahn, Zeb, Jay McLennan, Boris Kirchdorfer, Byanfu, Risto Klint
Sally Bode, , Sally Bode
Derek Cooper, , Derek Cooper
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
Here are some exceptional fantasy 'paintings' produced by Vladimyr Savvateew.
Vladimyr Savvateew, Here are some exceptional fantasy 'paintings' produced by Vladimyr Savvateew., Vladimyr Savvateew
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
Zeb
Zeb, , Zeb
This month's Inspirational Art features excerpts from a fascinating TalkGrapics thread started by Nicolae Trifu.
Nicolae Trifu, This month's Inspirational Art features excerpts from a fascinating TalkGrapics thread started by Nicolae Trifu., Nicolae Trifu
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
This month's inspirational art comes direct from the Xara Gallery on the TalkGraphics forum.
Xara Gallery - TalkGraphics Forum, This month's inspirational art comes direct from the Xara Gallery on the TalkGraphics forum.
, Sally Bode, Valery Kouleshov, Stratocast
Here is a great example of the power of Xara Xtreme shading. If you look closely you can see the skin has a texture which adds greatly to the realism of this artwork.
Skin and shading, Here is a great example of the power of Xara Xtreme shading. If you look closely you can see the skin has a texture which adds greatly to the realism of this artwork., Eugene Spearance
Here's another impressive drawing from the very talented Valery Kouleshov.
Valery Kouleshov, Here's another impressive drawing from the very talented Valery Kouleshov., Valery Kouleshov
This month's inspirational art from Valery Kouleshov is a classic photo-realistic drawing from this Xara master.
Photo Realistic Drawing, This month's inspirational art from Valery Kouleshov is a classic photo-realistic drawing from this Xara master. , Valery Kouleshov
Tim Seward, , Tim Seward
Drawing human faces is probably the hardest thing you can choose to do with an illustration program, especially if you are trying to make it realistic.
Drawing Human Faces, Drawing human faces is probably the hardest thing you can choose to do with an illustration program, especially if you are trying to make it realistic. , Eugene Spearance, Valery Kouleshov, Logokid
Bob Hahn, , Bob Hahn
Ian Hamilton, , Ian Hamilton
Mike Sims is the absolute master of Xara3D, creating examples that even the creators of Xara3D find incredible!
3D Sundial, Mike Sims is the absolute master of Xara3D, creating examples that even the creators of Xara3D find incredible!, Mike Sims
Eric Bramhill, , Eric Bramhill
This is an old piece of Xara art, created by Alan Burns, but remains one of the most impressive demonstrations of the drawing capabilities of Xara.
Scope, This is an old piece of Xara art, created by Alan Burns, but remains one of the most impressive demonstrations of the drawing capabilities of Xara. , Alan Burns
Simon Beck, , Simon Beck
This drawing of a Dodge Viper car has to be one of the most photorealistic drawings ever created using Xara. It's been created by José Campoy and was discussed on the Xara Gallery forum, where Jose has graciously posted the file.
José Campoy , This drawing of a Dodge Viper car has to be one of the most photorealistic drawings ever created using Xara. It's been created by José Campoy and was discussed on the Xara Gallery forum, where Jose has graciously posted the file. , José Campoy
Ross Macintosh, , Ross Macintosh
Ron Duke, , Ron Duke
Gary Bouton, , Gary Bouton
Javier Aller, , Javier Aller
Rian Moseley, , Rian Moseley
Gary Priester, , Gary Priester
Mike Ovsianikov, , MIke Ovsianikov
John Clements, , John Clements
Zeb
Zeb, , Zeb
Simone Pampado, , Simone Pampado
Kane Rogers, , Kane Rogers
Newton Florentino, , Newton Florentino
Richard Reny, , Richard Reny
Mohamed Elhlaly, , Mohamed Elhlaly
Jens G.R. Benthien, , Jens Benthien
Jane Phillpot, , Jane Phillpot
Alexander Grigoriev, , Alexander Grigoriev
Tad Bridenthal, , Tad Bridenthal
Newton Florentino, , Newton Florentino
Steve Newport, , Steve Newport
Aram Alverez, , Aram Alverez
Marius Gabriel, , Marius Gabriel
Graeme Davidson, , Graeme Davidson
Emanuel Brito, , Emanuel Brito
Paul Soderholm, , Paul Söderholm
Roger Weikers, , Roger Weikers
David Cockburn, , David Cockburn
Steve Newport, , Steve Newport
Derek Cooper, , Derek Cooper
Valery Kouleshov, , Valery Kouleshov
Alan Burns, , Alan Burns
Vladimyr Savvateew, , Vladimyr Savvateew
Peter Schwuntek, , Peter Schwuntek
Simone Pampado, , Simone Pampado
Jonna Woodard, , Jonna Woodard
Eric Bramhill, , Eric Bramhill
Misha Petriychuk, , Misha Petriychuk
Dusan Kastelic, , Dusan Kastelic
William Clegg, , William Clegg
Gary Priester, , Gary Priester
Oleg Tischenkov, , Oleg Tischenkov
Paul Shotan, , Paul Shotan
Dennis Cox, , Dennis Cox
JoeSkeesick, , Joe Skeesick
Daniel Will Harris, , Daniel Will Harris
Gary Bouton, , Gary Bouton
Klaus Nordby, , Klaus Nordby