Welcome to Xara Online Designer

Welcome to Xara Online Designer

Selecting and moving items

Just tap or click on an item to select it. Or for marquee selection click, hold, and drag over multiple items. The mouse pointer will change to a + to indicate you have marquee selection enabled.  As you drag you will see a red dashed outline to indicate the selection bounds with the selected items momentarily outlined in blue. If you are using a touch device a long press will activate the selection drag. Either opt to have the marquee select items within the selection rectangle (the default setting), or else items touched by the rectangle. Switch using the Settings > Advanced menu. You can also change the hold delay here as well, using the “Hold to select” delay slider.

Nudge using arrow keys

The selected object(s) can be nudged by small distances using the keyboard arrow keys. Arrow keys          1px Shift +         10px Ctrl + Shift +          0.1 px

Items in groups

You can select and move multiple items around as one, and also group them, so that they act as a single selectable item. Tap on the edge of a group to select it.   Extend / Reduce your selection by using shift + click - the top status line tells you how many items are in your selection, and a pale blue dotted outline indicates the selection. Then choose Group. With multiple shapes selected you can resize them around the center when you hold down Shift.

Editing items in groups

By selecting a single object within a group, you can edit it. For example edit text inside a group, replace a photo or edit Shapes. Nevertheless, you cannot delete items inside a group, the Copy / Delete menu will delete the whole group. If you want to remove items from a group, first un-group it by clicking on the pale dotted outline (it will turn blue). Then you can use the un-group option in the context menu. The Delete and Duplicate operations will work over multiple selections. So if you’ve got three items selected and you hit Duplicate - you get a duplicate selection of your three items. Delete multiple items the same way. Here’s a little tutorial movie running over the main points…

Auto scroll during item drag

Drag an item up or down, left or right and the page will scroll to accommodate. Great for quick drag and drop placement over a multi-page document. Paste Options There are a range of paste options for the last item copied to the internal clipboard. This only applies to items copied in Xara Online Designer, not items copied on the system clipboard. Paste in same place (Ctrl+Shift+V) Paste Style or Attributes (Ctrl+Shift+A) Paste size Paste position Paste Size & Position Paste on all pages

Stacking items

Stack items behind or in front of each other using these z-order (stack order) controls for items on the page in the Properties Panel Or use the corresponding key short-cuts for these controls (in order of the icons): Ctrl + F  or  Ctrl + Shift + ]    Bring to Front Ctrl + Shift + F  or  Ctrl + ]   Move Forward one Ctrl + Shift + B  or  Ctrl + [    Move Back one Ctrl + B  or  Ctrl + Shift + [    Put to Back

Alignment guidelines

The alignment guidelines allow you to easily and quickly adjust all objects. Different guides will automatically appear while you’re moving/dragging an object: Green guides: Show you the center of each object and each page (horizontally and vertically) Blue guides: Show you guides, set up in Xara Designer Pro X, like the frame of the page. Red guides: Show you how you align one object to another. If occasionally you don’t want to see any guides just press the Ctrl key and they will disappear. As you resize a photo or a shape, it will snap to page guides or objects. Also you can see the snap lines for an object without moving the object, by selecting it, then holding down the mouse button.   As you place an object, a rotation tool tip will help you find the right angle: 1. Select your object 2. Select the yellow button on the top right side of the object and hold the mouse button 3. By moving your mouse our tool tip will automatically appear, giving you information about the angle of your object. 4. For better ease of use, it will automatically snap for common angles like 45°, 90°, etc.

Automatic Page Resize

Automatic Page Resize allows you to design a document once, and then easily deploy to a variety of sizes and aspect ratios. Have you wanted to convert documents from A5 to A4, or A3 perhaps (or vice versa)? Well now you can. One design - many formats. clockwise - Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook posts   Select the page you want to resize by tapping the page thumbnail in the Documents panel. The Page size dialog which is part of the Page Properties panel appears on the right side. In this example the selected page is a print document - you can see the Print category is ticked to indicate this. Click on the Print category to display the various page size options. You can see that our selected page is Portrait and also A4. Just select your new page size from one of the options. Here we’ve got that A4 page resized down to A5. All the page elements fit the new size. The other categories are… Print - as described above. Presentation - standard and widescreen aspect ratios - for PowerPoint too. Web - common webpage sizes of 1200px, 960px, 760px and 640px. Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr. Custom - enter you own page size. There’s also the additional option All pages the same - select this if you want your changes to apply to all the pages in your document. Some considerations… All the document templates have been marked up to deal with automatic page resize but there are a few things to bear in mind.   For best results change like for like and stick to the same category as the originating document - so print to print, presentation to presentation and so on. The same for landscape and portrait.   It’s a good idea to change the page size first and then replace the placeholder content with your own - so create all the sizes you want first using a template, save individually, then go back and add your content. When designing for your own custom page sizes, always design for the smallest page size, it is easier to enlarge a format than to shrink it.