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Importing pictures

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Video: Importing pictures

Importing pictures into a QuarkXPress project is about as easy and flexible as you can imagine. QuarkXPress supports all the major file formats including Adobe Illustrator, EPS, Native Photoshop, PDF, TIFF, DCS, JPG, the operating system file format such as PICT and Windows Metafile, web file format such as PNG and GIF and even Flash files in the SWF format. Now you can get them on to the page in one of two ways, you can either drag-and-drop them from either the Finder or Windows Explorer or even Adobe Bridge, iPhoto or any other program that supports drag-and-drop or you can create a picture box in QuarkXPress and import it into the picture box.

Importing pictures

Importing pictures into a QuarkXPress project is about as easy and flexible as you can imagine. QuarkXPress supports all the major file formats including Adobe Illustrator, EPS, Native Photoshop, PDF, TIFF, DCS, JPG, the operating system file format such as PICT and Windows Metafile, web file format such as PNG and GIF and even Flash files in the SWF format. Now you can get them on to the page in one of two ways, you can either drag-and-drop them from either the Finder or Windows Explorer or even Adobe Bridge, iPhoto or any other program that supports drag-and-drop or you can create a picture box in QuarkXPress and import it into the picture box.

Let's drag a picture on to this QuarkXPress page. I'm just going to move this over to the right so that I can get some blank space on the pasteboard. I'll get the Item tool and I'll click-and- drag from a Finder window right on to the page. It creates a picture box and puts the picture in it at 100% size. We can do the same thing from Adobe Bridge. Click on the picture, drag it on to the document, and we get a picture box that fits the picture exactly. If you prefer to create the picture box to be the size you wanted first and then import the picture into it, all you do is select either the Picture Content tool over here or this Rectangle Box tool.

Let me scroll out of the way a little more, either way you click-and-drag a picture box to be the size you wanted, say that big and then you go to the File menu and choose Import, which is Command+E on a Mac or Ctrl+E on Windows. Navigate to the file that you want to import, say that one. XPress gives you a lot of information about that picture before you import it. That way you can make sure that it's exactly the one that you wanted. Click Open and the file appears in the picture box.

Now notice that the file does come in at 100% size in a new picture box. It's then up to you to resize and crop it to fit into the picture box the way you want it. Here is the quickest way to do that, Ctrl-click or right-click on the picture, choose Scale Picture To Box and now it fits in it without being stretched either horizontally or vertically, then if you need to, you can fit the box to the picture to cut out any extra space, there. To speed up your page layout process, QuarkXPress imports pictures with a slightly lower resolution preview than you might like.

If you find that when you zoom into a picture, it's not looking quite as sharp as you would like it to, all you of have to do is Control-click or right-click on the picture and choose Preview Resolution > Full. XPress will go out and read that file and bring all the pixels it can into the picture box for the preview so that you can zoom in and see the detail as well as possible. Once you have a picture on a QuarkXPress page, you can also copy and paste that picture into another picture box. So if I make another picture box here, I can then select the picture in this picture box using the Picture Content tool, copy it with Edit > Copy, or Command+C or Ctrl+C, click on the other picture box and paste it.

It comes in at the same scaling, rotation and cropping that the other picture had, so you will probably need to resize it in the new picture box and of course, a picture is just like any other page item, you can select the whole box, Copy it and then Paste it somewhere and you have a duplicate of that picture that functions exactly like the first one and you can do whatever you need to, to it. Now the ability to drag-and-drop in QuarkXPress is not limited to dragging pictures into QuarkXPress.

You can also drag pictures out of QuarkXPress. So for example, if you wanted to edit this JPG picture here, you could drag it right on to the Photoshop icon on the dock or on to the Windows Task bar. When I let go, it switches to Photoshop and opens the file. Similarly, if you have an Adobe Illustrator file in your document, for example, this petstumes logo here, you can drag that directly on to Adobe Illustrator using the Item tool and it will open in Illustrator.

Also, once you have a picture in a picture box in QuarkXPress, you can drag that on to the Desktop and it will make a copy of the original picture file and put it wherever you've told it to go. So this file here is an exact duplicate of the picture file that we dragged in from over here. I really like that Quark created such a flexible way of getting pictures in and out of the layouts because depending on your workflow, it's sometimes easier and better to visually drag-and-drop on to a page and other times it's a lot easier to simply import those pictures into existing picture boxes through the File > Import menu.

Importing pictures into QuarkXPress is such a common thing that it's just great to have all these different options.

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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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