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Understanding relationships between items


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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Video: Understanding relationships between items

When doing page layout work, it's really common to have a bunch of items on the page that are overlapping or in some way interacting with each other and that's why it's important to understand how they stack on top of each other and how you can distribute or align them together and how you can group them and do things to group them all at one time. So, first of all, let's look the stacking order as they call it. In other words, every time you create an object in QuarkXPress and then after that make another object, let's say I'll take this thing here and make a circle, fill that with some color.
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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 relationships between items

When doing page layout work, it's really common to have a bunch of items on the page that are overlapping or in some way interacting with each other and that's why it's important to understand how they stack on top of each other and how you can distribute or align them together and how you can group them and do things to group them all at one time. So, first of all, let's look the stacking order as they call it. In other words, every time you create an object in QuarkXPress and then after that make another object, let's say I'll take this thing here and make a circle, fill that with some color.

This item is on top of that item. Well that's the stacking order and if you had more of them stacked up, each one would have its own place in the stacking order. To control this place in the stacking order, let's say I wanted to move this circle underneath the square, you could either go to the Item menu and choose Send To Back or you could Ctrl-click or right-click on the item and choose Send & Bring > Send To Back. So, now it's behind the blue rectangle. Now you also notice a chunk is missing now because this item right here is in front of it. Why is it in front of it, because this one was sent to the back? So let's undo that and let's say we wanted to send it backward but just by one level.

If you Ctrl-click on the item or right click on it, Send & Bring > Send Backward, instead of Send To Back and what that will do is send it one level back in the stacking order. So now we have this blue box on the very top and this lighter blue box just behind it. Now don't confuse this with the concept of using layers as in the Layers palette. What we are looking at right now is the stacking order, the order that items are on the same layer with each other. Groups of items can be on layers and the layers can be adjusted individually but we'll talk about that later on.

The next thing I want to talk about is aligning and distributing items. Sometimes you have a bunch of items like, say these squares here and we want to be able to distribute them evenly or align them. Let's say they started out in a very unusual arrangement like this and what we wanted to do is make them all line up. Well the first thing you do is select all the items and then in the Measurements palette, you will see this tab here that's for Spacing and Aligning. There you can say take all these items and move them to a new position, do these other things to them, but what we want to focus on, are these little icons here that will space the top edges, space the vertical centers, the bottom edges etcetera or space the left, center and right or align the left, center or right edges or align the top, center or bottom edges.

So, for example, if we click on Aligning Bottom Edges, they are all going to align on their bottom edges. But notice that the spaces in between them remain the same as they were before just kind of random, and that's because we use the Alignment buttons here. The Space buttons here are about distributing. So if we click the Space Horizontally button here and notice that here under Space it says Evenly, guess what we are going to get. We are going to horizontally space them evenly. Now what we just did was distribute items in relation to each other. But what if you want to distribute them in relation to the page? That's right.

Let's say you selected this box here and you wanted to put it in the exact center of the page or against an edge. All you do is select the item and in the Space Align tab here, notice that we can switch to Page Relative instead of Item Relative. By clicking that, these buttons become active which allow me to, for example, move that box over the right edge of the page, boom, just like that, or to the left edge or to the top or to the bottom. If you want to have it completely centered, just click these two buttons here and now that item is exactly centered in the page.

The other useful thing that you'll find yourself doing with multiple items in QuarkXPress is grouping them. That way you can move them all at the same time without being afraid that you will move one without the others. So for example, if I wanted to make sure that this text box and this text box and this picture always move together, I can select each one and choose Item, Group or Command+G or Ctrl+G on Windows. As you will see, it now creates an outline for the whole group that extends to the very edges of all of the items.

If you wanted to rotate them all together, just move your cursor just outside one of the corners and you can rotate everybody at the same time. I'll undo that. You can also scale all the items in there at one time. Let me zoom in a little bit, so you can see better what I'm talking about. You can scale all these items at once by simply holding down the Command key when you click and drag on a corner and on Windows, just hold down the Ctrl key to do that Another way to scale this group is to simply type new numbers into the Width and Height field down in the Measurements palette.

Understanding the relationships between items will make you much more capable of moving around on your page and being efficient while you do it.

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