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Putting text on a path

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Video: Putting text on a path

One of the most overlooked but extremely valuable tools in QuarkXPress is text on a path, which is where text follows the shape of a path. In this movie, we'll learn how to create a straight text path, a curved text path and a circular text path. So let's begin a new project, and just except the defaults. Now, text on a path follows the same rules that every other item in QuarkXPress does, which is there is the item and there is the content. In this case, the item will be either a line or a Bezier curve, or potentially a circle or a square.

Putting text on a path

One of the most overlooked but extremely valuable tools in QuarkXPress is text on a path, which is where text follows the shape of a path. In this movie, we'll learn how to create a straight text path, a curved text path and a circular text path. So let's begin a new project, and just except the defaults. Now, text on a path follows the same rules that every other item in QuarkXPress does, which is there is the item and there is the content. In this case, the item will be either a line or a Bezier curve, or potentially a circle or a square.

So let's start with the Line tool and create an item. Here is our item. If you want to make it exactly horizontal or vertical, you can just hold down the Shift key, and that's going to constrain it to 45 degree angles. Now once we have created our line, the only thing you have to do to add text to it is get the Text Content tool, and double-click right on the line. From there, you can type all the text you'd like, and you can format the text exactly as you would any other text in the box, which is down in the Measurements palette.

You can choose the font, and the size, and the style, and the color and all the usual stuff. Now one thing you may want to notice is that in the Measurements palette, there is now a new tab that looks like text on a path right here. When we click it, we see some controls for how the text should sit on the path. If you look over here, when you are on a curved path, you can control which way the text bends on the path. We'll get to that in a second. But you can assign a color to the path itself. You can create an Opacity for it. You can align the text to the path, either by its Baseline, which is the default, or by the Ascent, which is the top of the letters, Center, which is the center of the letters, or Descent, which is the bottom of the lowest letters like the descender that goes off the bottom of the G for example.

That will shift it up and down on the path. So let's zoom in here, and have a look at what we are talking about. By default, it's on Baseline. See how it sits right on the line. Descent means raise it up a little bit, so that the bottom of the G for example will sit on the Baseline. Center means center it right on the line, and Ascent means make the top of the highest letter aligned with the path. So what if your line has a width to it, or if it's a big fat line, where is this text going to align to it? Right now, we are set for Ascent and that means that the top of the highest character is going to align to the line.

So let's say we make our line a little bit thicker. Instead of being 1 point, let's make it 8 point. So now we have a nice big fat line and this brings up an interesting point. It look strange because by default, when you create a line and put text on it, Quark changes the width of it to one point, and the color to None. That way, all you see is the text and not the path itself when you print out. We can change that to something else. Let's say Yellow. Now you can see that the line has an 8 point thickness and it's yellow.

You can also see that the text actually moved a little bit, because we told it to align the text to the highest character in the text. In this case the T, and we also told it to align the text to the Top of the line. So since the line is 8 points thick, it actually move the text up, half that distance to 4 points. In any case, if we switch it to Center, you'll see that the top of the T is now aligned to the center of the 8 point line. If we choose Bottom, now the top of the T is aligned to the bottom of the 8 point line.

So these are the ways that you control the text that's on the line. Now, the other control that you have is this Flip Text and when you click that, it flips the text upside down on the path. This can be handy in various circumstances, especially the ones we are about to do with circles. So I'll just unclick that, so we don't go crazy, and we'll zoom out a little bit. So that's text on the line. Now, we'll go onto text on a curved path. Now you use the Bezier Pen tool to create the path, and then you add the text to it. I'll be showing you how to use the Bezier Pen tool later on, but for now, I'll just make one for us.

Now, we have a nice curve for the text to follow. Just like the line, all we have to do now is select the Text Content tool, and double-click right on the path. This time before we begin typing the text, let's just make it a little bigger. Down in the Measurements palette, we can go to the Character Attributes tab, and change it from 12-point to say 24-point. That will be nice and big, and we can see what we're doing. Now, we'll type some text on the path. We'll say text on a path can be very fun to use.

Now, when we go down to the Measurements palette and go to the Text Path tab, these buttons over here become more interesting. The first one is the Standard, which is the text follows the path, and it curves around so that the vertical parts of the text are always perpendicular to the path. This one, which they call Warped Text, can be useful when you are trying to create a three-dimensional effect of something rotating in space. This third one, which they call 3-D Ribbon Text, keeps the vertical strokes of the text vertical, but all the horizontal strokes follow the curve of the path.

This final one here keeps all the text exactly the way it's supposed to be, meaning it isn't curved or bent or anything, but it just sits on the path. Quark calls it Stair Step text. Once again, all the attributes over here can be changed, how it sits on the path and all that. You can flip it below the path etcetera. Now, these first two ways of doing text on a path are useful if you really need a straight line, or if you know how to draw a nice curvy path. But a common use for it is to put text on a circle. So let's just take our Circle tool.

They call it the Oval Box tool, and draw ourselves a circle down here. I'm holding down the Option key to drag the page up a little bit. When I click-and-drag, I get an oval. If I hold down the Shift key, I'll get a circle. So let's make a circle. Then there is a little trick you have to perform because by default, it thinks you are going to want to put text inside the circle. So we need to convert it to a shape that can be a path. There is a really easy way to do that. You go to the Item menu and you go to Shape, and you see that indeed it's an oval.

We need to convert it to a path, so you might be able to guess that this very bottom thing would be a path. So as soon as we do that, we don't see the circle really change, but it's now a path, and being a path, we can put text on it. So we get up to our Text tool yet again, double-click on the path, and begin typing. You can also paste text in from somewhere else, and to make it easy to see, we'll change the size of it. This time we'll make it 36 point, and we'll say text on a circle is useful for badges and such.

Now, you'll notice that the text began at the bottom of the circle and made its way around. But because it behaves just like text as anywhere else in QuarkXPress, we can change its alignment. Now to see that change more clearly, let's change the size of the text, so that it doesn't fill the circle. I'm pressing Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all the text, and I'll go back to my little Text Tab, and change it from 36-points back down to 24. So now you can clearly see that the text begins at the bottom and continues around.

To change that, we go to the Paragraph tab, and select Center, and look what it does. It puts it all around the top of the circle, which is normally what you are going to want to do. But you can also choose Right Aligned, which ends at the bottom, or Justified which starts at the bottom, and if you have lots of text, will actually justify it all the way around to touch the first character again or Forced justified which does the same thing. Just as with the other paths, you can adjust the positioning of the text on it. We'll go back to our Text Path tab, change our line width to something thick that we can see, change it to a color that make sense.

We'll go to yellow again, and just as before, you can choose align the text to the Baseline, the Center, the Ascent like we did before. The Flip Text button gets interesting, because it puts it on the inside of the circle. If you don't like the way the text is spaced, you can go to the Character Attributes tab, and change its Tracking, and that spaces it out more or less. So that in a nutshell is how you put text on a path in QuarkXPress. The fine typographical and object control that you have in QuarkXPress really lends itself to that kind of creative exploration, and when you are done with it, all you have to do is save it as a PDF and your clients and other people can use that logo in their designs.

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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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