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
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...
WHAT IS A SMART SHAPE?
SmartShapes are graphical objects that have their own special handles
that can be clicked or dragged on to customize the object. To see and
use the handles on a SmartShape, select the object and go into the
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...
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...
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.
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 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...
Page & Layout Designer includes many of the illustration and design
tools in Designer Pro X including the freehand and shape drawing tools
and powerful tools for creative effects such as bevel, shadow, mold,
transparency, 3D and color fills.