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Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 86 •  1 AUGUST, 2009

How to create stretchy buttons in Xara Xtreme Pro 5 ©Eric Butters
©2009 Eric Butters

Xara Xtreme 5 can create some very wizzy buttons and other graphics for your website. But so can most graphics applications. But unlike most graphics applications, Xara Xtreme 5 can create a one-size-fits-all stretchy button. A stretch button stretches to accommodate the length of the text without distorting the button. And thanks to the designers at Xara who did all the heavy lifting for you, if you follow the simple steps outlined in this Guest Tutorial by Eric Butters (bcire68), you can create your own stretchy buttons.

You can also copy and paste your stretchy buttons into Xara Web Designer although at  present, you can only create these flexible buttons in Xara Xtreme 5 and Xtreme Pro 5.

You are probably aware of Xara Xtreme but have you downloaded Xara Xtreme Pro? All the tutorials in this Workbook are done in Xtreme Pro, so if you don’t have it, get it now.

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