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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.
Sometimes when you are doing a text- heavy layout, you may want a little box to follow along with the text as the text flows through a text box or a series of text boxes. In QuarkXPress, those are called anchored boxes and they are really easy to use. On this layout, for example, let's say I wanted this little dog bowl here to appear at the begging of this paragraph and travel along with the text even if the text changes ahead of it. To do that, all you really do is copy and paste that picture box right into the text flow, just as if it were a letter or another character in the text.
Select the picture box with our Item tool, copy it or cut it, double-click into our text box to activate our Text Content tool, click where you want the picture box to appear and paste. Now, this little box acts like a character in the text. If I add some more text up here, it flows along down with it. If I remove some text, it flows along with it. The box can either be aligned to the base line of the text or to the top of the text.
To set the alignment for the anchored box, you need to select the box by using the Picture Content tool, click on it, and then down in the Measurements palette in the Classic tab, these two icons indicate how it's going to be aligned with the text, either on the baseline of the text or to the height of the text. Let's set it back to the baseline and look what else we can do with the anchored box. It really is just a regular picture box. So, you can use all the same tricks on it. You can make the picture larger within the box.
You can make the box itself larger. You can preview it at a full resolution and you can even rotate the picture within the box. Now, let's say you want to take this anchored box and copy it and paste it somewhere else. Well, if you want to copy and paste it within the text, you simply click next to it, drag over it like it's a great big letter, copy it. Then click in the text where you want to paste it and paste it.
If you want to make a copy of this picture box somewhere else on your page, you can simply select it with the Item tool, copy it, click somewhere else and paste, and it appears as a picture box just like the original was but at its new size. Now, in this example, I paste just a little icon into the text but you could also put an actual photograph in there or any other thing that you can put into a picture box. So, if you are making a directory, you could paste headshots of people next to text that belongs to them and then as the text flows, so do the headshots.
And one final use for using anchored boxes is to use a text box as the anchored box. That way if you've got a large block of text and something like a pull quote, you could literally paste that text box right into the flow of the text and it would flow along with it as the text is edited. Anchored text boxes solve a number of different problems including having graphics follow along with text and having bits of text follow along with other bits of text. In a text-heavy document, it's a great way to keep items together that need to stay together.
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