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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.
The Job Jackets feature helps you avoid layout problems by making sure your layouts are constructed properly. If you're an output provider, you can create a Job Jackets file that encapsulates the Color Management Settings that are appropriate for particular output device. You can add custom preflighting rules that can help your customers detect potential output problems and then give that Job Jackets file to your customers. If you are a layout artist, you can download your output provider's Job Jackets file and then use it to detect and pro- actively avoid problems related to spot and process colors, pictures in the wrong format, fonts, layout sizes, and more.
Job Jackets can also help you control resources such as Style Sheets and Color Definitions in a work group. If a group of layout artists is working on separate layouts for a single customer or product, you can use Job Jackets to ensure that everyone is using the same version of a particular named color and the same typeface in a specific style sheet. This chart illustrates the relationships between the various levels in a Job Jackets file. The Job Jackets features based on the industry standard JDF format and is in fact just an extension of it. A Job Jackets file can contain numerous Job Ticket Templates and those templates can create job tickets that are then used to create any number of projects.
In this movie, we'll look at how a designer or layout artist would use a Job Ticket Template to create a new layout and how to apply a job ticket to an existing layout. Then we'll see how to evaluate that layout against the specifications in the Job Jacket. As a designer or a layout artist, you're most likely to encounter Job Jackets as Job Ticket Templates. To create a new project from a Job Ticket Template, you go to the File menu, choose New > Project from Ticket. Then you browse to the Job Jacket that you want to use, click Open, and as you'll see, it appears at the bottom here in this window.
I'm going to choose a 1 Color Sample Ticket, select and it creates a document for me. This layout is based on all the specifications that we've provided in that Job Jacket for this Job Ticket. Let's create a few items on this page and then evaluate it against the Job Ticket. I'll put a box here and make it blue. I'll put a box here and make it green and now we'll evaluate it. I'll go to the File menu, and choose Job Jackets > Evaluate Layout. This window opens with all the specifications in that Job Ticket, click the Evaluate button and it shows me that indeed this layout fails one of the tests.
It has a spot colored ink in a box and it has Too Many Inks. I also see that it caught that I have two boxes with transparency on them. This helpful control down here shows me which items are on the page that are causing that problem. If I wanted to fix it, I could click the Done button, make my changes on the page and then reevaluate. The creator of the Job Jacket can include literally hundreds of different specifications within it. These are the ones that are in this specific Job Ticket. But now we are done evaluating this layout.
So let's imagine that we have a project already created and we just want to see if it's going to meet the specifications provided to us by the output provider. To do that, I'll create a new project from a ticket, choose the kind of project that it is, let's say 4 Color. It creates a new project for me and now if I go back to my original project and in this layout copy everything in it and then switch to the project that I just created and paste it in.
All the items appear on the page and by the way, you may notice that the color shifted. Why do the color shift? Because included in the Job Jackets is a profile for their output device and when I go to the View menu, and look at Proof Output, it's already selected. That's because the Job Ticket included that information. That's incredibly helpful because now I see what the colors are going to look like before I even output. So, now let's evaluate this layout against the specifications that were in the Job Ticket. We can choose Job Jackets > Evaluate Layout, click the Evaluate button and it shows this.
Oh boy, we have a 4 Color job and we have got spot color inks in it. Once again, you can use these arrows to show you which items have the offending problems in them and then if you like you can cancel out of here, make the changes you need and then reevaluate. Now, if you're a project manager or you've got an output service, you can create your own Job Jackets and here is where you do that. Under the Utilities menu, you can choose Job Jackets Manager. When you get there, you see the current Job Jackets that you've available, the content within them including the tickets that are attached to those Job Jackets.
If you want to create a new Job Jacket, you can do that here. You can create a new ticket template. You can edit the items that are in here. You can duplicate an existing item and then make changes to it and re-save it. You can open a Job Jacket from somewhere else. You can close the Job Jacket you're in right now, you can import a ticket, export a ticket and you can delete any item that you are working on. Job Jackets and Job Tickets are incredibly valuable when you're working in larger organizations or as a designer you're working with an organization that has specific output requirements.
Project managers can include every conceivable specifications in a Job Jacket and the specifications that are most useful for you as a designer, appear automatically in the projects that you create from those tickets. The end result is it can reduce the number of problems at output time to 0.
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