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Making boxes and lines

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Making boxes and lines

Creating boxes on a QuarkXPress page to put text in and to put pictures in, and then reshaping those boxes and giving them attributes such as colors and frames is basic to how you use QuarkXPress. Let's look at how you make those boxes, put text or pictures into them, adjust their shapes, and control their default behavior. To begin with, let's just create a new project, and accept whatever size it wants to put in there. If you know you want to create a text- box, all you need to do is click on the Text tool there, drag out a box, and begin typing.

Making boxes and lines

Creating boxes on a QuarkXPress page to put text in and to put pictures in, and then reshaping those boxes and giving them attributes such as colors and frames is basic to how you use QuarkXPress. Let's look at how you make those boxes, put text or pictures into them, adjust their shapes, and control their default behavior. To begin with, let's just create a new project, and accept whatever size it wants to put in there. If you know you want to create a text- box, all you need to do is click on the Text tool there, drag out a box, and begin typing.

If you want to create a picture-box, grab the Picture Box tool, drag out a box, and then you can either double-click it to go and insert a picture in it that's on your desktop, or somewhere else on your computer, or you can drag pictures in from various places such as Adobe Bridge, the desktop iPhoto, pretty much anywhere you can drag and drop a picture, you can drag it right into this box. Same is true with text in this text box by the way. But let's say you created a text box and what you meant to create was a picture box or vice versa. Under the Item menu, you'll see Content, and under Content it tells us that it's a text-box.

But I can also convert it to a picture box, and it will say hey! You are going to lose all your content. I know. That's fine, here we go. And now it becomes a picture box. When you are viewing your page with the guides turned on, you'll see the edges of all of the items, and you'll see an X through a box that's a picture box. If you have a text-box, there is no X through it. That's how you know the difference. Now, to avoid all these decisions if all you want to do is make some boxes, you can do that by selecting this third tool, which is the Rectangle Box tool.

With it, you can create a plain box that doesn't necessarily need to have text or picture in it. Let's say you want to just use it to make a background color. A box that just contains a color doesn't contain text or a picture. So you don't need to define it as a text or a picture box. In any case, you can always change it under the Item menu like I just showed you to either contain a picture or text or keep it as a None Box as they call it, which means it doesn't have anything in it except perhaps a color or a gradient. Now, hiding underneath this Rectangle Box tool is the Oval Box tool and the Starburst.

So let's have a look at those. If I take an oval, there is my oval, and notice I can make it any shape I like. But if I really want a circle, just hold down the Shift key as you are dragging. So it's Click+Shift+Drag and now you always get a circle. The same is true with the Rectangle Box tools. So if I go back to my rectangle box, Click+Shift+Drag, it's always a square. Because essentially what you are doing by holding on the Shift key, you are telling your computer constrain my movement to 45 degree angles and that would be how you create a rectangle or a circle.

But let's say you want something a little bit different. You want a box that has rounded corners on it. Well, you still go ahead and create a rectangle box. You can even make an oval box if you like, and then down in the Measurements palette, you can control what its shape is. So right now I have this rectangle selected, and right here, I can choose what kind of corner I want on it. Right now, it's a Rectangle. I can make it Rounded. And down here is where I can change the radius of the corners. In other words, how rounded they are.

Right now, it's set to a quarter-inch, but if I change it to say a-half-an-inch and hit Enter, it changes the corner radius of that rectangle, which is now a rounded corner rectangle. Similarly, you can change it to be that shape or that shape. Now, one thing you may notice is that if I turn off the guides, basically everything goes away. If I magically click on one of these items, you can see its outline, but otherwise they're just gone. That's because they don't have any frame or color assigned to them. So there is nothing to display.

But let's say you are going to be making a whole bunch of boxes that are similar in their background color or their frame or something like that, frame meaning the outline edge on the item. All you have to do is double-click one of the tools in the toolbox, and it will bring up Preferences for the tools. In this area here we have those three box types. Now, all these preferences work the same way, they are just assigned to different tools. For example here are the Picture Content Preferences and if you double-click on any one of these, it will bring up options for how you want that tool to behave.

So let's say you are going to be creating a bunch of picture boxes, and you want them to all be the same. You can double-click here, and in this Modify dialog, you can tell it gee, I want all of them to be rounded corner rectangles with that kind of corner radius. I'd like them to be filled with Cyan or any other color that you have created etcetera. The picture in the box I want to be positioned in this way, scaled in this way, etcetera. The frame on the picture box should be of this size, and this style, and this color, and the text runaround, meaning how text is going to run around it, can be set there too.

So if I click OK now, I have just changed the defaults for this Picture Content tool. So when I click OK and I create a new picture box with the Picture Content tool, it will look like what I just defined in the defaults. So if I have to create a whole bunch of them, it's really easy to now make them all exactly the same. Now, we just changed the defaults for the Picture Content tool more specifically the Rectangle Picture Content tool, but you can use the same principle to apply to any of the different box creation tools.

You may want to remember to double- click back on the tool and change it back to what it was before with this Restore button here. If you don't remember which tools you changed, you can always hit Restore All, and they'll all go back to their default behaviors. But I'll just click Restore for this one because I know that was the one I changed, and click OK, and now when I go to create a picture box, it will be just like the boxes we were creating a minute ago. The way tools are arranged in the new QuarkXPress toolbox, it appears that there isn't a lot of option to how you want these boxes to look or behave.

But in fact, they are just very simple beginning points from which you can almost infinitely adjust them to get the look and shape that you want. If you just remember that the defaults for these tools can be changed, you can save yourself a lot of work when laying out repetitive documents.

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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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