If you are a graphic artist that creates and prepares art for your screen printing shop, you are going to need at least two programs to handle your everday graphics needs; a bitmap editor and a vector graphics program.
If you like the idea of having just one program to handle these needs, there is a graphics solution that you will want to check out--Xara Designer Pro X9.
Creating vector graphics with Xara Designer Pro X9 is easy. It has every drawing tool you will ever need--and then some. Drawing freehand and editing shapes is simple, but it may take some time to learn the functionality of the entire tool set if you are coming from another vector program. You can blend and manipulate shapes and add outlines, bevels and contours with just a click or two. Text handling is excellent and includes Google fonts, which are free and easy to install. For screen printers and t-shirt artists, Pantone colors, CMYK, and color separation support are all there. Xara Designer Pro X9 can import and export all of the important software file formats, such as AI, EMF, EPS, PSD, CDR and PNG. Creating spot color art for t-shirt designs can be done very quickly and the program also includes a library of clip art images.
Besides vector images, editing bitmap photos is one of the strong suits of Designer Pro X9. The Magic Erase tool is incredible and the background erase is a feature that will also come in handy. If you want to edit and manipulate bitmaps, you will have choose an external bitmap program like Paint.net or GIMP--both of which are free. If you manipulate high resolution photos, the optional 64-bit version of Xara Designer Pro X9 will handle those huge file sizes with ease.
The amount of training and learning materials for Xara Designer Pro X9 is impressive. If need to figure out how to use a certain tool or create a certain type of graphic, Xara has over 100+ video tutorials showing to use Designer Pro X9. Dozens of written tutorials are available as well. Designer Pro X9 also has a free trial you so can "try before you buy."
For a lot of users who want to have bitmap and vector applications combined into one application, Designer Pro X9 could be the answer they have been looking for.
Below is a short video that demonstrates some of the important features of Xara Designer Pro X9: