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Building picture effects

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Building picture effects

I think the Picture Effects feature in QuarkXPress is incredibly cool. It lets you make edits to pictures on QuarkXPress pages that otherwise you'd have to go back to Photoshop to do. This picture here, for example, I'm going to zoom in on, started out as a color image. The little icon in the corner indicates that a picture effect has been applied to it. If I go to the Window menu and choose Picture Effects, we can see what was done to it. I'll get the Picture Content tool to select the picture right now, because it's in a group and click on it.

Building picture effects

I think the Picture Effects feature in QuarkXPress is incredibly cool. It lets you make edits to pictures on QuarkXPress pages that otherwise you'd have to go back to Photoshop to do. This picture here, for example, I'm going to zoom in on, started out as a color image. The little icon in the corner indicates that a picture effect has been applied to it. If I go to the Window menu and choose Picture Effects, we can see what was done to it. I'll get the Picture Content tool to select the picture right now, because it's in a group and click on it.

Now we can see that a Desaturate effect has been applied to that picture. If we turn it off, we can see the original image. But Desaturate is just one of many, many effects you can apply to a picture. In fact, QuarkXPress surveyed their users and ask them what are the reasons you need to go back to Photoshop to make changes to an image, and then they incorporated the 80% most common changes right here in the Picture Effects palette. The effects are bit-for-bit identical to what you'd get in Photoshop, but you don't have to switch to Photoshop and you don't have to save a new version of your file with the effects applied to it.

Imagine being able to use this picture throughout your document, making it grayscale in some places, color in others, any of these Levels, Curves and other changes made to it, and even with these filters applied to it. Again, you only have to keep track of that one original picture. The effects are applied as you output the project. Let's see what our choices are in the Picture Effects palette. The first column are what they call adjustments. These include things like Levels and Curves, Brightness and Contrast, etcetera.

The second column are filters. They include things like Gaussian Blur, Unsharp Mask, Emboss and the rest of these. If you've applied a sequence of picture effects to an image and really like it, you can save it as a Preset here, and then later on another picture, you can load it here. As I mentioned before, these are non-destructive edits to pictures. So after you've applied a Picture Effect, you can always go back and edit it with this button. You can remove effects here with the Trashcan icon and once you've applied a few effects, for example, we can change the Levels to something different. Click on OK.

You can then go back in and readjust the order in which these effects are applied to your image, just by dragging them up and down in the palette. If you click the little Disclosure triangle next to an effect, it'll tell you what it did and again, you can click the Edit button to go back in and change those in a different way. Now the Picture Effects palette has an additional helpful feature down here. If you mouse over any place in your picture, it will tell you the values of the pixel under your cursor.

This can be really handy when trying to pick out a color to create in QuarkXPress, to coordinate with a photo you have in the image. Let me zoom out and go to one of these colors here. Let's say I wanted this green. Well, all I need to do is apply any picture effect, even if it doesn't make any changes at all. For example, Levels is a good one. Just leave it unchanged. Click OK. Now the Info palette becomes available. As I mouse over any color here, it shows me what it's made of in RGB and CMYK.

So I can then go to my Colors palette and create a new color that matches this green. But let's say we've made a change to this picture that we do want to keep. I've already mentioned that this is a non-destructive process, meaning that the file on the hard drive has been unchanged. But what if you'd like what you've got and you want to share it with somebody else? You can export this picture into a new picture file with all the changes made to it. To do that, you can either go to the File menu and choose Save Picture > Selected Picture, and then keep all these changes that are listed here, or when you're doing a Collect for Output, there is a tab in there called Vista, and that allows you to save these Picture Effects to the files as you're collecting them for output.

I've heard a number of people say, why would you want to do image editing in QuarkXPress? Why don't you just do it in Photoshop? Well, like I said at the beginning of this movie, first of all, you only have to keep track of one picture file, no matter how many changes you've made to it. Secondly, you're working within the context of the page itself. So that if you need it to make this picture a little bit greener, or a little bit bluer, or a little bit pinker to coordinate with the other items on the page, you can do it right here and see the results as you're making the changes. To me, that's a huge benefit in a Page Layout program and I encourage you to explore the Picture Effects palette whenever you can.

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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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