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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.
Formatting a table in QuarkXPress can be a beautiful experience and that's because you can use all of Quark's advanced Formatting tools on every part of your table. So your table is just a collection of boxes and lines, so anything you can do to a box and anything you can do to a line, you can do to a table. Let's have a look at this unformatted table over here on the left. I'm going to zoom in, so that we can see what we are doing and to do that, I'm just holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys and dragging. And then to format a cell, you need to select the cell. Now the Item tool is going to select the whole table.
So, what I need is the Content tool and click into one of the cells that you want to format, or you can select an entire row like we did before and format it at the same time. Let's say we wanted this whole row of text to be formatted according to this style sheet over here, called Table head. All we do is click on it and now it's formatted the way we wanted as a Table head. If we want to change its colors, we can do that just like any box in QuarkXPress. We can choose the Text Color button here and make it Blue. We can change the box color itself to purple or red and we can even apply a blend of any of the kinds that XPress provides.
We can change its shade. We can change its opacity so the things behind it show through, etcetera. Now the table box, which is the entire table itself, has its own attributes. So for example, if we wanted to put a drop shadow on it, we just go to the Drop Shadow tab in the Measurements palette and click Apply Drop Shadow. Now we have a drop shadow. We can assign a color to the background of the table or to the frame as well, but we have just as much control down here under the Table Grid tab. Here, we can choose whether we want the grid which are the lines that separate the cells and the outside edge of the table.
We can control the width and the style of the lines, the color, the transparency and the shade. These icons down here indicate what it is we are selecting to make changes to. We can select everything in the table. We can select only the vertical lines in it or only the horizontal lines. If you are going to be designing a lot of tables that share attributes, the quickest way to do that is to change the defaults of the Table tool. So, if I double-click on the Table tool, it brings up the defaults. Click on the Table, click on Modify and now, we can change all those things that we were just working on.
We can change the Color of the box, we can change its Frame, turn Runaround on or off, change the Cell Sizes and Colors, create default Text Attributes, Picture Attributes and Grid Colors. If we then click on OK, then we've changed the defaults and every time we create a new table after that using the Table tool, it will take on those attributes. Now, this kind of formatting may be as far as you need to go, the text, the boxes, the lines, but sometimes your tables are even more complex. You may have to split them across pages or add repeating headers and footers.
We'll look at how to do that in the next movie.
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