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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.
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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