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Photo & Graphic Designer

Image optimization

Selective light & shadow editing

Pictures taken outside on a sunny day often have areas that are too bright or too dark.

You can correct this with precise adjustments to lighter or shadowed areas. This helps to make the details in your photos more visible.

Adjust brightness & contrast

Use the photo tool to optimize contrast and brightness and give your images more brilliance, or reduce contrast to create a vintage look.

Innovative technology guarantees the details in your photos are never lost.

Cut & Level

Select a new image section or easily adjust the format.

A grid is displayed to help you make the perfect cut. You can also use guidelines to ensure straight alignment.

Color correction

Easily optimize hue, brightness and saturation of certain color ranges.

For instance, you can add more saturation to the green shades in a country landscape or adjust red shades in people's faces.


Make your images razor sharp. There are two tools you can use for this:

  • The slider in the photo optimization tools
  • Detailed "Unsharp Mask" filter
Intelligent scaling & zoom

Change the width and height of the image or enlarge specific parts.

This prevents image elements, e.g. people, from becoming distorted. It's a great way to create website headers.

Customize specific areas
Customize specific areas

Select specific parts of the image using the Section Tool and edit them separately.

This can be used to draw the viewer's attention to specific elements by making them brighter and darkening the surrounding elements. It can also be used to correct parts of the image that are poorly exposed.

Remove distortions

"Converging lines" often occur when taking photos of buildings using a wide angle lens. These are in fact parallel lines that meet at a single point in the distance.

This can be corrected with a single click.


Remove unwanted elements

Use the Photo Heal tool to remove spots and wrinkles from people's faces.

Magic Erase lets you remove unwanted elements such as street signs or footprints.

Restore old photos

Remove scratches and dust using the Photo Heal Tool. Use the image optimization tools to add more contrast and sharpness to your photos.

Change body shapes

With the "Liquid Paint" feature you can make everyone look their best, e.g. by straightening the nose. Or you can enlarge or shrink other body parts any way you like.

Red eye correction

Red eye often occurs when the lens and the flash are very close to another in low light conditions. Get rid of this issue with just one click.

Creative design


Select individual image elements and reposition them freely. By combining various elements, you can turn your ideas into digital works of art.

Tip! Adjust the colors, brightness and contract of specific image areas. Add some feathering to blend it all together perfectly.

Blend modes
Blend modes for merging layers effectively

Give your picture a vintage look with scratches and dust or make it look like it was drawn on canvas, paper or stone. The blend modes let you easily add special effects and textures.

The following methods, among others, are available to you:

  • Soft light for a soft application of color
  • Hard light for adding highlights and intensifying shadows
  • Optimize for selectively editing specific image areas

Let the program automatically combine several images into a panorama.

Photo filters

Add unique effects to your images.

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Combine image and text
Combine image and text

Create your own collector's album or a beautiful collage for greeting cards. Get creative with your photo editing and add some notable quotes or words of wisdom to your artworks.

Special font effects transform your text into a real eye catcher!

  • Text flows around shapes and images
  • Fantastic painting and drawing tools
  • 3D effects
  • Detailed control of line spacing, paragraphs, line height, tracking etc.


3D design

Add a whole new dimension to your graphics with the the 3D tool. You can even set perspective, depth and shadow.

Web graphics

Design buttons, menus, cards etc. for your website. The MX function makes it possible to transfer finished graphics directly to Xara Web Designer.


Design your own logo as a vector graphic. This makes it possible to export in any size without loss of quality.


Create your own avatar by combining various body parts, e.g. a profile pic for Facebook.

Flow charts & process diagrams

With the graphics tools you can quickly and easily design impressive flow charts and process diagrams.

Floor plans

Draw your own floor plans and blueprints. This can very helpful when planning the interior design for your home.

Graphic design with smart shapes

Change the premade smart shapes intuitively using special handles.

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Online catalog with over 2,500 design elements

Choose from a vast selection of design templates and decorative elements in our online catalog.

Stock Photos

Access a catalog with over 760,000 free stock photos and illustrations.

Digital drawings

Take advantage of a wide range of powerful graphics tools to create your own drawings on your PC using either the mouse or a graphics tablet.

Copy from your photos or start from scratch with a blank page. All the shapes can be changed at any time. Vector-based editing makes it possible to export in any size.

Create your own digital masterpieces and have tons of fun doing it!

Liquefying vector graphics

Digital drawings are now even more intuitive with the new paint brushes for liquefying vector graphics.

Vectors can now be enlarged, stretched and distorted in any way.

Merge graphics into new shapes

Create complex shapes by combining different vector objects.

Cut out a circle from a square, for example, or split graphics at overlapping edges.

Art brushes made from vectors & photos

Create your own photorealistic brush patterns using scans, photos and vectors. This stretches the art brush along the drawn line allowing you to easily create deceptively realistic drawings and special effects.

Powerful technology

Professional graphics technology

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer uses the world's fastest vector graphic engine, the engine that powers Xara Designer Pro. Even extremely large graphics can be edited on any computer.

Non-destructive editing

Your original photos remain unchanged, so you're free to let your imagination run wild. No matter how often you change the size, your images will remain clear and sharp.

RAW format support

Import RAW images to get the highest image quality and the most detail.

List of supported RAW formats

Support for graphics tablets

Draw vector graphics with a pen on your graphics tablet. This enables real freehand drawing and makes creating digital graphics a lot more fun.

Expansion with plugins

You can even use Adobe Photoshop plugins with Xara Photo & Graphic Designer. These expansions can be integrated quickly and easily into the program .

MX – Media-X-change

Easily exchange files between MAGIX programs. This makes it possible to use your graphics in Xara Web Designer or your photos in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro.