WHAT ARE FONT SYMBOLS?
These are fonts that contains numerious high quality symbols, icons or
generally useful graphic designs. This was created as a font as a
way of using such symbols in web pages. Like all fonts, the shapes are
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...
From version 11 we are introducing a new type of brush stroke called
an "Art" brush, which stretches the brush shape, which can be either
vector or bitmap, along the line. This is an example vector brush
And some example strokes using this brush:...
This information is relevant to all versions of Xara Xtreme, Photo &
Graphic Designer, Page & Layout Designer and Designer Pro
Its simple to apply Text to a curve in Xara Xtreme as well as
controlling the position of the text in relation to the curv...
A bitmap fill can be applied by dragging a bitmap from the bitmap
gallery or via explorer and dropping it onto a shape. Version 3.2 of
Xtreme and Xtreme Pro require you to hold down the shift key when
dropping a photo onto a shape to cause the bitmap t...
You can use any shape as a cut out for another shape. Place one shape
over the other, select both, and from the Arrange menu, select Combine
Shapes > Subtract Shapes or use the keyboard shortcut ( Ctrl +2).
We recommend you view the workbook  at xa...
Please select from one of the categories below to add the pen tool
permanently back to the toolbar. Please note that this button is not
available for Web Designer ( it is for Web Designer Premium )
* Version 7 & 8
* Version 9 & later
FOR VERSIONS 7...
The Combine shapes option (select the objects, right click and choose
Combine shapes) provides you with a range of advanced options to
combine shapes to make new shapes, such as adding, cutting, or
slicing. You can use combine shapes on any type of object...
The program provides many useful methods for object handling. This
includes moving, cut, copy and pasting objects, duplicating and
cloning, stacking order, rotating and resizing, snapping, guide
objects and lines, grouping, alignment and clipview. Thes...
If you select an object with the Selector tool, the objects' bound
handles are displayed, dragging on these handles provides a quick way
to resize the object. If you are using Xtreme 3.2 or newer then you
can hover the mouse just inside the selection h...
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....
Version 6 and later provide a straight line tool. The tool is
available from the Freehand and Brush fly out menu. Simply select the
tool and click and drag the required direction in order to draw your
straight line. The tool provides a simple method to...
Yes, if you have a pressure sensitive input device (such as a
graphics tablet or pen), you can give the line design variable sizing
and a brush either variable transparency, variable sizing or both.
To enable pressure sensitive drawing (you must of ...
Please view the post 'HOW TO CREATE A CURVED EDGE ' in the
Please view the talkgraphics.com forum posting labelled ' DRAWING
LINE WITH ROUNDED CORNERS?' for instructions on how to achieve
To create a new brush type:
* DESIGN YOUR DESIRED BRUSH shape in Xara, then select it and go
into the FREEHAND AND BRUSH TOOL.
* Click CREATE BRUSH
A dialogue box will appear - GIVE YOUR BRUSH AN APPROPRIATE NAME and
then decide whether it i...
Shape Erasor tool. - Erases parts of objects, and can act as a vector
erase tool or as a soft eraser tool
WHAT DOES THE SHAPE ERASER TOOL ALLOW ME TO DO?
The Shape Eraser tool. allows you to
* Perform hard-edged vector erasing of shapes and ph...
Designer Pro only -: A new 'scribble select' feature allows you to
select objects by just drawing a freehand line over the page - all
objects that the line touches are added to the selection.
Click on the selector tool (shortcut V) Hold down the Alt k...
Trace mode can be enabled or disabled from the Freehand tool infobar
by clicking the following icon
Trace mode works best with objects that have a high contrast between
the foreground and background. It will usually be necessary to use the
The program provides a variety of fill types. These can be accessed
by selecting the Fill tool. It's also possible to create your own
custom fills using blends.
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 ...
Information on the shadow tool is available from within the program
help and manual. There's also a tutorial on creating an inner glow
shadow available from here 
The new Sketch Mode button on the Infobar of the Freehand tool
removes the automatic joining feature, so that you can rapidly draw
lines without worrying about them being attached
To erase part of a freehand line:
1. While you are drawing a line, hold down Shift. The pencil reverses
so the eraser is downwards.
2. Move the mouse (without releasing the mouse button) backwards
along the line.
3. Release Shift to continue draw...
The selector tool always works on the bounds of the object. The
"scale line widths" button determines whether it uses the bounds
including or excluding line attributes like arrowheads. The path tools
all operate on the raw path data ignoring any line a...
There's no option in the UI for changing this currently, but you can
change a value in the registry to reduce the size of the radius used
to decide whether it should auto-close.
Select Start followed by Run and type Regedit and press OK.
Once in ...
THE SHAPE PAINTER TOOL
The Shape Painter Tool was introduced in PGD 9
ARE THERE ANY NEW SHAPE EDITING TOOLS?
The previous version (PGD 2013) introduced the Shape Erasor tool. PGD
9 now also provides a Shape Painter tool.
* Shape Painter tool. ...
The aspect ratio is mantained when resizing quickshapes.
Rounded corner rectangles can be resized in the rectangle tool
(including aspect ratio changes) while maintaining circular corners.
Resizing in the Selector tool will still permanently transform...
Creating a clipview of two objects with different fill colors can
lead to an unexpected line being displayed within the clipview. The
line is caused by an anti-aliasing artefact.
There are several workarounds to avoid the problem which have been
There are many ways in which you can split a shape into segments.
Several methods were discussed in a recent forum post at
Before Version 6, the default option was to use the colour shown in
the brush drop list. The colour only changed when the user applied a
line colour manually. Since version 6 (Designer Pro 6 and Photo
graphic Designer 6), new brush lines always pick up...
The bevel tool can be used to create an embossed look, simply
changing the lighting direction will change the effect from looking
pushed out to looking pushed in. There is an example file from the
downloads section of our support homepage that can be v...