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Adjusting basic printer settings

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting basic printer settings

At first glance Quark's Print dialog looks daunting. Fortunately, it's arranged quite logically with general controls at the top and more specific controls in a list along the left side. Let's have a look at the top most controls. File > Print. The first thing you need to consider is whether you are printing to a PostScript printer or printing to an inkjet printer that doesn't have PostScript built into it. Most desktop inkjet printers do not have PostScript, but some do. If your printer doesn't have PostScript built into it, when you select it from this Printer menu here, these Devices Options will turn gray.

Adjusting basic printer settings

At first glance Quark's Print dialog looks daunting. Fortunately, it's arranged quite logically with general controls at the top and more specific controls in a list along the left side. Let's have a look at the top most controls. File > Print. The first thing you need to consider is whether you are printing to a PostScript printer or printing to an inkjet printer that doesn't have PostScript built into it. Most desktop inkjet printers do not have PostScript, but some do. If your printer doesn't have PostScript built into it, when you select it from this Printer menu here, these Devices Options will turn gray.

That's a good indicator that you might not get the output from that printer that you are expecting. You see, QuarkXPress prefers printing to PostScript printers. In fact, it's optimized for printing PostScript. So if your printer doesn't have PostScript built-in, you are usually better off, canceling out of the Print dialog, exporting a PDF and then printing that PDF within either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Still, it's sometimes worth it to give it a try from within QuarkXPress, because sometimes it works out just the way you need it and you don't have to go through those extra steps. Now let's look through this dialog box.

At the top you choose your printer. Beneath that you can choose a Print Style, which I'll get back to you in just a second. Choose how many Copies you want to print, which Pages you want to print and by the way there are some tricks for that. If you want Pages 1 through 5, you can just type 1-5. If you want to add additional pages, you can type comma and then page 9 for example, print 1 through 5 and page 9 or print 1 through 5 and page 9 through 11. You can use any combination of hyphens and commas to tell XPress to print selections of pages.

XPress also has a little secret trick built-in where, let's just say you want to print from page 9 through the end of the document, you can type in end and that represents whatever page is the last page in your document. Finally, if your document is divided up into sections, just remember that these numbers relate to the numbers on the pages. So if your section starts with page 53, then you will need to type in page 53, if you want to print page 53. Even if it is logically the first page in the document. If you don't want to think about whether it's page 53 or not, just use a plus sign and type the number of the page that you are after.

In other words this +1 would mean please print the first page of my document, I don't care what page number it actually is. If you wanted to print from page 1 through page 10, you would do +1-+10, and that means actual page 1 in the document, the first page, all the way through the tenth page in the document and again, I don't care how, they are numbered. Below that you can choose whether you want just the Odd or Even pages or all them. If you have a facing pages document, you can print the spreads as one page, you can print it from the last page to the first page, instead of the first to last and you can tell it, "please just fit my page into whatever space I've got on my paper" and that's Fit Print Area, but I'll turn that off.

You can also say well, I would like to print it at a certain percentage size. It has some handy built-in presets where you can type in a number that you like. Those are all the basics about printing any document on any printer. You may have noticed that off to the right, there's a proxy that shows you the result of the changes that you are making to these controls. It shows you that your paper is going to feed in that way. It shows you that the device you are using has cut sheets and not a role of paper. It shows you an outline of your page size, the green indicates the area on the page that can have an image on it and the blue indicates the size of the layout that you are printing right now.

We have a little document printing on a letter size sheet of paper. These basic settings are common to every job you will print. In the next movie we'll learn what each of the more advanced controls are for.

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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 17s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. What is QuarkXPress?
      3m 32s
  2. 39m 1s
    1. Getting started
      2m 26s
    2. Managing files in Quark
      9m 52s
    3. Exploring the QuarkXPress interface
      11m 22s
    4. Restoring, reverting, and undoing
      4m 9s
    5. Navigating your layout
      6m 45s
    6. Adding and moving pages
      4m 27s
  3. 51m 57s
    1. Understanding items and contents
      4m 54s
    2. Making boxes and lines
      6m 32s
    3. Putting text on a path
      8m 48s
    4. Moving and locking items
      1m 44s
    5. Resizing, reshaping, rotating, and flipping items
      2m 33s
    6. Duplicating items
      3m 25s
    7. Deleting items
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Bézier Pen tool
      4m 20s
    9. Converting text to boxes
      2m 4s
    10. Understanding relationships between items
      4m 53s
    11. Merging shapes
      2m 1s
    12. Setting item styles
      5m 13s
    13. Using Item Find/Change
      3m 41s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Reviewing the Layers palette
      8m 12s
    2. Utilizing guides and rulers
      4m 16s
    3. Understanding Guide Manager Pro
      5m 24s
    4. Using frames, dashes, and stripes
      4m 57s
    5. Setting libraries
      5m 18s
    6. Appending settings
      2m 48s
  5. 39m 57s
    1. Building a new layout
      3m 40s
    2. Creating projects and layouts
      4m 48s
    3. Working with Master Pages
      2m 44s
    4. Creating automatic text boxes
      3m 15s
    5. Working with Master Pages and Layout Pages
      5m 15s
    6. Making pages
      6m 1s
    7. Modifying your pages
      2m 5s
    8. Using automatic page insertion
      2m 44s
    9. Using automatic page numbering and "continued"
      4m 45s
    10. Working with sections and page numbering
      3m 29s
    11. Building with multipage spreads
      1m 11s
  6. 25m 5s
    1. Navigating through a layout
      1m 49s
    2. Selecting text
      4m 41s
    3. Deleting text
      1m 4s
    4. Changing text case
      59s
    5. Importing text
      4m 39s
    6. Exporting text
      2m 52s
    7. Showing invisible characters
      2m 6s
    8. Using the Glyph panel
      4m 27s
    9. Working with ligatures
      2m 28s
  7. 10m 50s
    1. Finding and changing
      6m 3s
    2. Using Spell Check
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 27s
    1. Understanding basic character formatting
      4m 15s
    2. Setting color, shade, and transparency
      2m 36s
    3. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      3m 55s
    4. Setting kerning and tracking
      7m 38s
    5. Inserting typographic special effects
      7m 53s
    6. Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts
      5m 32s
    7. Finding a missing font
      3m 38s
  9. 29m 29s
    1. Applying basic paragraph formatting
      3m 10s
    2. Applying leading to paragraphs
      5m 7s
    3. Establishing paragraph rules
      3m 4s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 14s
    5. Setting hyphenation and justification
      3m 41s
    6. Understanding widow and orphan control
      3m 54s
    7. Working with hanging characters
      4m 19s
  10. 27m 53s
    1. Linking items together
      3m 58s
    2. Learning about style sheets
      1m 52s
    3. Creating style sheets
      3m 57s
    4. Editing style sheets
      4m 24s
    5. Applying styles
      3m 40s
    6. Deleting styles
      2m 7s
    7. Appending styles
      3m 17s
    8. Using grids
      4m 38s
  11. 22m 55s
    1. Building tables
      3m 19s
    2. Importing Excel tables
      3m 13s
    3. Working with tables
      5m 25s
    4. Formatting tables
      2m 50s
    5. Splitting tables with headers and footers
      3m 19s
    6. Adding graphics
      2m 41s
    7. Converting a table to text or a group
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Building books
      5m 20s
    2. Creating lists
      5m 2s
    3. Building an index
      4m 12s
  13. 23m 18s
    1. Importing pictures
      4m 50s
    2. Working with pictures
      2m 48s
    3. Mastering picture management
      3m 50s
    4. Editing and exporting pictures
      2m 48s
    5. Looking into preview quality and greeking images
      5m 18s
    6. Exporting a page as EPS
      3m 44s
  14. 12m 25s
    1. Working with Photoshop documents
      4m 44s
    2. Understanding the Style menu
      3m 3s
    3. Building picture effects
      4m 38s
  15. 10m 54s
    1. Working with text runaround
      7m 32s
    2. Setting anchored boxes
      3m 22s
  16. 32m 4s
    1. What You See and What You Get
      2m 42s
    2. Describing color
      3m 28s
    3. Specifying color
      7m 13s
    4. Creating color blends
      5m 15s
    5. Setting opacity
      4m 55s
    6. Using color from outside sources
      1m 55s
    7. Understanding color management and proofing
      6m 36s
  17. 15m 8s
    1. Synchronizing items
      3m 11s
    2. Building composition zones
      4m 8s
    3. Working in shared layouts
      2m 25s
    4. Understanding job jackets
      5m 24s
  18. 15m 21s
    1. Collecting for output and exporting
      1m 14s
    2. Adjusting basic printer settings
      3m 39s
    3. Reviewing advanced printer settings
      8m 44s
    4. Establishing print styles
      1m 44s
  19. 16m 10s
    1. Creating and exporting a PDF
      4m 4s
    2. Creating PDF output styles
      1m 44s
    3. Building hyperlinks in interactive PDFs
      4m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks for interactive PDFs
      5m 59s
  20. 20m 58s
    1. Building a web page
      4m 12s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks in a document
      3m 18s
    3. Creating a form for HTML
      2m 54s
    4. Exporting and importing as HTML
      5m 20s
    5. Building Flash projects
      5m 14s
  21. 6m 15s
    1. Working with XTensions
      3m 2s
    2. Scripting in QuarkXPress 8
      3m 13s
  22. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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