Background Erase, introduced in v9, provides a really quick, easy and
effective way of cutting complex objects out of photos, so you can
place them on alternative backgrounds.
CAN I VIEW SOME EXAMPLES OF BACKGROUND ERASE?
Yes, you can export as either a GIF or PNG with a transparent
If you select GIF then check the Transparency icon in the export
dialog (the one that looks like a glass). If you export as PNG then
select the True Color + Alpha color depth ...
This article applies to
* Xara Xtreme/Pro 4 and 5, Photo ">First, log-in to your account at
xara.com, then select the Module Download link at the bottom of the
page. All available downloads will be listed on the right hand side of
ARE IMAGES RESIZED WHEN IMPORTED?
On importing an image we size it to 500 pixels on canvas, so if your
image is larger than that, its dpi will be higher because it has been
scaled down to the 500 pixel screen resolution. This is true when
> _Note: The tool is no longer shown by default on the Photo Tool
> Infobar and has been replaced with the 'Select colors to enhance'
> tool. Information on adding the tool back onto a infobar can be
> viewed from here
MASK AND REGION TOOLS
The Mask and Region Tools can be used to protect or select part of a
photo or a design. The tools are accessible from the Mask/Region tool
flyout bar and allow you to create shapes that are applied to a mask
layer and used to com...
If you export an image, you could encounter one of the following
problems with the image:
* The edges are blurred.
* A white line appears on the edges.
* The edges are not sharp and appear blurred.
* The image dimensions are not the same as w...
Depending on the background you want to eliminate, there may be
things you can do in Xara.
* Use the background erase tool. more info 
* Use the Color select/erase tool. more info 
Take a look at the threads for...
You can apply a border to your image after converting it to editable
1. Import your bitmap image into Xara.
2. Right Click on the image and select 'convert to editable shapes'
3. You can then alter the line width causing a border to be applied...
If you want to resize a high-resolution bitmap to be a lower
size/resolution, at the highest possible quality, the recommended way
is simply to resize it on screen to the required dimensions and either
Export or Create Bitmap Copy.
Both Export (Ctrl...
Converting an image from color to greyscale can be achieved in 2
1. Using the contone feature. Just click on white or right click on
black to set the light and dark colours of any bitmap (it's a sort of
short-cut to colouring bitmaps. Usually a ...
The Enhance transparency type introduced in version 6 can be applied
to any object within the program. This means the controls from the
photo tool (brightness, contrast, brightness levels, color saturation,
color temperature) can be applied to any object....
Opacity masks were introduced in version 6
The Opacity Mask system takes any object, or group of objects, and
uses the color (usually black to white shading) of these objects to
define which parts of any other object are transparent o...
The Clip tool offers similar functions to cropping, with the
exception that the changes it makes to the image are non-destructive,
so the image can be easily returned to its unclipped state at the
touch of a button.
The Clip tool is acces...
Since v4 Photo & Graphic Designer / Designer Pro 7 have included 11
plug-ins including popular choices from Mehdi, Av Bros and Redfield
and (in V8 and later) 35 plug-ins from Magix. In v9 we added a further
11 MAGIX plug-ins. In v10 and 11 only we include...
Version 6 provided a easy way to 'erase' regions of photos by
copying (cloning) parts of a photo from one place to another, even
from one photo to another. Version 7 introduced a Magic Erase tool to
further simplify erasing unwanted parts ...
Content awarenes scaling allow you to stretch photos and the
proportions of key aspects of the photo.
Two methods of scaling are provided since version 6. After protecting
the areas you do not wish to distort, switch to the C...
PHOTO ENHANCE TOOL
It can be as easy a 1 click to enhance the colour balance of a poorly
The Photo enhance tool is accessible from the photo tool fly out
menu. The tool can automatically raise the colour balance of a poorly
Photo & Graphics Designer 9 comes with 11 new photo effect, available
from the Live Effects tool .
Example 1 Example 2 
WHERE IS THE LIVE EFFECTS TOOL IN PGD9 AND LATER?
The Live Effects tool is part of the Photo tool group....
In version 6, editing a photo within a photo document causes the
program to save another file alongside the JPEG, in a folder called
'masters' which is the master .xar file containing all the edits and
the original untouched JPEG image.
When opening ...
A simple one-click way to automatically correct common perspective
effects was introduced in version 6.
View Movie 
To apply perspective correction to your image, select the photo, and
then the Perspective Correction to...
There are 3 ways to save a bitmap:
1) Right click on the bitmap in the bitmap gallery and select Save.
This saves the whole bitmap at the same pixel size as the original.
You can select to save in a wide variety of bitmap types. If you
select JPEG i...
PHOTO HUE TOOL
The Photo Hue tool, introduced in Designer Pro X,PGD MX 2013 &
P&LD 9, is part of the Photo Enhance Tool and can be found on the
Photo tool infobar. The tool allows a photo (or parts of a photo when
using a soft mask) to be tinted wi...
The Freehand & Region Tool now has a Magnetic Lasso mode which allows
you to easily trace around objects in a photo to cut them out. Turn on
Magnetic Lasso using the toggle button on the infobar .
To start tracing around the edg...
Yes. The ability to optimize a photo was introduced in version 5 and
can be accessed by right clicking on an image and selecting the
optimize photo option.
Version 6 has simplified the Photo Optimize dialog and introduced an
Optimize All JPEGs.
PHOTO HEAL TOOL
The Photo Heal Tool was introduced in version 9 and can be used to
erase small spots, scratches and blemishes from photos.
HOW DO I USE THE PHOTO HEAL TOOL
Select the tool and then choose a nib size from the infobar. Position
Xara allow you to edit both photos and photos inside shapes (bitmap
fills) just by double clicking on the photo or shape.
It is currently not possible to scan an image directly into the
However, it is possible to scan an image using MAGIX Photo Manager,
which is included with PGD.
To scan within MAGIX Xtreme Photo Designer go to:
File --> TWAIN --> Acqui...
From version 11 onwards, we've introduced some new transparency types
and made some adjustments to current ones. Please see the list of them
The colour of the object mixes with the colour of underlying objects.
The effect is similar...
Designer Pro and Photo & Graphics Designer include a standard
panoramic stitching feature accessible from the Photo Tool.
Simply select 2 or more photos, arranged in the correct left to right
order and then click on the 'Create Panorama' ...
Version 6 Photo tool (and later) on the Infobar has a new icon which
will resize the image back to
be 1:1 at 100% zoom. In other words 96dpi - the same resolution as
CONTENT-AWARE PHOTO ZOOM
Content aware photo zoom is where the photo remains the same size
and the content is intelligently zoomed inside it as shown in the
example below. The picture remains the same size, but the program
automatically detects and s...
An access violaton can occur when attempting to apply a live effect
or opening a document which has a live effect applied or has been
edited by the Xara Picture Editor.
The most likely cause is the program not being added to the DEP
Exception list. P...
The Xtreme bitmap tracer is covered in the help, but you can also
find a detailed discussion, including tips and tutorials, in the
TalkGraphics forum at:
http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthread.php?t=18562  along with a
tutorial covering the bitmap ...
A Photo Group or a Clipped Photo Group is created in one of three
* Applying a clone to a photo
* Applying a red eye to a photo
* Enhancing a masked area of the image via one of the Mask/ Region
* Apply a Color se...
The PhotoLooks plugin is installed along with the content pack in
version 10 of Photo & Graphics Designer and Designer Pro and later
(click on the 'Download Content Installer' option in the Help menu
after unlocking to download the content pack).
WHAT IS THE PHOTO MAGIC ERASE TOOL?
The Magic Erase tool was introduced in version 7 and allows objects
to be rapidly and effectively erased from images, it is a new feature
of the clone tool and automates the erasing of the selected part of
The Red Eye Tool allows you to quickly remove red eye effects from
faces in your photos..
HOW DO I USE THE TOOL?
* Select the Red-eye removal tool from the Photo tool flyout
* Zoom into the red eyes in your photo using the Zoom ...
Most modern digital cameras produce very high resolution images, that
are typically unnecessarily large. These take a lot of memory and can
produce very large files. For example importing a typical 5 MByte
digital camera image will add 5 MBytes to any...
This applies to:
* All versions since Xara Xtreme version 4
The method to create the 3D extruded photos, as shown in the product
manual & release notes, is described on our Talkgraphics forum at:
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An increasing number of digital cameras and phone cameras (including
all iPhone and iPads) no longer rotate the image in-camera to ensure
the JPG file appears the correct way up (e.g. when you take a picture
in portrait orientation). Instead they export t...
The Photo Gallery templates accessible from within the Photo
Galleries folder in the design gallery contain a set number of images.
You can replace these images with your own and the easiest method to
do this is to simply drag and drop multiple images ...
The Levels tool offers advanced functionality and control of the
Photo Enhance Tool, displaying a rawer view of the controls of the
levels balance of an image.
The Levels tool is accessible from the Photo tools fly-out menu, it
is the s...
Version 10 of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro include two
new brightness controls on the the InfoBar in the Enhance Photo Tool,
for Shadows brightness and Highlights brightness.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE NEW TOOLS?
Both tools are found in the Photo...
To use the EXIF tool, select the image first and then select the tool
from the Photo tools fly-out menu. It is the farthest icon on the
The EXIF tool provides useful information that is embedded within a
JPEG when the picture was taken....
Double clicking a bitmap in Xtreme will by default cause the bitmap
to open in the Xara Picture Editor.
Version 3.2 of Xara Xtreme and Xara Xtreme Pro can integrate with a
variety of external photo editors. Both versions include the Xara
We recommend you contact the plug-in provider directly for queries
specific to a particular plug-in, they will have a more in depth
knowledge of their product.
In the Levels dialog you can create a manual brightness curve which
provides very detailed control over brightness levels for any photos.
To create a manual curve just click or drag on the histogram area, and
you will see a control point added and a c...
* Improved Clone tool - Uses current result photo as the source,
instead of the original photo (for manual and magic erase clone
objects). More info 
* New Hue adjustments tool- The Photo Enhance tool now includes a
new hue adjustment feature, al...