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Reviewing the Layers palette


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

with Jay Nelson

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Layers in QuarkXPress work similarly to the way layers work in any other application you may have encountered. The concept is, yes, you have got items on a page that are on top of each other and in relation to each other on one layer but if you add additional layers, you can then have collections of items that are logically connected on the page that you can turn on and off, meaning you can show them or hide them, you can even control how they print. This can be tremendously handy when working with any kind of complex layout or when working with multi-lingual projects where, perhaps you could put one language on one layer, another on the other and then show, hide and print them separately.
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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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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training
8h 6m Beginner Jul 29, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the QuarkXPress interface
  • Building a new layout and working with master pages
  • Using long document features to streamline workflow
  • Building QuarkXPress 8 documents with Adobe and Microsoft files
  • Creating custom styles using typography and picture effects
  • Collaborating in real time with other users
  • Exporting finished projects to PDF, Flash, and the web
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
QuarkXPress
Author:
Jay Nelson

Reviewing the Layers palette

Layers in QuarkXPress work similarly to the way layers work in any other application you may have encountered. The concept is, yes, you have got items on a page that are on top of each other and in relation to each other on one layer but if you add additional layers, you can then have collections of items that are logically connected on the page that you can turn on and off, meaning you can show them or hide them, you can even control how they print. This can be tremendously handy when working with any kind of complex layout or when working with multi-lingual projects where, perhaps you could put one language on one layer, another on the other and then show, hide and print them separately.

So, here is how this works. I'm going to get the Item tool and I'm going to select an item such as this blue box right here. Now, over in the Layers palette, let me just collapse-up the ones we are not using right now. In the Layers palette, we can see that the blue item is on the default layer. Now, the default layer is included with every new QuarkXPress project that you create. If you don't create any new layers, everything goes on the default layer, but let's say for some reason, we wanted to make all the blue boxes appear on their own layer. Well first, you create a new layer and in the Layers palette that's as simple as clicking on the Plus button.

Now, you may want to give your layer a more specific name other than layer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And to do that, you simply double-click it and give it a name. Let's call it Blue boxes. Okay, the little Pencil icon indicates that the Blue boxes layer is now active, meaning any new item I create is going to be on that Blue boxes layer. The eyeball indicates that it's visible. But what we want to do right now is move these blue boxes, which are currently on the default layer, up to the Blue boxes layer.

To do that, we just select them and notice this little icon that appears over here now in the Layers palette. That indicates what layer the currently selected items are on. By dragging that up to the Blue boxes layer, they are now on the Blue boxes layer and I can confirm that by toggling the visibility of that layer and they go away. So, clearly those blue boxes are on that Blue box layer. Now, let's do the same thing for the red boxes. We'll create a new layer, double- click it and call it Red boxes.

We select the two red boxes. Now, we can go to the Layers palette and move the icon that represents them up to the Red boxes layer. Well, it turns out that the Layers palette has a funny little glitch where, unless all the layers are showing, it may not go in the right layer. So, I have extended the Layers palette a little bit and I'm going to drag this little icon up to the Red boxes layer and now they are on the Red boxes layer which we can confirm by making it invisible, there we go. You may be asking yourself is there some kind of logic to the order of these layers.

Well, yes indeed. The ones on top, the items on those layers are actually on top of or above the items on the layers that are below that. So, let's say we have these items overlapping. That's your red items and your blue items and you wanted the red ones on top and the blue ones underneath. All you have to do is drag its layer to the appropriate position. So, if I take my blue boxes and drag them below my Red boxes layer, now the blue is below the red. Drag the red ones back underneath the blue and now they are below the Blue boxes.

And that's another reason for using layers, so that you can take items randomly across the page and move them all above or below the other items. One clever feature of the Layers palette is that you can select all the items that are on that layer by simply selecting the layer and then Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on it and choosing Select All Items on that layer, because I have selected the Blue boxes layer, all the blue boxes become selected and now I can do something with them, if I want to. Other controls are hidden underneath that little contextual menu as well.

Control-click or right-click and you can delete this layer, change this layer, duplicate this layer and everything on it which is helpful and then showing all your layers, hiding all your layers etcetera. Now notice the locking layers. That's an interesting thing because then you can take all the items that are on a particular layer and make sure that nobody is going to move them. So now, when I go to the page to try to select them, they are locked, but I can move the other items around without any trouble. If we look at the icons at the top of the Layers palette, we look at the New Layer icon to create a new layer.

This Move Item to Layer icon is the same thing as dragging the little proxy from here to the layer to the layer you want it to be on. And the third one is Merge Layers. So, if you have more than one layer selected here, you can merge them into one layer. For example, if we wanted to take the red and blue boxes and put them all on the Red boxes layer, first we just unlock the Blue boxes layer and then hold down the Shift key to select both layers and if you need to select more than two and they are not all right next to each other, you can also hold down the Command key on a Mac and click on the other one or the Ctrl key on Windows, and click on the additional one you want to add.

But right now, let's just take the blue and the red boxes and merge them. So, clicking on the Merge Layers button, it then asks us, what layer do we want to merge them on to and you have a choice of the ones that you've selected. Let's put them both on the Red boxes layer and say OK. So, now all the items that were on the Blue boxes layer are now on the Red boxes layer with the original items that were on the Red boxes layers. To delete a layer, you simply click the Trashcan icon or Ctrl-click and choose Delete that layer. But let's look at the Edit box.

And if we click on Edit, we get the dialog up again that looked just like the one when we created the layer to begin with and the controls down here are kind of interesting. You may have noticed that on the page, this red box has yellow-orange control points around it. That indicates that it's on the layer that has that color assigned to it. Now, you can make this color any color you want to make it convenient for you. Quark assigns sort of a random color each time you create a new layer so that you don't have to go through that trouble. But if you want to change it because maybe it's getting in the way of the other work you are doing, because the color matches something you are working on, you can simply click it and choose any other color you'd like.

Since these are red boxes, maybe we'll choose red. Okay, so now, when we click OK, this red box has a set of red control points around it and it shows up as red in the Layers palette. So, this is actually a very convenient way to visually see which layer these items are on. So, this blue one has the red control points, points which means it's on this layer right here with the red color assigned to it. This little paw down here is on the default layer because it has a blue set of handles. This one has this pinkish set of handles which means it's on this layer right here.

Let's look at one more thing in the Layer Setup box. We will go back to edit that layer. Notice it indicates that it's visible, which is indicated also by this eyeball here, but also you can suppress its output, meaning that if you make a PDF from it or an EPS or a Flash file, or you print it, that layer won't print. Also this Keep Runaround button is very interesting. By default, it's turned on, which means that if an item is on a layer and the layer is invisible, if that item had Runaround assigned to it, so the text, when it bumped up against, it would run around it.

The runaround still happens even though the item is invisible. So, by having this on, you can make sure that your text runaround is never changed, regardless of which layers are visible or not. That's a good thing to know when you are running into unusual text runaround situations. Look to see if the Keep Runaround is turned on or off for that layer and as a sidenote, all of these items are also available in the Preferences for layers, so that each time you create a new layer, it will have those preferences assigned to it.

And as you may or may not know, when you change the Preferences, if a document is open, you are changing the preferences for that document only. So, if you were to go down here to Layers, and make some changes, it would affect this document only but if there were no document open, you would be affecting it for every new document that you create after that. Using Layers can vastly improve the efficiency of your work, especially when you need to rework it later and I encourage you to use them whenever possible.

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