Thursday, 5 April 2012

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7 Review and Competition

This is a very versatile programme with great applications to photography, graphic design and as my mum even tested also some handy elements for card making.   You would need an extra programme for card making though depending on the level you want to take it too, such as more background papers.

It is easy to import your own photographs and then there are lots of photo editing features including levels, red eye, cropping, cloning, perspective correction and panoramic scenes to apply to them.  I was particularly impressed with the perspective correction and successfully applied it to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


If a building is askew then you can straighten it with a click of a button, very clever and useful feature.


There is a 3D facility, which is really great, and you can get some fantastic results, this was my mum’s favourite part, but I was too dazzled by straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa for 3D ducks and the like to hold as much magic.  My mum showed me how to clone too, it is useful for hiding unattractive features, like if you had an electricity pylon in the middle of a scenic picture, and you could make more of the nice view to get rid of the unsightly features.

It also gives you tips when you open the programme – these are handy when you are a new user and a bit blank like I was in the beginning!  It can be slightly overwhelming at first but you soon get the hang of it.  My mum in particular was somewhat of a whiz by the end of it!!!


It has a wide range of clip art covering numerous topics so you would find pretty much everything you need there.  I think it would be useful for making fundraising materials for all the local committees I am on!  It is easy to control the shapes and clip art, so I could make some eye-catching posters!

This programme is well thought out and gives so much value for money (It is currently available from Amazon for £39.99).  But being the kind charitable blogger I am, I have a competition for you to win a code to download it on your own computer.  To enter please complete the rafflecopter below by the 27th of April.


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131 comments:

  1. I am not a great photographer so this package would be great for correcting mistakes!  I am also very creative and love to make my own cards - usually cross stitch though.  As I have four little ones and very little time on my hands, I do struggle with trying to find the time to make them for my big family!  I would love to try a new card-making technique using photos of my children.  I have seen some lovely ideas for Easter cards lately, where you can add, for example, an Easter bonnet, a pair of furry ears or a bob tail to photos of your children to create humous little cards!

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  2. My Son has just started studing photography - this would be great for him

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  3. would love to win this for my dad - he would love it!

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  4. Would love to win so that I can sort out my 'mistakes' of photographs! and making cards sounds fab too. 

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  5. adrian bonnington6 April 2012 at 08:25

    Very good prize

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  6. would love to win so i can be good to my photos

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  7. I would like to win as it does annoy me when I take pictures of buildings and they look like they are leaning backwards...

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  8. I currently have no software for photos and design, and I would love to improve my pictures to make better photo books.  I love photography, and now I have a great camera, it would be brilliant to make sure I maximize the finished result.

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  9. natalie goatley6 April 2012 at 13:25

    My daughter is in her secon dyear of her photography course and shes really passionate about it. I really think stands a good chance of becoming a successful photographer when she finishes school and this would be great for her.

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  10. create fantastic gallery of pics of my grandson

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  11. I'd like to win because I often take pictures that look like I was standing with one foot in a hole - it's not so much that the buildings are crooked - I think it must be me!!!! I always try to pass it off by saying I'm putting an artistic slant on things - but actually I'd love to be able to straighten my pics up before I showed them off :-) 

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  12. Hilda Hazel Wright7 April 2012 at 08:45

    No matter where you are there always seems to be something that gets in the way of a perfect photo, so it would be great to have the chance to alter it!  Thanks for the competition!

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  13. I would like to win because I don't have any photo editing software and this sounds good :)

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  14. Happy easter..like this  sounds good for all my mistakes i make and hopefully some great photos in the future..

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  15. I think we'd all use this.  It sounds great for editing photo's.  I would love to make my own cards.  My son Samuel loves to make his own story books so I wonder if this might help him produce the pictures.

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  16. I'd love to win, as it looks like it would be great fun to be able to play with my photo's!!

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  17. Wow what a great prize, I would love to win

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  18. I just do. Gimme!

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  19. this would be great fun, but useful too.

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  20. I would like to win because both my husband and I are keen photographers and he has photo correcting software on his Mac, but I don't have any on my PC, which means I have to wait for him to get off his Mac if I want to play around with my photos ... and with him being a computer programmer geek, that rarely happens!

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  21. Kathleen hooper9 April 2012 at 23:02

    I'd like to win as my OH and I love to travel and to bring back photos of or trips. sadly the photos never seem to be quite as good as we imagined they would be when we took them!

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  22. i would like to win as i travel a lot and would like to build a travel portfolio of my trips

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  23. Fashionstartshere10 April 2012 at 18:56

    I love photography and this would defitnely enhance my pictures

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  24. i'm really bad a taking pictures and this would help me

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  25. Deborah Worrall11 April 2012 at 09:39

    I think it's important to have lots of pictures of the kids growing up. I'm not the best photographer so maybe this would help!

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  26. Anna Southward1012 April 2012 at 08:33

    I would love to win this to edit my photos for my new business february's finest memories on Facebook :)

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  27. Laura Pritchard14 April 2012 at 15:28

    I'm always cursing random strangers walking into my photos...this would let me remove them!

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  28. I like being picture perfect and I'd like to get my graphic editing down to a fine art

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  29. Although my partner is a photographer and graphic designer (and a Photoshop pro!) I would love to start enhancing my own photos and learning some of the tricks for myself rather than relying on him all the time!! It looks as though it would also be a great tool for my card making etc too :) x

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  30. Would love to win this for my husband who has taken up photography as a hobby

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  31. I would love to win as im getting more interested in photography and hope it would mkae my sad looking photos look stunning.

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  32. I get enough leaning buildings of my own so i think the leaning Tower of Pisa would be safe from me. lol

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  33. We always make our own Christmas cards,so this would be ideal

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  34. i love photography im always taking quick snaps of my little girl growing up so this would be great for us x

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  35. Got 1000's of photos taken in digital form or family, etc, etc. Really want to go through them with a proper editor to sort out problems and make them worth printing out to put in a proper album.

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  36. to make my familys photos even better x

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  37. We love taking photos of family and capturing the memories. This would be fab to add and enhance them! 

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  38. would love to create magical images to store memories made and those to come x

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  39. I have a whole batch of photographs I really need to edit but I only have the basic software that comes with my computer to do so and it is really limiting!

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  40. Would love to win this for my son who has taken up photography as a hobby

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  41. sounds like a great program, one which i could play around with for hours.

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  42. That is a really great prize - my niece would love it

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  43. This would help me add nice photos to my blog

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  44. Ha if you could  see my photo's you'd know I need to win!!  I'm always looking at the compostition, but somehow it just never looks the same in the photo, thank goodness for digital camera's if we still used film it would cost me a fortune to see people with no head, my fingers etc.

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  45. I would really like to have a play around with this with my eldest son, i think he would really enjoy using it and he could help me sort out all my photos 

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  46. Great prize would come in very useful for lots of projects thank you

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  47. I'd like to give it as a present to my husband

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  48. I really want some pics of my Wolfdogs together but getting them all to sit still for even 2 seconds is impossible, this would really help me to get some great pictures that I can use for advertising

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  49. I take a lot of photo's and would love the chance to have a go at editing them!

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  50. I'd love this to help me create some fabulous photos of my son and my dog

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  51. Great prize, love it for my travelling pics

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  52. Joanna Coleshill26 April 2012 at 10:19

    I'd love to win as my husband would love this!

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  53. I would love to win as I like to make things like chocolate wrappers, invites, cards, etc for my daughter's or nephews birthday parties and other special occasions.  I really like designing and making my own as it feels more special and this software sounds like it would be brilliant for the sort of things I like to do.  Fingers' crossed.

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  54. Mum is studying photoshop in night school and sister is studying graphics in college

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  55. Would help me with my flickr 365 project

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  56. I'd like to win because this kind of program is so much fun to use! I would do it for my photos of travelling - part of the fun! 

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  57. would love to win this to make my pictures cooler!

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  58. Id love to win this for my dad, He loves doing this on his new laptop
     

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  59. Kirstie Vaughan26 April 2012 at 17:56

    I would love to win this for my husband as he loves photography and making pics look different on the computer.

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  60. i have so many photos id love to have a play with

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  61. So I can make my terrible photos look good!

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  62. I love taking pictures of my four children and two grandchildren, but sadly im just not very good at photography! this would be great to tidy up my family photos, as well as for my children to play around with and create family cards etc :)

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  63. Sharon Burroughs26 April 2012 at 21:04

    I always look bad in photos, might be able to make myself look a bit better

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  64. I'd love to win this prize as I tend to ruin most photos with my goofy smile... maybe I can do the opposite to most people and just make every one else in the photo look goofy too! hehe

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  65. Rachelghostheart26 April 2012 at 21:21

    I would love to win this for my husband he spends ages taking photos of the kids and would love to be able to edit them to a high quality

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  66. This sounds like a very handy programme. I've always thought it would be great if I could have a bit of "touching up" in my photos so this would be a fantastic chance to try it out.

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  67. I would like to win this progame because i have a small business making glass art and it would help me to go to the next level with my photos and graphics for my web site,

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  68. I just got a new camera and want to make the most of my photographs

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  69. This is a great prize, just what I need! x

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  70. Would be great to play around with piccies

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  71. I'm into beetles and do a lot of macro photography, so this would be great for playing around with pics

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  72. would be great to improve my photos and make them look fab

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  73. I would love this for my eldest daughter (she's 12) and is really into photography and graphic design. She would absolutely love this to be able to edit and play around with her photos.

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  74. I would love to win this as i love photography and it would be a lot of help to make great pictures that you can cherish with the fond memories!

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