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Looking into preview quality and greeking images

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Looking into preview quality and greeking images

This movie is all about the way pictures display on screen versus how they print out. In any computer program the way pictures look on screen is always a little bit different from how they print out. And in QuarkXPress you can choose to see your pictures in either a lower resolution or a higher resolution and you can print them out at different resolutions as well. By default when you bring a picture into a QuarkXPress picture box, it comes in with a low resolution preview. That's because Quark wants to make it really easy for you to scroll around your page and go from page to page and not have to rely on your graphics card to do too much work.

Looking into preview quality and greeking images

This movie is all about the way pictures display on screen versus how they print out. In any computer program the way pictures look on screen is always a little bit different from how they print out. And in QuarkXPress you can choose to see your pictures in either a lower resolution or a higher resolution and you can print them out at different resolutions as well. By default when you bring a picture into a QuarkXPress picture box, it comes in with a low resolution preview. That's because Quark wants to make it really easy for you to scroll around your page and go from page to page and not have to rely on your graphics card to do too much work.

But if you want your picture previews to look more accurate, all you have to do is tell them you want to see the full resolution preview. Let's zoom in on this little picture right here. At this view percentage it looks kind of okay, but as you zoom in even more you can start to see the pixels. That's because Quark is using a low- resolution preview when you first import the picture. If you Ctrl-click or right-click on the picture, you can choose Preview Resolution and change it to Full Resolution. Watch what happens to the blocky artifacts in the picture. Now you see the real picture displayed in the picture box.

When you save and reopen this document, Quark is going to remember the setting for this picture and always display it at the resolution that you have chosen. Now this picture is what they call a Raster Image or Bitmap. In other words it's like a photograph. But some times you are importing pictures such as this one down here that is more like a logo. Let's say it's from Adobe Illustrator or it is some other EPS file exported from another vector-based program. Again, by default QuarkXPress displays the low-resolution preview of it. To see it more accurately, again you just Ctrl-click or right-click on it and choose Preview Resolution, Full and now you will see a much more accurate representation of that line art.

If you work with Vector EPS files a lot, you may want to change the Preferences in QuarkXPress, either under the QuarkXPress menu on a Mac or under the Edit menu on Windows. There under EPS you have a choice of QuarkXPress by default displaying the embedded preview in the EPS, which is usually quite low resolution, or generate its own. When you make this change in Preferences, from then on anytime you put a new EPS file into a picture box in QuarkXPress, it will create a much higher resolution preview for you. It doesn't affect EPS files that are already in the document and if you make this change when a document is open, it only affects that document.

If you want to make it the application preference so that it applies to every new document that you create just do this when the documents are open and of course that's true for every preference in QuarkXPress. If you make the change with the document open, it applies to that document. If you make the change when no documents are open, it applies to all new documents you create from then on. While we are in the Preferences, let's have a quick look at it one more. Under this Layout area here under General there is a mysterious box called Greek Pictures. I'm going to turn that on and you can see what it does in this document.

I'll zoom out and you can see that all the pictures are converted to simple gray boxes. You can select one to see its actual picture content. But when you de-select it, it goes back to gray. If you are working with lots and lots of pictures, say in a catalog or just a very picture intensive document and your computer doesn't have the greatest speed processor in it, this can really speed things up. Now every picture you import into a picture box in QuarkXPress will always print out at its highest resolution. So even if you turn Greeking on, your prints are going to look their best.

But what if you do want to print out the page without the pictures or maybe print them out at very low resolution so that you don't have to wait for your printer to grind through all those pictures when it is trying to print out the pages? The easiest way to do that is in the Print dialog box. When you go to Print, under the Pictures section you have a choice here under Output. Normal is the default meaning print out at their resolution. But you can also choose Low Resolution, which will basically print the preview that you see on your page, or Rough, which just prints a box with an X through it.

It doesn't change the picture in anyway. It just makes it print this one time in a different way. Now I'm going to cancel out of here and go on do one more thing. Let's say for some reason you don't want the picture to print at all. Just select the picture on your page, choose Item > Modify and in the Picture tab of the Modify box you will see Suppress Picture Output. If you select that you won't see anything different on your screen, but when you print it the picture won't be there. Now that can be very mysterious if you get a document from somebody and when you print, the picture isn't there.

If that happens you can just check into the Utilities menu to Usage and when you see your list of pictures, notice over here there is a Print column. If that checkbox is unchecked, that picture won't print. Conveniently, XPress always highlights the picture in the Usage box that you have select on the page. So if you get a print and the picture isn't there, click on that box on the page, open the Usage dialog, that picture will be highlighted and you can see if it was set to Print or not and you can turn it back on here, if you want to. If you have a very fast computer and you don't have tons of pictures on all of your pages, it's certainly okay to select each one and choose Full Resolution.

But if you find your system bogging down and scrolling from page to page takes forever or moving items around on the page seems to slow things down as well, you may want to revert those pictures back to their low resolution and see if it speeds things up.

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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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