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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67 thoughts on “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7 Review and Competition

  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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂 

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. I would love to win this to edit my photos for my new business february's finest memories on Facebook 🙂

  10. 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

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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 

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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! 

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

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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,

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

  26. 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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