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Understanding Guide Manager Pro

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Understanding Guide Manager Pro

Up until QuarkXPress 8 managing guides was a tedious process. But with the new Guide Manager Pro you have tremendous power and flexibility for designing groups of guides, copying and pasting them, mirroring them across spreads, changing their colors, building bleed and safety guides, creating guides from a box outline and importing and exporting sets of guides to use in other projects. Well, this feature and the extension that adds it is named Guide Manager Pro. You access it through the Guides palette under the Window menu.

Understanding Guide Manager Pro

Up until QuarkXPress 8 managing guides was a tedious process. But with the new Guide Manager Pro you have tremendous power and flexibility for designing groups of guides, copying and pasting them, mirroring them across spreads, changing their colors, building bleed and safety guides, creating guides from a box outline and importing and exporting sets of guides to use in other projects. Well, this feature and the extension that adds it is named Guide Manager Pro. You access it through the Guides palette under the Window menu.

Now like every other palette in QuarkXPress, you can dock it to this group of palettes if you like, but because its features are best used when it's very wide, I like to keep it floating freely here. Well, let's add a couple of guides, one here and one here. If you already have guides on your page they show up in the palette for editing. As you can see each page has its own set of guides and you can show or hide them here with this disclosure triangle. At the top of the palette we have buttons for adding a new guide, mirroring the guides from one side of a spread to the other, viewing only the Horizontal or Vertical guides and showing only the guides that are on this particular page or spread.

You click the checkbox to turn the feature on or off. If you want to use the palette to add a new guide to your page, you just click the Plus button. There you can enter a location, whether it's Horizontal or Vertical, whether you want it on just this Page or across the whole Spread, what color you would like it to show up as on the page, what View percentage beyond which you want to be able to view it and under which you don't, whether or not to Lock that guide and you can preview your changes before you make them. If you click the Add button, it adds it to the page and you can continue on adding more guides as you like.

When you click OK, that says I'm finished making new guides right now, I want to go back to Guides palette. Your new guides appear in the Guides palette and you can continue working with them. This row of labels up here lists various attributes about any selected guide. It tells you what spread they are on, what page they are on, their location on the page, the color of the guide and you can change that color to any of the colors in the list. The minimum View percentage where it will appear on the page, you can toggle its visibility, you can lock it, you can change it from being a Page Guide to a Spread Guide and you can rotate it from being Vertical to Horizontal.

But the real power of this palette is in this palette menu on the corner up here. Here you can create a new guide like we just did, but you can also cut or copy any selected guides and paste them elsewhere. You can select all the guides, you can mirror this guide onto the other page, you can delete it, you can create a grid of guides and let's see how that works. The gird can either be composed of Horizontal or Vertical guides or both. You tell XPress where you want the guides to start on the page, where you to want to end on the page and how many you want.

You let it know if you want the guides to be only on the Page or across the Spread, only on this current page, on selected pages, or all your pages. The color of the guides, the view scale below which they won't be seen and whether they are locked or not. You can preview your changes before you commit them. That gives you a chance to adjust them if you need to and when you click OK, they are on the page. For now let's get rid of all these guides and delete them. Then we'll look at what else is hiding under this palette menu.

You can create rows and columns, you tell it how many rows and how many columns you want. If you want any gutters between those rows and columns, whether you want them centered within the page boundary or the margins, if you want them on just the one page or across the spread, what pages you want them on, the color, the view scale and you can preview. But let's cancel out of that and see what else we have under this menu. We can create guides from a Box. So, let's put a Box on the page, select Create Guides from Box, tell it which combination of guides we want, Top, Bottom, Left and Right.

Do we want those guides to extend across the Spread or just on the Page, what color, what view scale and we can preview. When we click OK, those guides appear on the page. Another option is to Create Bleed and Safety Guides. What this will do is create guides around the edge of the page so that our output provider and even our designers can extend items beyond the edge of the page so that when the job is printed and trimmed the items extend all the way to the edge of the paper. You put in your gutter amount and if you want a Safety guide you can do the same.

Click OK and now they are on the page as well. The other controls under the palette menu are the usual hiding the guides, showing the guides, turning Snap to Guides on or off, editing the colors of the guides and most helpfully importing and exporting sets of guides. If we export this set of guides, we can then give it to somebody else or use it ourselves to import right back in from this command right here. The Guides palette in QuarkXPress is a dramatic improvement over previous ways of managing guides in XPress.

If you have hesitated using guides very much in previous versions of XPress or just avoided the feature entirely, I encourage you to look into this new Guides palette and see how easy it is to set up complex systems of guides and apply them to other pages, other layouts and other projects.

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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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