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Understanding items and contents


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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One of the simplest and basic concepts in QuarkXPress is the difference between an item and its content. So for example you may have a picture box with a picture in it, and a text box with text in it, and you may have some lines or other things floating around on the page. Right now let's look at the difference between an item and its content, and how you select items on the page. To do that, let's open the Shapes project, and you'll see that it has some fonts that we don't have available, and there is a reason for that. So just hit the Continue button, and you are looking at just some items on a page.
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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

Understanding items and contents

One of the simplest and basic concepts in QuarkXPress is the difference between an item and its content. So for example you may have a picture box with a picture in it, and a text box with text in it, and you may have some lines or other things floating around on the page. Right now let's look at the difference between an item and its content, and how you select items on the page. To do that, let's open the Shapes project, and you'll see that it has some fonts that we don't have available, and there is a reason for that. So just hit the Continue button, and you are looking at just some items on a page.

To make it easier to see what those items are made from, we'll go to the View menu and choose Guides. Now that's not real obvious, because we don't have any guides on this page. But by viewing guides, you are also viewing the outlines of objects. When we turn that on, we see the outlines of each of the items on the page. Up here is a simple text-box; down here we have a picture-box. The first time after installing QuarkXPress that you double-click a box on a page, you'll see this dialog appear. There you can tell QuarkXPress how you would like it to behave each time you double-click a box on the page with the Item tool.

Personally, I prefer for it to switch to the Content tool when I do that, but you can also set it to open the Modify dialog so that you can make multiple changes to an item and then save them. At the top, you can tell Quark how far you wanted to move an item when you hold down the Shift key and press the Arrow keys on your keyboard. If you enable the check box at the bottom that says don't display dialog again, then when you click OK, it will remember your changes and not bother you with this box again. I am going to click the OK button. I'm going to switch back to the Item tool, and Continue.

In the Tools palette, we have four tools that help you work with picture in text-boxes. First is the Item tool at the top, let you move it around and resize and reshape boxes. Beneath that, you have the Text Content tool, which also lets you create text-boxes and fill them with text. Same here with the Picture Content tool. It lets you put pictures into boxes or create a box to put pictures into. But the most versatile tool is the one below it, which is the Rectangle Box tool. If you click and hold on it, you'll see that it's not just a rectangle, but you can also do Ovals, Starbursts, and you can create composition zones which we'll get too much later in this training.

So for now, let's keep it as a simple rectangle box. In the next movie, we'll look at how to use these tools, but for now we are just focusing on the concept of items and content. The other two kinds of items that you might be creating within QuarkXPress would be a line, and a path upon which to put text. Let's look at the line first. With the Line tool, you simply click on your page and drag to wherever you want the line to end. So let's say we want the line to go there. Down in the Measurements palette, we can then tell it I would like this line to be of this style, and there is many to choose from, and I would like it to be an arrow or not, and if it's an arrow, doesn't want to have tail feathers or not, and in which direction does it go.

So let's make it an arrow like this for now, and let's thicken it up a bit, make it nice and fat. Now, that we have the arrow, we can resize it and reorient it by using the Item tool up here, which can also be accessed by its key shortcut, which is simply type a V. So now with the Item tool selected, we can change the angle of the rule, and point it in any direction, and make it longer or shorter. You also use the Item tool to select one or more items in case you want to move them around.

So for example, I might click up here on this text-box, and maybe I want to move this box below it at the same time. To do that, I hold down the Shift key, which let me select an additional object. If I keep the Shift key hold down I can select further items, and deselect them the same way, keeping that Shift key held down and clicking back on these picture boxes and now they are being deselected. Another way to select more than one item is to surround it with what they call a Selection Marquee. To do that, you simply click somewhere outside the items you are looking for, click-and-drag and as long as you touch any part of those items like let's say there, I'm going to select both of those items.

I don't have to completely surround them. I can even start up here, and click-and- drag, and select both of them that way. To move them I simply click-and-drag, and they all move together to wherever I want them to be. I'll undo that, put them back. Now if your goal is to simply select everything that's on the page, the quickest way to do that is go to the Edit menu and choose Select All, very handy keystroke to remember, Command+A selects all or Ctrl+A.Now, they are all selected and I can move them around all together at once. This concept of items and content is central to the way QuarkXPress works and how you interact with it.

In QuarkXPress 8, the simplified tool-set makes it much simpler and easier, and quicker to work with these items and their content.

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