Xara Web Designer: Handling Photos

Xara Web Designer is a very powerful and useful piece of software for creating websites. This software can be used to create professional looking results that you will be proud of. To use the designer properly, though, you need to master dealing with photos. A website wouldn't be as interesting if it didn't have a lot of photos. Fortunately, positioning and using photos on your site using Xara is very simple.

Following this short guide should make it much easier to add, resize and position photos accurately on your website. This should make it possible to create fashionable, modern websites.

Step 1: Starting a Project

The first thing to do is load Xara Web designer and start a new project. If you like, you can choose to use one of the pre-installed templates, or alternatively it is possible to create a blank project and customize it as much as you want. If you are using one of the templates, then you will be able to move the objects around easily by clicking and dragging on them.

Step 2: Adding a Photo

Adding a photo or an image into Xara is surprisingly simple. There are actually two different ways of doing this. You can either click the insert menu and select the photo, or find it in windows explorer. The easiest option is to use windows explorer to browse the photos that you like the look of and then select these. Once you have found the photo you want to use, click on it and hold the left mouse button down. Then, drag it onto your document.

Step 3: Adding a New Image

If you drop the image onto a blank area of the website or over some text, then it will be created as a new image. This is the method that you should use if you want to add multiple images to your site without losing any others.

If you want to replace an image with a different one, then this is possible by dragging and dropping the image on top of an existing image. Any image dropped on top of another image will replace that one.

Step 4: Arrangement

Once you have added the image, you will then need to move it into the right position. To do this, click and drag the image to exactly where you want it. If you have changed your mind and no longer want to use this image, then you can delete it by pressing the delete key on your keyboard.

Step 5: Resizing

If the photographs are too big or too small, then you are able to resize them. Click on the photo once to select it and a box will be drawn around it. Then, use one of the handles to resize the picture. If you want to lock the aspect ratio to avoid stretching the image, then hold down the shift key when resizing.

Try to avoid making a photo much larger than the original. This will create a noticeably poor quality image which is pixelated. Instead, try to start using a better quality larger image.