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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.
When formatting text you are not only dealing with the typeface and the size, you are also dealing with the color in most cases and the fun part about colorizing text in QuarkXPress is that you have three different controls over it. One is the color, the other is the shade, also known as a tint, and the third is Transparency. That is how much of what's behind your text shows through. Let's say for example on this one, we don't like that this probably demoralizing line isn't showing up quite as well as we like it to. So I'm going to double-click on this text box and if your text isn't already selected, a quick way to select all of your text is to press Command+A or Ctrl+A on Windows and all the text in the text box will be selected.
That's a great way, if you know you are going to be selecting all the text to make sure it's all selected. Then we can just go down to the Measurements palette and over here you will see a color swatch. If you click on it, it will show all the colors that are currently defined in your project. If the one you want isn't here, you can create a new one. But in this case, we are just going to choose black. Now that we've chosen a color in this black, we can decide what shade of that color we'd like to have on this little slider. You can also type in a number, if you like. So let's say we want a nice 60% tint of that black.
As we click away from the text box, we can see we have a nice 60% tint of that black. Now let's go down here to this text box and let's say that the text right here, we would like to be black as well. Perhaps a tint of it. We'll change it to black and we'll change it to somewhere around 60%. Now that can work out perfectly, if that's what you are after, but what if you want some of the background to show through it? That's where the Opacity setting comes in. I'm just going to drag this box up on top of these photographs and as we zoom in, we can see that the text is blocking out completely what's behind it.
In many cases, that's what you want, but let's just say that you wanted some of that photo to show through the text. For example, over here, I'll get my text tool again, this save 20%, (ph) maybe we want some of this green hair to come through it. The way you do that is you can either leave the shade at 60% or you can take it back to 100% and then reduce the opacity of it to something that looks more like what you're after. So now when we look at it, it's similar to this other text and that it looks about the same shade, but you can see part of the green right behind it.
Now we'll talk about the difference between shade and transparency or opacity in other movies, but for now, just be aware of that when you are coloring text. You can either change its shade or its opacity and the result will be different.
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