QuarkXPress For Dummies

Book description

Take the kinks out of working with QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress still remains one of the top tools for layout and design projects, even thirty years after it made its debut. This full-color, hands-on guide is here to help you take the guesswork out of using this powerful tool to create stunning print or digital designs. In QuarkXPress For Dummies, you'll find information on the latest changes to QuarkXPress, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance on using the tools built into the software to aid in designing and outputting visual product, and quick solutions to common Quark problems when you get stuck.

QuarkXPress dominated the page layout world for decades. It's stuck around thanks to how it readily adapts to customer needs. This new version contains updates and features driven solely by customer feedback. That responsiveness is luring new and former users to the fold.  That resurgence in the design community has Quark users clamoring for an authoritative book on how to use it to its fullest. Created in partnership with the pros at Quark, this is the book for new and experienced QuarkXPress users looking to make sense of the latest version.

  • Offers unbeatable tricks for working with text
  • Provides guidance on managing larger design projects
  • Includes tips on how to correct mistakes

Take a tour of the palettes, add style to your work, and make QuarkXPress work for you!

Table of contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with QuarkXPress
      1. Chapter 1: Meeting QuarkXPress 2016
        1. Understanding What QuarkXPress Does
        2. Getting a Feel for What’s New in QuarkXPress 2016
        3. Introducing the Big Features in Recent Versions
        4. Managing Your Files
      2. Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Interface
        1. Getting a Feel for the Application Interface
        2. Surveying the Project Interface
        3. Marching through the Menus
        4. Using Context Menus
        5. Mastering Palettes
        6. Organizing with View Sets
        7. Visualizing with Output Preview
        8. Zooming around Your Layout
        9. Moving through pages
        10. Using Split Views
        11. Switching among Layouts
      3. Chapter 3: Creating Items
        1. Using the Item and Content Tools
        2. Creating Boxes
        3. Creating Lines and Arrows
        4. Building Bézier Boxes and Lines
        5. Applying Frames, Dashes, and Stripes
        6. Creating Text Paths
        7. Converting Text to Outlines for Special Effects
        8. Using ShapeMaker to Generate Boxes and Lines
        9. Converting PDF, EPS, or Adobe Illustrator Files to Native QuarkXPress Items
        10. Converting Objects from InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Other Apps to Native QuarkXPress Items
      4. Chapter 4: Working with Items
        1. Selecting Items
        2. Manipulating Items
        3. Using Super Step & Repeat for Super Duplication
        4. Cloning Items with Cloner
        5. Scaling Items or Layouts, Intelligently
        6. Stacking, Grouping, and Aligning Items
        7. Illuminating the Layers Palette
        8. Getting Guidance from Rulers and Guides
        9. Merging and Splitting Items
        10. Finding and Changing Item Attributes
        11. Using Item Styles
        12. Storing Items in Libraries
      5. Chapter 5: Building a Layout
        1. Making and Using Master Pages
        2. Modifying Page Size and Margins (If You Dare)
        3. Numbering Pages in Sections
        4. Creating a “Continued on Page …” Jump Line
      6. Chapter 6: Building a Book
        1. Starting a Book
        2. Working with Chapters
        3. Generating a Table of Contents
        4. Creating an Index
        5. Using Footnotes and Endnotes
      7. Chapter 7: Share and Share Alike: Syncing and Collaborating
        1. Sharing and Synchronizing Items
        2. Using Composition Zones
        3. Understanding Job Jackets
    4. Part 2: Speaking in Text
      1. Chapter 8: Creating Text Boxes
        1. Understanding Why You Need Text Boxes
        2. Deciding Which Is Best: Manual or Automatic?
        3. Creating a Text Box Manually
        4. Changing the Shape and Appearance of a Text Box
        5. Controlling the Position of Text in Its Box
        6. Linking and Unlinking Text Boxes
        7. Importing Text
        8. Exporting Text
      2. Chapter 9: Formatting Characters
        1. Learning the Basics of Typography
        2. Discovering and Replacing Fonts Used in Your Document
        3. Choosing to Use the Measurements Palette
        4. Applying Special Effects
        5. Inserting Special Characters
        6. Setting Typographic Preferences
        7. Controlling Text Greeking
        8. Working with Language Features
      3. Chapter 10: Formatting Paragraphs
        1. Formatting Paragraphs: The Basics
        2. Formatting Paragraphs: Getting Fancy
        3. Copying Formatting with the Format Painter
        4. Styling with Style Sheets
        5. Formatting Magic with Conditional Styles
      4. Chapter 11: Editing Text
        1. Finding and Changing Text or Attributes
        2. Using the Spelling Checker
        3. Using the Story Editor to Edit Text
        4. Using Content Variables
        5. Tracking Changes with Redline
        6. Using Notes
    5. Part 3: Communicating with Graphics
      1. Chapter 12: Making Tables
        1. Building a Table
        2. Working with Tables
      2. Chapter 13: Adding Pictures
        1. Importing a Picture
        2. Using ImageGrid to Import a Folder of Pictures
        3. Working with Pictures
        4. Adding a Drop Shadow
        5. Managing Pictures
        6. Controlling Layers, Channels, and Paths in Photoshop Documents
        7. Creating a QR Code in QuarkXPress
        8. Exporting Pictures
        9. Greeking Picture Previews
        10. Suppressing Output of Pictures
      3. Chapter 14: When Text Met Graphics
        1. Wrapping Text around Other Items
        2. Anchoring Items inside the Text Flow
        3. Creating and Configuring Callouts
      4. Chapter 15: Making a Colorful Page
        1. Describing Color
        2. Specifying Color
        3. Creating Color Blends
        4. Adjusting Opacity (Transparency)
        5. Adding Colors from Imported Pictures
        6. Managing and Proofing Colors
    6. Part 4: Getting Ready for Your Big Debut
      1. Chapter 16: Prepping to Print
        1. Understanding the Print Dialog Box
        2. Creating an Output Style
        3. Working with a Commercial Printer
        4. Troubleshooting Your Print Results
      2. Chapter 17: Going Digital: PDF, Hyperlinks, ePUB, and HTML5 Animations
        1. Exporting Pages as Images
        2. Exporting to PDF
        3. Using Interactive PDF Features
        4. Creating and Editing PDF Output Styles
        5. Fixing Common PDF File Problems
        6. Creating Hyperlinks
        7. Understanding Digital Publishing Formats
        8. Creating Projects for ePub, Kindle, HTML5, and App Studio
        9. Adding Interactivity to Digital Layouts
        10. Publishing to ePub and Kindle
        11. Creating HTML5 Publications
    7. Part 5: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 18: Ten QuarkXPress Workflow Resources
        1. Quark’s Free QuarkXPress Document Converter
        2. App Studio
        3. Key Commands for Tools
        4. XTensions That Will Blow Your Mind
        5. Other Affordable Workflow Tools
        6. AppleScripts (Mac Only)
        7. Documentation from Quark
        8. The Skinny on QuarkXPress Tips & Tricks
        9. Online Resources
      2. Chapter 19: Ten Do’s and Don’ts When Using QuarkXPress
        1. Do Talk with Your Commercial Printer
        2. Don’t Use Scroll Bars
        3. Do Temporarily Switch to the Item Tool
        4. Don’t Copy When You Can Share
        5. Do Use the Built-In Calculator
        6. Do Make Style Sheets Quickly
        7. Do Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Size Pictures and Text
        8. Don’t Scale Pictures below the DPI You Need for Output
        9. Do Use Auto-Save and Auto-Backup
        10. Do Customize How QuarkXPress Works
    8. Appendix: Chart of Features Added in QuarkXPress 7 and Up
    9. About the Author
    10. Connect with Dummies
    11. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: QuarkXPress For Dummies
  • Author(s): Jay J. Nelson
  • Release date: December 2016
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119285984