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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.
If you look around tables exist everywhere or at least in books, magazines, annual reports and other publications. Quark's Table tools make it possible to create the most beautiful, expressive tables you've ever seen. It's easy to import tables from Excel, either formatted or not, and keep them updated in QuarkXPress. Tables in QuarkXPress are actually just collections of QuarkXPress lines and boxes. You can format them anyway you can format a line or a box. In this case, the center rows are filled with a Mid-linear Blend from 100% White to 60% Opaque White.
The top and bottom rows fade from 60% Opaque White to 0% Opacity. The entire table has a Drop Shadow with these attributes. I'll show you how to format the various table attributes in the formatting movie but for right now, let's just see how to create a table. There are several ways to create a table. First, you could use the Table tool, which is right here in the Toolbox. I'm going to go ahead and grab it and scroll over just to get myself some space to work. You can either drag a table out and tell it how many rows and columns you want, and then start typing. Just get the Text Content tool and then click inside and start typing, Item 1, click over here, Description, etcetera, or you can just type text into a text box.
Item 1, Tab, Description, Tab, Price, Return. Every Tab moves it from one cell to the next and the Return says start a new row of cells. I'll make it a little bit bigger and then we'll under the View menu look at Invisible, so we can see the Tab characters in here and the Return here. Let's just duplicate the lines so that we have a few more to work with and now we'll convert the whole thing to a table. Just select all the text, I did a Command+A or Ctrl+A on Windows, Table > Convert Text to Table.
You can keep the defaults or change them around and click on OK. It copies the text box and makes a table out of it. Now these cells don't need to contain only text. They can contain pictures as well. All you have to do is click in the cell you want to put the picture in and choose File > Import, choose a picture file and drop it in. A lot of the operations that you might be performing on a table, you get to either through the Table menu or through the contextual menu by Ctrl-clicking on the table and going to the Table menu there. When you are inside a table, with the Content tool selected, you can quickly move from cell-to-cell by simply pressing Ctrl+Tab and that's on Mac or Windows.
Right now you can see the Cursor right here before the P in Price. To go backwards from cell-to-cell in the table, just add the Shift key, so it becomes Shift+Ctrl+Tab and now I'm in front of the D here and Shift+Ctrl+Tab and I'm at the end of the Item 1. And like I said before a table in QuarkXPress is really just a collection of boxes and lines. That means you can use the linking tool and the unlinking tool if you want to link these boxes in a different order or unlink them from each other. So let's link some together here. And just like regular text boxes, you can link from a text box containing text to a text box not containing text, but you can't link to a box that already has text in it.
If you want to unlink, just select the Unlinking tool and click on the tail of the arrow and now this box is no longer linked to the one below. So that's how you create tables in QuarkXPress. But a lot of people import their data from another source like an Excel spreadsheet. We'll show you how to do that in the next movie.
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