This month we've got a new feature, a contest to challenge your imagination. We'll set the
theme, you let your inspiration loose and submit your entries during the month. In next month's issue
we'll show a shortlist for you to vote on. It's for the entertainment of your fellow Outsider readers
and of course the glory - but we've also added an incentive in the form of Xara or MAGIX software of your
choice up to $100. More info below on this month's challenge.
This month's Outsider focus is on 3D. Of course this used to involve Xara3D, but now we've built
the same 3D extrude technology into Xara Xtreme, so you can now create realistic 3D objects from any
vector shape. The quality of the shading
and lighting is way above that from any other illustration software, not to mention that it's a whole
lot faster and easier. Check out the tutorials which include the .xar files for all the examples.
Also this month our parent company MAGIX has launched a German language version of Xara Xtreme
(called MAGIX Xtreme Foto & Grafik Designer v2 - but it's almost exactly the same product as Xara
Xtreme 4). There's a launch offer too! See right for more information.
Take a closer look at this wonderful series of 'Faux' covers from forum poster MarkMyWords, an affectionate
take on those over-the-top covers of the late '30s and the '40s. Mark's style is cleaner and simpler than the
original style, but retains a definite retro feel and successfully manages to emulate their "over the top
appeal to emotion".
Find out more
Our contest theme this month is
3D, of course! So any Xtreme image featuring the 3D graphic prominently - it could involve text or photos like our
tutorial examples (or for truly inspirational examples from a 3D master check out the 3D text examples on
- Nik Ainley used Xara3D, but now you don't need to!).
But the choice is completely yours - the only rule is that it must be created by you in Xtreme and submitted at the page below by 18th July.
Find out more and enter competition
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