The Graphics Part of Xara Photo & Graphic

Designer 9

Until now we have looked at all of the new Photo enhancements and additions to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9. Now we’ll take a look at what’s new in the Graphics part of the program.

Google Fonts

To paraphrase the old technology quote, He who dies with the most fonts wins! The addition of Google Fonts makes you a winner. Big time! True, this ever expanding list of over 600 quality fonts is available for free on the Google website. But what you don’t get on Google’s website is Xara’s Font Finder shown on the right. This lets you quickly select fonts by style as well as by attribute. And that’s not all, previously, Xara products only supported four font styles, no matter how many styles came with the font. With version 9 you get support for as many styles as come with the selected font. In the case of Raleway shown here, you get nine styles ranging from super thin to heavy duty black. You can search for fonts by keying in the name. You can adjust the size of the type sample from 7 to 64 points using the size slider. Google fonts can be embedded in PDF documents. Font outlines are embedded in XAR documents (but only for the characters used) so if you send your .XAR document file to another designer who is using Xara Web Designer 9 Premium, or the soon to be released Xara Designer Pro X9, the fonts display correctly, but cannot be edited. However, for persons using version 9 products, the recipient of a document containing Google fonts is asked upon opening the document if she or he wishes to download the Google font or fonts you have used in your document.  Because not all Google fonts have proper hinting, some fonts will not look very good at smaller sizes and the spacing may be inconsistent. Fonts designated as High Quality Body will work well at small sizes as well as larger sizes. Big thanks to Xara’s developers for taking the guesswork out of font selection. Some of you might be worried about adding all of these fonts to your computer’s Fonts folder. Let me put your mind at ease. You only install the fonts you want to use. Once installed the fonts are available in the Google Fonts section of the Font drop down list. You can add new fonts as you need them. Awesome?
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The Google Fonts section follows the Web Safe Fonts. Press Add to see the entire font list and to add only the fonts you want.
Embed Graphics and Bullets in Your Text. Introduced in Xara Designer Pro 9 and now available in PGD9, you can now embed a graphic object into your text  and the embedded graphic will travel along with the text. Even if you edit the text or resize the text area. Simply cut or copy the graphic object to the clipboard, insert the Text Tool cursor into the text, and Paste. The graphic object can be moved up or down using the Text Tool > Baseline Shift  function. And you can use graphics for bullet and numbers lists. Copy your graphic to the clipboard (these are from Bullets and Numbers in the Designs Gallery) Right click on your text Select Paste as List Number (or List Bullet) In the case of numbered lists, if your graphic contains a number, such as the numbered graphics found in the Designs Gallery > Page Elements > Bullets and Numbers folder, the numbers will automatically change to the proper sequence. Here is an example of using my star graphic used for bullet points: The premium tools you use most Create and edit photos and graphics in one program Large free Premium Clipart selection Unbeatable value What more could you ask?
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