Quark Xpress Essentials

This is a 2 day course for beginners which starts with the basics and builds to an understanding of how you can increase your speed, skill and inventiveness using this great piece of software.

Course Overview

From Concept to Mechanicals
# QuarkXPress and the QuarkXPress environment
# Launching the program
# Tools, menus, and palettes
# The tool palette
# Other tools
# The menu bars
# Other palettes
# Guides, margins, and rulers
# Viewing guides
# Setting guides
# Adjusting and removing guides
# Other guide options
# Understanding the rulers

Working with Files
# Creating a new QuarkXPress document

# Modifying the document setup
# Saving files
# Save options
# Revert to saved
# Other save options
# Navigating QuarkXPress
# Zooming in and out
# Other frequently used shortcuts

Working with Objects
# Creating simple boxes
# Creating lines and shapes
# Modifying shapes and content types
# Editing simple elements
# Modifying with color
# Positioning elements
# Duplicating elements
# Moving items
# Stacking order
# Alignment
# Manipulating elements
# Modify dialog boxes vs. the measurement palette
# Skew, scale, rotate, flip, and move elements
# Applying transformations to figures

Working with Graphics
# Creating basic objects in QuarkXPress. (objects include: polygon, rectangle, circle, lines)
# Modifying graphics by using commands from the Elements menu.
# Crop graphics by using various tools and procedures. (tools include: resizing a frame, Cropping tool, Frame options)
# Colorizing and tinting imported graphics
# Appropriate graphic file format to use

Working with Colour
# Differences between spot and process colors, and the appropriate use for each type
# Understanding when a color would be added to the Colors palette when importing a graphic
# Import colors from another QuarkXPress file by using the Colors palette or the Utilities menu
# Apply colors by using the Colors palette
# Features available in QuarkXPress used for color management.

Working with Text
# Selecting text
# Using cut/copy/delete and pasting text
# Navigating through text blocks
# Overflow icon
# Setting text inset value
# Importing text files
# Pasting text from the clipboard
# Linking text boxes
# Formatting text
# Character attributes dialog box
# Measurement palette
# Horizontal spacing

Paragraph Formatting
# Paragraph formats dialog box
# Rules and paragraph rules
# Setting tabs

Style Sheets
# Character styles
# Paragraph styles
# Creating a new paragraph style sheet
# Edit existing styles
# Using the style sheets palette to apply styles

Images
# Getting images onto the page
# Importing a picture
# Copy/cut and paste pictures
# Scaling imported pictures
# Modifying picture boxes
# Using the measurements palette to scale
# Cropping pictures
# Anchored pictures
# Picture usage
# Status column messages for images
# Locating a picture within a document
# Updating pictures

Master Pages
# Creating elements on master pages
# Headers and footers
# Modifying master page items on document pages
# Reapplying master items

Creating Complex Shapes
# The freehand tools
# The bezier tools
# Anchor points & segments
# Closed and open paths
# Working with curves
# Merging shapes
# Creating text on a path
# Text on circles
# Controlling the position of type on paths

Working with Colours and Frames
# Frames and background colors
# Using the colors palette
# Defining colors blends
# Frames

Working with Text Utilities
# Spell checker
# Dictionaries
# Hyphenation and Justification
# Using find/change
# Double spaces after periods
# Double returns
# Smart quotes
# Optimizing workflows

Printing and Packaging
# Page setup dialog box
# Printing your document

Lesson Plans

Guide Price: POA

Delivery: Distance
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