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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.
Moving items in QuarkXPress can be accomplished in a number of different ways, some are more appropriate for some kinds of work and some are more appropriate for others. There's the obvious way, you grab the Item tool and you drag an item somewhere else. Now, if you happen to have the Content tool selected, say this one, and you try to move it, you're going to get something completely different. Instead, hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows and that will give you temporarily the Item tool that you can then move the item with. Now if your workflow is more based on numbers, let's say you're specifically putting things in different places, you can select an item and down in the Measurements palette, type in a new location for it.
If you know that you need to move it a certain amount, you can simply add that number, say plus a quarter inch and it will move that item a quarter of an inch farther than it was before. Finally, you can use the Arrow keys on your keyboard to move it up or down or left or right, it will move it at 1-point increments, but if you hold down the Shift key, it will move it in 10-point increments. If you're working in pixels, that's the same thing as a point. Now sometimes you don't want to move an item at all and you don't want someone else to accidentally move it for you, so Quark has a locking feature.
You can simply go the Item menu and choose Lock and then you have a choice of locking its position or what's in it or both. But a quicker way to do it is to hold down the Ctrl key or right-click on to the item and choose Lock. Then from then on, if someone tries to move it, they'll see a Lock icon and they won't be able to move it. So moving items is one of the most important things you need to know when you're manipulating page items. Also, being able to lock them is really helpful when you need to make sure that you're not going to accidentally move them or have someone else move them for you.
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