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Because a table in QuarkXPress is really just a collection of boxes and lines, you can put pictures in there as well as text. It really is just as simple as putting a picture in any other picture box in QuarkXPress and you can also do everything to that picture that you can do to a picture in QuarkXPress. As a simple example, let's take this table we've been working on over here and put one of these pictures of the dogs in there. I'm going to zoom in, so that we can see what we're doing. Just holding down the Ctrl +Shift keys and dragging. And I'm thinking, wouldn't it be nice if there's a picture of the product next to the title of the product? That's easy to do.
The first thing we need to do is add a new column to the text to put the pictures in. Just get either one of the Content tools, click on the table, move your mouse up to where you want to be adding a column, click to select it, choose Table > Insert > Column and we'll put it to the left of the selection and say OK. Great, so now we have new column here that we can put pictures in. Now, we can either import the picture into the box or just copy and paste it from somewhere else in our layout. If you want to import a picture into a cell, just click onto the cell, choose File > Import and then navigate to the picture file you want to import.
But since all we want to do is copy this dog picture into this cell, we can click over on to the dog picture, Copy, click into the cell we want to paste it and Paste. Now when you do that, it will come in at the same size that it was before, which is way too big. I have a wonderful keyboard combination I use all the time. It's Command+Option+Shift+F, which is also Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F in Windows, and what that does is fit the picture to the box without stretching it. If you don't do that kind of work a lot and you don't want to remember the Command key, you can just Ctrl or right-click on the picture box and choose Scale Picture To Box and that will do the same thing.
Now, since the picture is oriented tall instead of wide, we can just resize that row so that it's taller. To do that, we can either and drag on the line right below it or we can click outside the table to select the whole row and then change its height down here in the Measurements palette to something more appropriate. Then if we scale the picture to fit the box again, it's a little better. If we're going to have a lot of tall pictures, we can just drag the divider line until it's about right and once again, Scale Picture To Box and it fits in there pretty nicely.
Putting graphics into tables is a commonly overlooked feature, but one that could be extremely useful in situations like this where you've got products and product pictures and while I just focused on sizing the picture to fit the box, don't forget that you can use all of Quark's tools that relate to pictures on pictures in tables.
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