QuarkXPress 6 for Dummies


  • Get a quick handle on the new features of QuarkXPress 6, including Mac OS X and Windows XP compatibility, enhanced undo functionality, full-resolution previews, and new ways to manage complex projects
  • Written by designers for designers, covering all the major tools for layout, text editing, special effects, Web page development, and printing in simple, easy-to-understand language
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  • Get a quick handle on the new features of QuarkXPress 6, including Mac OS X and Windows XP compatibility, enhanced undo functionality, full-resolution previews, and new ways to manage complex projects
  • Written by designers for designers, covering all the major tools for layout, text editing, special effects, Web page development, and printing in simple, easy-to-understand language
  • Enables both beginning and intermediate designers to start using the program quickly
  • From two highly qualified authors: Barbara Assadi, former manager of Quark, Inc.’s Editorial Services department, and Galen Gruman, a desktop publishing pioneer and former executive editor of Macworld
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While aimed at beginners, Dummies also highlights new features in Quark v.6for up-graders seeking to brush up their skills. Clear prose, step-by-step instructions, tips and warnings make this a useful guide; sidebars and brief notes on "technical stuff" provide additional information without overwhelming novices. Content ranges from a basic introduction to the interface up through creating web projects and indexes. Covering both the Windows and Mac versions, this is a good purchase for all public libraries and those seeking to replace older guides (see Computer Media, LJ 9/11/02). (Library Journal, November 1, 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764525933
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,502,011
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Assadi is cofounder and principal of BayCreative, aSan Francisco marketing services agency.

Galen Gruman is a former Macworld editor and a desktoppublishing pioneer.

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QuarkXPress6 For Dummies

By Barbara Assadi Galen Gruman

John Wiley & Sons

Copyright © 2003

[Barbara Assadi, Galen Gruman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7645-2593-X

Chapter One

Introducing QuarkXPress

* * *

In This Chapter

* Discovering menus, dialog boxes, and keyboard shortcuts

* Using the Tool palette and Measurements palette

* * *

When desktop publishing arrived in the 1980s, anyone could be a publisher.
Anyone with a message could put it on paper and send it to the
world, which revolutionized society in general (and business in particular).
If you're about to use or are already using QuarkXPress, you, too, are taking
up the cause.

QuarkXPress has become the most used desktop publishing software in
the world. Professionals have made QuarkXPress the corporate standard for
magazine, newspaper, and catalog publishing. It is also an effective book-publishing
tool, thanks to its capability to index documents, and to create
tables of contents and multichapter books.

The folks at Quark have upped the ante again with the release of
QuarkXPress 6. This latest version, for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP,
lets you

  •   Combine print and Web layouts in the same project
  •   Change your mind with the new multipleundo/redo capability
  •   Synchronize text so that a change in one text box automatically happens
    in corresponding text boxes elsewhere
  •   Convert print files to HTML format
  •   Create PDF files without using additional software
  •   See full-resolution previews of pictures in your projects
  •   Make production easier with layer locking, paste in place, and more
    contextual menus
  •   Make two-position rollovers and cascading menus for Web pages
  •   Gain more control over Web text display through CSS font families

You may feel a little daunted by QuarkXPress. Relax. In this book, we walk
you through the program to familiarize you with all it has to offer. You may be
intimidated by projects and layouts or by the vast layers of panes, palettes,
tools, and menus you see. Don't be. Working with QuarkXPress is like working
with a new person at the office. Things may be awkward at first, but after you
get to know each other, you find you can do great things together.

The Big Picture

QuarkXPress is a page layout program. You can use it to compose, or lay out,
print and Web pages. You don't have to be a professional publisher to use
QuarkXPress; it works for simple documents, such as letters and flyers that
you print out by using your desktop printer. But it's powerful enough to
handle high-end projects, like annual reports, magazines, and ads, and is
used for such projects by professional publishers and designers around
the world.

The paste-up method

QuarkXPress uses a paste-up metaphor for page design. It's ideal for creating
text and graphic element blocks, placing them on a page, then resizing and
positioning them until you're happy. First, you set up the basic project framework,
including the page size and orientation, margins, and columns. You fill
that framework with boxes that have text, boxes that contain pictures, and
with lines. Figure 1-1 shows a simple page layout in QuarkXPress.

Items and content

QuarkXPress makes a distinction between items and content.

Items are things you draw on a page - squares, circles, lines, and wavy
shapes - and then modify by filling them with color, changing their size or
position, and the like. The primary items in QuarkXPress are picture boxes
and text boxes, but lines, text paths, and tables are also used. You can import
text and graphical content into some of these items.

Content is text and pictures. (QuarkXPress calls any imported graphic a
picture, whether the graphic is a logo, chart, line drawing, or photograph.)
Content is always placed within an item. You can have items without content
but you cannot have content without items.

Projects and layouts

Before QuarkXPress 6, the program's basic layout element was the document.
Now document has been replaced by project, and the difference is significant.
True, a QuarkXPress project can include a print document - such as a report
or a book chapter - but it can also contain multiple print and Web documents.
These documents are all stored in the same file, which is the project.

Inside each project are its layouts. A layout is a set of pages that have the
same basic page setup (such as two-sided, 8 1/2 in-by-10 7/8 pages) and content
type (print or Web).

Designers like the project/layout concept because it lets them group related
components into one file rather than having separate files for a single project.
Consider some applications: A print magazine that has a foldout table in an
article no longer needs a separate document for the foldout, with its different
page settings. A company that creates print and Web versions of its annual
report now has both versions in the same file for consistency. A business
report can combine two-sided pages with single-page chapter dividers.

Pages and layers

Each project in QuarkXPress is made of pages. Depending on how you've
set up the project, the pages may be side-by-side in spreads and may indicate
margins and columns visually by blue lines. Usually, each page in a document
is a page in a printed piece. You can also have multiple pages on a page, such
as a page of business cards. Some pages in a project can be Web pages.

You can create layers for pages. These layers function like clear overlays that
you can show, hide, and print as necessary. A layer applies to all the pages in
a layout. Layers are handy for storing two different versions of text or graphics
in the same document. They're also good for isolating so you can work on
them without being distracted by other items on a page.

A Familiar Interface

When you first sit down at your computer to start using QuarkXPress, you'll
no doubt notice that its interface bears a strong resemblance to that used by
other Windows and Macintosh programs. If you use other programs, you
already know how to use QuarkXPress components, such as file folders,
document icons, and the menus at the top of the project window.

To create a project, choose File->New->Project. To open an existing project,
choose File->Open. The program displays a window similar to the ones
shown in Figure 1-2.

This book is for both Windows and Macintosh users. We use Mac screen
shots, except where the QuarkXPress versions have significant differences.
In those cases we show screens from both, as in Figure 1-2.

A project displayed in either Windows or Macintosh has these elements:

  •   The Ruler Origin box lets you reset and reposition the ruler origin, which
    is the point at which the side and top rulers are 0 (zero).
  •   The name of the open project and layout appears on the title bar, located
    below the menu bar on the Mac and above the menu bar in Windows.
    You can move the project window around in the screen display area by
    clicking and dragging the title bar.
  •   If you have reduced or enlarged a project, clicking the green Zoom box
    on the Mac, at the top-left corner of the project window, returns to its
    previous size. In Windows, click the Restore box, at the top-right corner
    of the project window.
  •   You can make a project all but disappear by minimizing it. To minimize
    a project, click the Minimize box in the document's title bar. On the Mac,
    it's the yellow button at top left: in Windows, it's the box with a horizontal
    line in it at top right.
  •   The vertical and horizontal rulers on the left and top of the window
    reflect the measurement system currently in use.
  •   The pasteboard is an area around the page. You can store text boxes, picture
    boxes, or lines on the pasteboard. Pasteboard items do not print.
  •   QuarkXPress displays a shadow around the page on the Mac, and a line
    around the page in Windows. These borders indicate the page edges.
  •   If you select Automatic Text Box in the New dialog box (accessed by
    choosing File->New->Project and choosing Print from the Default Layout
    pop-up menu), the first page of the new project has a text box.
  •   The View Percent field shows the magnification level of the page that's
    currently displayed. Press Control+V on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+V in
    Windows to highlight the View Percent field. To change the magnification
    level, enter a value between 10 and 800 percent in the field; then
    press the Return key on a Mac or the Enter key on Windows (or just
    click elsewhere on the screen).
  •   Switch pages by using the page pop-up at the lower-left corner of the
    QuarkXPress project window. To use this pop-up, click the triangle.
  •   Use the scroll bars, boxes, and arrows to shift the page around within the
    project window.

If you hold down the Option or Alt key while you drag the scroll box, the
view of the page is refreshed as you scroll the page.

  •   Close a project by clicking its Close box (the red close button at the
    upper-left corner of your open project window on the Mac; in Windows,
    the box that contains an X in the upper-right corner of the open window).

Macs also have the shortcut X+W; in Windows, use Alt+F4.


The menu bar appears across the top of the project window. To display a
menu, click the menu's title. From the menu, you can choose any of the active
menu commands. QuarkXPress displays inactive menu commands with
dimmed (grayed-out) letters. When commands are dimmed, it means that
these commands are not currently available to you - they're inactive.

To choose one of the active menu commands, hold down the mouse button
as you slide through the menu selections. (You can skip using menus by
using the keyboard equivalents for menu selections instead. Keyboard equivalents
are displayed to the right of the command names in the menu.)

If an arrow appears to the right of a menu command, QuarkXPress displays
a second, associated menu when you choose that command. Sometimes this
secondary menu appears automatically when you highlight the first menu
command. Just click the arrow to make the submenu appear. Figure 1-3 shows
the Style menu and the secondary menu that appears when you choose the
Size menu command.

Dialog boxes

Some menu commands are followed by a series of dots called an ellipsis (...).
If you choose a menu command whose name is followed by an ellipsis, a
dialog box appears. Dialog boxes give you a great deal of control over how
QuarkXPress applies specific features or functions to your project.

Some dialog boxes also contain submenus. If a menu has a submenu associated
with it, an arrowhead appears to the right of the menu entry. In addition
to submenus, pop-up menus appear when you make certain selections in a
dialog box. Figure 1-4 shows a pop-up menu for text alignment.

QuarkXPress uses panes, a type of dialog box that merges several dialog
boxes into one. In fact, you often see six or seven of these panes (similar
to a file folder in an office cabinet) in a single dialog box. Like the file folders
in an office cabinet, these panes organize a large amount of stuff in one tidy
spot. Click a pane's tab (it looks just like a paper folder's tab), and the pane
comes to the forefront, showing you the options for that pane. You see
three tabs (Formats, Tabs, and Rules) on top of the dialog box shown in
Figure 1-4.

Keyboard shortcuts

You can select some QuarkXPress functions through pull-down menus, some
through palettes, some through keyboard shortcuts, and some through all
three options. Most new users use menus. As you become comfortable, you
can save time by using the other options (particularly keyboard shortcuts).

You can download our free, printable list, in PDF format, of keyboard shortcuts
from this book's companion Web site, QXcentral.com.

Want to move from page one of a layout to page three? You can change
pages by choosing Go To from the Page menu, or you can use the keyboard
shortcut: Press and hold the Command key (X) or Ctrl key while you press
the J key. In this book, we write this combination like this: X+J or Ctrl+J. The
Macintosh shortcut appears first, followed by the Windows shortcut. If the
platforms use the same shortcut, we list the shortcut just once.

In most cases, the Mac's X key and the Windows Ctrl key are the same, as are
the Mac's Option key and the Windows Alt key. Shift is the same on both,
whereas the Control key exists only on the Mac and has no Windows equivalent.
The Mac's Return key is the same as the Windows Enter key. (Some Mac
keyboards call this key Enter and some Windows keyboards call this key
Return - no matter what it's called on your keyboard, don't confuse it with
the keypad Enter key on the numeric keypad. To avoid confusion, we say
Return or Enter for the key that inserts a new paragraph or activates a command,
and we say keypad Enter for the key on the numeric keypad.)

The Tool and Measurements Palettes

One of the coolest features of the QuarkXPress interface is its set of palettes,
which let you perform a wide range of functions on a layout without having
to access pull-down menus. Like contextual menus and keyboard shortcuts,
palettes are huge timesavers, and you'll undoubtedly find yourself using
them all the time. Without a doubt, the Tools palette (see Figure 1-5) and the
Measurements palette are the most commonly used. In fact, you'll probably
keep these two palettes open all the time. You can find both palettes by
choosing Window->Show Tools and Window->Show Measurements. The
following text describes the contents of the two palettes.

The Tools palette

To use a tool on the palette, you first need to activate the tool. To activate a
tool, simply click it. Depending on which tool you select, the cursor takes on
a different look to reflect the function the tool performs. When you click the
Linking tool, for example, the cursor looks like links in a chain.

Throughout the book, we explain in detail many of the functions you can perform
with the Tools palette. The following sections are brief descriptions.

Item tool

The Item tool controls the size and positioning of items. In other words, when
you want to change the shape, location, or presence of a text box, picture
box, or line, you use the Item tool. (We discuss text boxes, picture boxes, and
the like in detail later in this book.)


Excerpted from QuarkXPress6 For Dummies
by Barbara Assadi Galen Gruman
Copyright © 2003 by [Barbara Assadi, Galen Gruman.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Introducing QuarkXPress.

Chapter 2: Have It Your Way.

Chapter 3: Boxes and Text Unite!

Chapter 4: A Picture Is Worth.

Chapter 5: Getting Tricky with Boxes.

Part II: Adding Style and Substance.

Chapter 6: You’ve Got Real Style.

Chapter 7: Working with Special Characters.

Chapter 8: Devil in the Details.

Chapter 9: A Touch of Color.

Chapter 10: Understanding XTensions.

Chapter 11: Outputting Projects.

Part III: The Picasso Factor.

Chapter 12: Using QuarkXPress as an Illustration Tool.

Chapter 13: Other Controls for Managing Items.

Chapter 14: Warped Images.

Chapter 15: Text as Art.

Part IV: Going Long and Linking.

Chapter 16: Building Books and Standardized Layouts.

Chapter 17: Making Lists and Indexes.

Part V: Taking QuarkXPress to the Web.

Chapter 18: Web Projects: An Overview.

Chapter 19: Getting Your Site Up and Running.

Part VI: Guru in Training.

Chapter 20: Customizing QuarkXPress.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: The Ten Most Common Mistakes.

Chapter 22: More Than Ten Terms to Know.


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