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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.
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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