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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.
Once you have your pictures in QuarkXPress picture boxes, you may want to quickly edit them or export them. Well, the quickest way to edit a picture that's in a picture box in QuarkXPress is to simply double-click on it once to get the Content tool and then double-click on it again and click the Edit Original button. Another way to get there is to just Ctrl- click on the picture and choose Edit Original. When you do that, it will then open into whichever application you have assigned in your operating system to open that file type. In this case, I'm on a Mac and by default Preview opens JPEGs. Now I'll close this picture.
Go back to QuarkXPress. So let's say you have edited this picture in QuarkXPress by cropping it and scaling it and possibly even adding Picture Effects such as desaturating or using any of the filters in the Picture Effects window and we'll talk about Picture Effects in other video in this course. So you've done these things to this picture and what you need to do is get that picture out of this document looking exactly the way it looks here. Perhaps you need to hand it off to a web development person and you don't want them to have to resize and re-crop the picture and apply those Picture Effects the way you did, because they need not match what you have done.
All you have to do is select the picture on the page, go to the File menu and choose Save Picture. From there you can choose to save this Selected Picture or All Pictures in Layout. I'll choose Selected Picture and now it gives me options as to what you want it to do to that picture before it saves it. It lists all the changes you have made to the picture. In this case, I have scaled it and cropped it and then you can choose to either keep its resolution or say downsample it 72 dots per inch. If the person you are giving it to might need to re-crop, meaning move it around in the picture box a little bit, you can give it a Bleed.
And that will include a small area around the picture for them to work with. You can change its color mode. You can change its format. You can actually choose to override the original picture file, which is not usually a great idea, but sometimes you might need to and then you can relink that picture file to this layout so that all those changes you made are permanent. Now one thing that's important to realize with this is that you can save pictures that are in Bitmap formats, meaning TIFF, JPEG and other file formats that you can use Picture Effects on.
If you are working with an EPS file like this vector EPS here or this EPS file here that we created from Page 1, those aren't available from the File > Save Picture menu. Instead you can simply drag them to the Desktop. They won't have your cropping or your resizing information but they will be original file just like it was placed into your layout. Being able to export your pictures in exactly the way they look on your page is a tremendously valuable and unique feature to QuarkXPress, because many of us work in collaborative workflows across multiple media and nobody wants to do the same kind of picture editing twice.
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