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Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

with Jay Nelson

Video: Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts

For many users the fine control over typography in QuarkXPress is the reason they use it. In this movie, we'll quickly go into the Typographic Preferences and explain them and we'll also look at OpenType features and how you use them in QuarkXPress. Like all the preferences in QuarkXPress, if you make an adjustment to the preferences while our project is open, those adjustments are going to effect that project, while if you make it while no project is open, the changes you make to Preferences will effect all new projects you create after you have made those changes to the Preferences. Because this document is open, I'm going to go to QuarkXPress Preferences and any changes I make will only affect this project.
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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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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training
8h 6m Beginner Jul 29, 2009

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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the QuarkXPress interface
  • Building a new layout and working with master pages
  • Using long document features to streamline workflow
  • Building QuarkXPress 8 documents with Adobe and Microsoft files
  • Creating custom styles using typography and picture effects
  • Collaborating in real time with other users
  • Exporting finished projects to PDF, Flash, and the web
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
QuarkXPress
Author:
Jay Nelson

Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts

For many users the fine control over typography in QuarkXPress is the reason they use it. In this movie, we'll quickly go into the Typographic Preferences and explain them and we'll also look at OpenType features and how you use them in QuarkXPress. Like all the preferences in QuarkXPress, if you make an adjustment to the preferences while our project is open, those adjustments are going to effect that project, while if you make it while no project is open, the changes you make to Preferences will effect all new projects you create after you have made those changes to the Preferences. Because this document is open, I'm going to go to QuarkXPress Preferences and any changes I make will only affect this project.

The first thing I want to draw your attention to is under Application, Input Settings, Smart Quotes and the Format for the quotes. By default, Smart Quotes are turned on. What that means is as you type, when you hit the little apostrophe character or the quote character, instead of it being a simple straight up and down line, it will used the correct curly quotes that are built into the font. So you'd have an opening curly quote at the beginning, a closing curly quote at the end. What those quotes look like is controlled right here under Format.

In some languages, you will use this format, but if you are typing in other languages you may need to use some of these other formats and this is where you can control that. The other place you want to control your Type Preferences is down under the Print Layout, Character and Paragraph. Under Character, you control the way QuarkXPress formats text when you've applied particular effects to them. So when you choose Superscript as an effect under the Character attributes tab of the Measurements palette, it will do this to those characters.

Same as Subscript and Superior and Small Caps. Now if you make any changes to these and save your project file, those changes go along with the project file. So the next time you open it, and you say apply new Small Caps, they'll be formatted the way you intended them to when you change the preferences here. Here you can control the Ligatures. Common Ligatures are fi, fl, and ffi and ffl, and what it does it replaces those sequences of characters with one specific special character in the font known as the Ligature.

In any case, this is where you control whether that ligature will break at the end of line or not. Down here you control whether the kerning from the font is going to be applied to the text in the document and at what size. And you also turn on and off the Accents for small caps and control the Flex Space Width, which we'll talk about in another movie, and whether you are using a standard Em Space or not and again we'll talk about that later on. But for now, I'm going to cancel out of this and move on to the OpenType features that QuarkXPress has. Now as we know there are basically three different typeface file formats that you might be running into and Quark will show them to you in your Font menus.

O indicates OpenType, TT is TrueType. If we had a PostScript font, it would be an A in red. But what I want to draw your attention to are this OpenType fonts that have Pro at the end, because OpenType can be either a simple TrueType or PostScript fonts sort of wrapped in an OpenType Wrapper in which case it doesn't have any additional features over the TrueType or PostScript fonts that it came from. Or the font can be built in a very complex and interactive way, and include all kinds of magic features that OpenType is capable of providing.

Commonly, you'll see the word Pro at the end of a font that has those extra features. So here is an OpenType font from Adobe that has Pro and I know that it has extra features in it, whereas here is an OpenType font up here that doesn't say Pro and so it probably doesn't have those extra features. But there is no rule about the naming of these fonts. Adobe likes to use Pro, other font companies may use different terms or not at all. But right now, let's explore with some of these extra features are in Garamond Premier Pro, which you may have if you have Creative Suite 4 installed on your computer.

I am going to select all the text in this text box right here and then under the Font menu, I'll choose Adobe Garamond Premier Pro. When I do that, many of the features under this O for OpenType menu appear and the way this works is like this. Any feature that has brackets around it like this one are not included in that font. An OpenType font can contain all or none of the advanced OpenType features. In this case, this font does not include Swashes, which are those big squishy things that go up underneath capital letters.

It doesn't include Titling Alternates or Localized Forms. Now I'll leave that to you to look up what all those things mean and they are defined in the QuarkXPress Help File, which is remarkably useful. If you want to apply one of these features to the text that you've currently got selected in OpenType font, you just let go next to it and a little checkmark will appear. So I'll do that now and watch what happens to the text. It made it all small caps. And these are true small caps, the small caps that are built into the OpenType font and designed to look the way they should with the rest of the font.

One OpenType feature you might find yourself using pretty often are fractions. That's important to remember that when you apply any of these options to text, it applies to all the text that's currently selected. So if you are going to apply a fraction, you want to select just a fraction. For example, I could type 1/3 in here, and when I select the 1/3 and I go down here and choose Fractions, it becomes a true pretty fraction from the font that we are using. Knowing where to control the Typographic Preferences is essential, if you are running into projects that other people have created or if you are working with an art director that really has a fine typographic eye.

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