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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.
In many workflows, the EPS graphic file format is the preferred format. EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript and PostScript is the default output format from QuarkXPress. So, to make an EPS file, QuarkXPress basically prints the file to a disc on your hard drive and gives it a preview. EPS files are limited to one page at a time. Therefore, they're perfectly suited for exporting, say, a magazine cover for reuse somewhere in QuarkXPress or in another program. For example, in this project, if we click on the Ad layout, you'll see a miniature version of the cover of this magazine.
That was created by taking this layout and exporting this page as an EPS file. That EPS file was then imported into this picture box and it will print out at full resolution just as if it were the original layout for the front page of this magazine. There are several ways to export a page in EPS format. One way is to click down on this little export arrow and choose Page as EPS. Another way is to Ctrl-click or right- click somewhere on the page where there aren't any items and choose from the Export menu Page as EPS.
You can also do it from the File menu > Export > Page as EPS. When you do that, it prompts you for a location to save the file, but more importantly down here you have an Options button, where you can choose all the different options that you'd like to include or not include in your EPS file. Usually, you'll be choosing standard EPS, but these options are also available. If you click down through each option, you'll notice that they actually look a lot like that ones that are in the Print dialog box. You can scale your EPS, determine what kind of preview to give it, whether you want it to be ASCII, binary or clean 8-bit data.
If there is wide area around the items on your page, whether you want that EPS to include that wide area or be cropped down to just the items on the page. If you're working with a two-page spread, do you want to include both pages or just the one that's currently highlighted? How do you want your color to be represented in that EPS file? Which fonts you want to include in the EPS file as well? If you want any printers' marks around the edges of the EPS file, you determine that here. You can give your EPS file a Bleed, which means that page items that extend beyond the edge of the page will have a certain amount of them included beyond the edge of the page.
You can adjust the resolution of the transparency items that are in your page. If you use an OBI system, you can control it here. If your Job Definition Format file is important for your file, you can include it and you can choose which level of PostScript you'd like to be included in that EPS file as well. If you get part way through this process and you decide you don't want to export your EPS, you can click the Capture Settings button. That will capture all the changes you've made and then cancel out of this whole dialog box. On the other hand, if you've chosen a collection of options that work for this project and might work for additional projects in the future, you can save this collection of EPS settings as a style.
Just choose New EPS Output Style, give it a name. From then on, it appears in the EPS Style popup menu every time you go to export an EPS file. When you select it, it makes all the changes for you. Once you've saved your EPS file, you can use it as any standard EPS file in any program that knows what to do with an EPS file. You can place it on your QuarkXPress page and InDesign page, drop it into Illustrator or even, get this. Open it in Photoshop and rasterize it into a giant bitmap image at any resolution you want.
For that matter, you can open it in Acrobat and make a PDF out of it. In many workflows, EPS files are being replaced by PDFs. But if you have a need for an EPS file, in QuarkXPress it's as easy to make one as it is to print the file.
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