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Specifying color

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Specifying color

Creating, editing and applying colors in QuarkXPress I think is really a joyful experience. You work with colors in either the Colors palette over here or if you have an item selected, down here on the Measurements palette in any one of the these places where you can apply a color. Now, on the Measurements palette, you can not only apply colors, you can also create new ones. But you'll usually do most of your color editing and color work here in the Colors palette. The Colors palette gives you options for creating new colors, editing existing colors and applying colors to frames, pictures and their backgrounds.

Specifying color

Creating, editing and applying colors in QuarkXPress I think is really a joyful experience. You work with colors in either the Colors palette over here or if you have an item selected, down here on the Measurements palette in any one of the these places where you can apply a color. Now, on the Measurements palette, you can not only apply colors, you can also create new ones. But you'll usually do most of your color editing and color work here in the Colors palette. The Colors palette gives you options for creating new colors, editing existing colors and applying colors to frames, pictures and their backgrounds.

If this were a text box I had selected, it would show text color and text box background. When working with colors, it's a good idea to not have any items on the page selected. That way you don't accidentally apply those colors to the selected item. The easiest way to do that is simply hit the Escape key on your keyboard and that deselects all the items on your page. If you want to delete a color from the list, just select it and hit the Trashcan. Let's start by creating a new color. We'll click the Plus button or Ctrl- click or right-click on the Colors palette and you can choose New.

You can either give your New Color a name right away or if you're going to be choosing from one of the color matching systems, such as Focaltone, Pantone, Toyo for example, you can just select one of these systems and then type in a number. Let's say you're printing on matte paper and you're going to use a Pantone Solid Color, you can either scroll through here and choose the color that you want, or you can type in a specific number. If you find one near the color you want, but want one slightly different, you can click on it and notice that the Name becomes the name of the color matching system color.

When you click OK, it's added to the Colors palette and named the color that you left it. Now, let's create a new color. And this time, we won't choose it from one of these color matching systems. We'll create it from scratch. If the output intent of your document is for on-screen use, or for Desktop Color printing, you may want to make an RGB color. It has a wider color gamut than CMYK, and so you can use more vibrant colors, but if you think you're going to be going to a CYMK printing process, such as a printing press, definitely work in CYMK when you can, so that you're not surprised by the colors when they are printed.

Since this document is going to be printed out as a brochure, I'm going to work in CMYK. Over here you have sliders that allow you to type in exact numbers, for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, or you can use this slider to lighten and darken your colors and choose a Hue by simply dragging it around this circle. And it works the same way with RGB and these other color models. If you build in the color yourself, you may want to name it according to the kind of use it's going to have or possibly the kind of color that it is.

We might call it Purple-dark. When we click on OK again, it adds it to our Colors palette and we can then apply it to the items on the page. To edit a color, you do just about the same thing. Select the color on the Colors palette. Either click the Pencils Edit, click up here and choose Edit, or either Ctrl-click or right-click on the color and choose Edit. This is actually a handy way to edit colors because you don't actually have to select the colors ahead of time to edit it. For example, I could Ctrl- click on this one and edit it.

Well, I've still got the Purple selected here. Well, let's go ahead and Edit the Purple one and you see the exact dialog box you saw before and you can make any change to it that you could make when you were creating the color. Now let's say you've got a color that you like, but you want to get a slightly different color to maybe try out on your page as well. Let's say we really like this Petstumes Pink but we want to make another version of it in a slightly different tone. We can duplicate it, give it a new name, Petstumes Pink #2 and maybe darken it down.

Say OK and now we have another color we can work with that started out this color, but now is it's own color. Another way to bring colors into your document is through the Append dialog and you can get to it either from File > Append or Edit > Colors. Now the Edit > Colors dialog can be exceptionally handy because not only can you append colors from other documents and to do that you just click the Append button and choose the document that you want to append from.

The colors will show up, you can select which one you want, add it and click OK. But also you can see which colors you're not using in the document. Colors Not Used for example, or Colors In Use. It looks like Colors Not Used and we discover that all of these colors here are not being used in the document. So we could select them all and delete them. Now, there are some colors you can't delete. For example, Cyan and Magenta, because those are two of the process colors that build up many of the other colors.

Try as you like, you can't delete them. Now, once you have some colors in your documents that you want to use, you apply them in any of the usual ways. You can select the item, this table for example, select what it is you want to color, the frame, a picture if it had a picture in it, or this background, and then click on the color. But you can also drag these colors on to page items to preview what they are going to look like. For example, let's take this dark green here and drag it on to the table.

As you drag it on to each cell, it shows you what that would look like if you were to let go and drop it on that item. So, I'll let go right here and there you go. And not only can you drag colors on to the content of boxes, but you can also drag them on to the Frames. Let me make the frame on this table a little bit thicker. We'll just make it 4 points and say OK. Now, if we drag a color, say this green on to the frame, we can see, what it would look like, if I were to drop it there.

I'm going to drop it right on the frame for this table and now we have a green frame table through drag-and-drop. Earlier, we saw how to delete colors that were no longer in use. But what happens if you delete a color that is being used. For example, this purple. If I Ctrl-click or right-click on Purple and choose Delete, it's going to ask me, hey! This thing is being used, what color would you like to replace it with? Wherever it's being used in the document. At that point, you can either choose to replace it with a color or realize, gee! I'm really not ready to get rid of that color and cancel out of it.

The Colors palette in QuarkXPress gives you vast control over creating and editing colors, and even applying them to items on the page. While the Edit Colors dialog, also gives you tools to find the colors that aren't being used, find colors by how they're built, append colors from other documents and even delete multiple colors at once. Combined with the power of creating and applying colors in the Measurements palette, XPress gives you a truly flexible system of working with your colors.

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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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