DrawPlus X6

Draw, design, edit and create


Screenshot: Embellish artwork with stencils
Embellish artwork with stencils
Screenshot: Attractive info graphics
Attractive info graphics
Screenshot: Concept and packaging design
Concept and packaging design
Screenshot: Scalable vector artwork
Scalable vector artwork
Screenshot: On-screen help and tutorials
On-screen help and tutorials
Screenshot: Paint naturally
Paint naturally

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • Windows-based PC* with DVD drive and mouse
  • Microsoft Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 (32 bit) operating system
  • 512MB RAM
  • 778MB free hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
Compatible with Windows 8

Optional Requirements

  • Windows-compatible printer
  • TWAIN compatible scanner and/or digital camera
  • Pressure-sensitive pen tablet
  • Internet account and connection required for accessing online resources

Other Notes

  • Additional disk resources and memory are required when editing large and/or complex images.
  • To enjoy the full benefits of brushes and their textures, your computer should use a processor that supports SSE. SSE2 is supported by almost all processors sold since 2003. On brush selection, an onscreen message will indicate if your computer is non-SSE.

Detailed Feature Comparison

  Adobe Illustrator CS6 Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 Serif
DrawPlus X6
Natively supports 32 and 64-bit computers Yes No Yes
Customisable keyboard shortcuts Yes No Yes
Create and save custom workspace profiles Yes No Yes
Context-sensitive, on-screen How To tab No No Yes
Create professional documents
Spot-colour and process colour-separations Yes No Yes
Design custom colour palettes Yes No Yes
PANTONE® colour libraries Yes No Yes
Blend Modes for creative effects on overlapping objects Yes No Yes
Work with layers to separate objects Yes Yes Yes
Use master pages to easily reproduce design elements No No Yes
Automatic page numbering No Yes Yes
Add ready-made artwork to your designs Yes Yes Yes
PDF import and editing Yes Yes Yes
Use powerful drawing tools and design features
AutoTrace Studio for instantly converting images to vector Yes Yes Yes
Draw using editable QuickShapes Yes Yes Yes
Shape Builder Tool for merging shapes Yes No Yes
Targeted insert for drawing in front of, inside and behind objects Yes No Yes
Blend Tool for blending objects together Yes Yes Yes
Blend along a custom path Yes Yes Yes
Multi-level Solo Mode for isolating objects Yes Yes Yes
Instantly convert 2D objects into 3D Yes Yes Yes
Create pseudo-3D artwork by drawing across planes Yes No Yes
Shadow Tool for adding shadow to objects No Yes Yes
Professional Filter Effects Yes Yes Yes
Non-destructive Graphic Styles for pre-set effects Yes No Yes
Set a drawing scale No Yes Yes
Connector Tool for annotaing charts, diagrams and plans No No Yes
Dimension tool for displaying distance Yes No Yes
Pixel Grid for pixel-perfect editing Yes No Yes
Paint naturally
Paint with realistic natural brushes and media Yes No Yes
Pressure Studio for calibrating graphics tablets No No Yes
Spray brushes for adding photo-realistic effects Yes No Yes
Edit and enhance images
Essential Image editing tools Yes Yes Yes
Non-destructive photo adjustments and effects No Yes Yes
Transform images into art Yes Yes (but limited) Yes
Image Cutout Studio for extracting backgrounds No Yes Yes
Design artistic text and layouts
Realtime font previewing No Yes Yes
OpenType font support Yes Yes Yes
Super/subscript support Yes No Yes
Multi-lingual spell check Yes No Yes
Wrap text around objects Yes Yes Yes
Flow text along a custom path Yes Yes Yes
Design artistic text and layouts
Create keyframe and stopframe animations No Stopframe only Yes
Supports onion skinning for viewing previous frames No No Yes
Share and collaborate
Export animations as SWF, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV No SWF and AVI only Yes
Supersampling for high quality exports Yes No Yes
SVG import and export Yes Yes Yes
Import Adobe Photoshop File Import Yes Yes Yes
Import Adobe Illustrator and EPS files Yes Yes Yes
PDF/X export Yes No Yes
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is DrawPlus fully 64-bit compatible?
Yes, a 64-bit version will be automatically installed on compatible computers.


Can I import PDF files?
DrawPlus lets you import PDF files as if they are new drawings. Imported text, shapes and images can be edited depending on your PDF file.
What file formats can be imported?
As well as Adobe Illustrator AI files, you can import SVGs and Serif’s own SMF file format. Common graphic file formats, including RAW images, can be opened as drawings.

Essential Tools

What kind of line tools and shapes are available?
Pencil, Pen, and Straight Line tools make great line art, while QuickShapes offer multiple shape variations.
I love digital painting. Can DrawPlus do this?
DrawPlus has over 200 brushes spread across ten categories (Draw, Paint, Photo, and Spray, to name a few!). If you’re feeling creative, you can create your very own stroke or spray brushes too.
Does DrawPlus allow you to turn images and sketches into vector artwork?
Yes, the AutoTrace Studio can automatically convert photos, logos and hand drawn artwork into editable vector artwork.


Can text flow along paths?
DrawPlus lets you type directly along any curved line, shape outline, or even within a shape.


How do I cut out my pictures?
DrawPlus’ Cutout Studio lets you cut out an object or any image from its background by using ‘keep’ and ‘discard’ brushes. Brush strokes will snap to image edges for precise image cuts.
What image effects are available?
For eye-catching effects, pick from categories including Distort, Blur, Sharpen, Edge, Artistic, Noise, and Render.

Printing and Exporting

What choices do I have to output my artwork?
DrawPlus’s Preview and Print/Publish features let you output to your desktop printer or create screen-ready or press-ready professional PDFs.
How do I export my drawing?
The Export Optimizer lets you see how your drawing looks and how large it is before you save it. Its multi-window display provides side-by-side WYSIWYG previews of image quality at various output settings, so you can make the best choice every time!


Does DrawPlus support animation?
Yes, DrawPlus supports both stopframe and keyframe animation, either from scratch, or after you convert an existing DrawPlus drawing.

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We’re 100% sure you’ll love any purchase you make from Serif, but if you’re not completely satisfied, simply return your product within thirty days (seven days if you downloaded) and we promise you a full refund.