DrawPlus X8

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Amazing new drawing tools
Design eye catching logos
Technical drawings
Create stand-out presentations
Authentic painting techniques
It's as easy as 1-2-3

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 (Windows® XP), 1GB RAM (Windows® Vista and 32-bit Windows 7® and 8) or 2GB RAM (For 64-bit Windows® 7 and 8)
  • 665MB free hard disk space, 1GB free hard disk space for download install (additional space required during installation)
  • Resolution of 1024 x 768 (at 100% scaling)

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.
Compatible with Windows 8

* Main processor must support SSE2 instructions.

Detailed Feature Comparison

  Serif DrawPlus X8 Adobe Illustrator CC CorelDRAW X7 Graphics Suite Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10
Enjoy an enhanced workflow
Feed based Startup Assistant Yes Yes No No
High DPI support Yes Yes Yes No
Restore Last Session Yes No No Yes
Natively supports 32 and 64-bit computers Yes Yes Yes No
Customisable keyboard shortcuts Yes Yes Yes No
Create and save custom workspace profiles Yes Yes Yes No
Context-sensitive, on-screen How To tab Yes No Yes No
Create professional documents
Smart Sizing and rotating Yes No No No
Presentations with Rostrum Camera for panning and transitioning animations Yes No No No
Spot-colour and process colour-separations Yes Yes Yes No
Design custom colour palettes Yes Yes Yes No
PANTONE® colour libraries Yes Yes Yes No
Blend Modes for creative effects on overlapping objects Yes Yes Yes No
Work with layers to separate objects Yes Yes Yes Yes
Use master pages to easily reproduce design elements Yes No Yes No
Add ready-made artwork to your designs Yes Yes Yes Yes
End-to-end CMYK document support Yes Yes Yes No
Use powerful drawing tools and design features
B-Spline Curves Tool for simpler curve creation Yes No Yes No
Replicate Tool for easy creation of Repeating objects in columns and rows Yes No No No
Flooding areas between intersecting curves Yes Yes Yes No
Vector Pattern fills Yes Yes Yes No
Contours for cool tiered effects Yes Yes Yes Yes
AutoTrace Studio for instantly converting images to vector Yes Yes Yes Yes
Draw using editable QuickShapes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shape Builder Tool for merging shapes Yes Yes No No
Targeted insert for drawing in front of, inside and behind objects Yes Yes No No
Blend Tool for blending objects together Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blend along a custom path Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-level Solo Mode for isolating objects Yes Yes No Yes
Instantly convert 2D objects into 3D Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create pseudo-3D artwork by drawing across planes Yes Yes Yes No
Shadow Tool for adding shadow to objects Yes No Yes Yes
Professional Filter Effects Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-destructive Graphic Styles for pre-set effects Yes Yes No No
Set a drawing scale Yes No Yes Yes
Connector Tool for annotating charts, diagrams and plans Yes No Yes No
Dimension tool for displaying distance Yes Yes Yes No
Pixel Grid for pixel-perfect editing Yes Yes Yes No
Paint naturally
Paint with realistic natural brushes and media Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pressure Studio for calibrating graphics tablets Yes No No No
Spray brushes for adding photo-realistic effects Yes Yes Yes No
Edit and enhance images
Essential Image editing tools Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-destructive photo adjustments and effects Yes No Yes Yes
Transform images into art Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Cutout Studio for extracting backgrounds Yes No Yes Yes
Design artistic text and layouts
Realtime font previewing Yes No Yes Yes
OpenType font support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Super/subscript support Yes Yes Yes No
Multi-lingual spell check Yes Yes Yes No
Wrap text around objects Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flow text along a custom path Yes Yes Yes Yes
Make animations
Create keyframe and stopframe animations Yes No Stopframe Only Yes
Supports onion skinning for viewing previous frames Yes No No No
Share and collaborate
EPS export Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF import and editing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export animations as SWF, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV Yes No No SWF and AVI only
Supersampling for high quality exports Yes Yes No No
SVG import and export Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import Adobe® Photoshop® File Import Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import Adobe® Illustrator® and EPS files Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF/X export Yes Yes Yes No
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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.

Great support

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