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Understanding job jackets


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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Video: Understanding job jackets

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.
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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 job jackets

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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