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Xara 3D Maker 7: Review

by Adam Smith. 28 Jul 2011

3D graphics without a steep learning curve

Xara 3D Maker 7: Review

Creating 3D text in Photoshop can be a little time consuming. So it’s unsurprising that Xara 3D Maker 7 has become successful as an alternative option for those wishing to save time and still obtain decent results. It lets users create a range of differing text effects with just a few clicks. Everything relies on presets but the key variables are both stunningly simple to apply and seemingly limitless. Of course font choice is a key aspect and there is a huge number on offer – you can change the size of the text and angle at which it sits just for starters.

You can also alter the depth of the 3D extrusion, and even round off or sharpen the angles of these. It really makes 3D simple and, what’s more, you can apply this to individual letters in your arrangement. All of the controls are easy to find, and experimentation and exploration are enough to get you through – although advanced features may require a little digging into the Help section. Overall, for the price, this is a stunning application that can complete a range of tasks in a matter of minutes.

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