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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.
Another tool for accessing all the characters in a font is found under the Window menu called Glyphs. It's the Glyphs palette. When the Glyphs palette opens, it's kind of small. I always like to make it bigger right away. So we'll just make it bigger and we'll increase the size of the characters so that we can see them better. So I'm going to make this nice and big so you can see what it is. By default, it shows you the currently selected font, in this case, Times. But you can choose any font that you currently have active on your computer. It shows it to you in the style that you're currently using it at in your document, but you can also choose to see it in bold or italic or a combination of those two.
This is actually kind of handy because if you select a font that doesn't have an italic or a bold and you click on bold or italic, you won't see the characters change, except maybe to make them thicker or tilt them over. You can choose to look at the entire font or just selections of the font. For example, the European characters or the Symbols. This makes it much easier to find things like the trademark symbol, if you don't remember the keyboard command for it. For that matter, if you find yourself using a symbol such as this trademark symbol quite often, you can store it in the Favorite Glyphs panel at the bottom.
To do that, you simply select the TM and then either Ctrl-click or right-click on it, choose Add to Favorites or you can choose Add to Favorites up here on the little palette menu. Then when we open our Favorite Glyphs panel, you'll see the trademark symbol right here. Now remember it's not only the character itself, but what font it is. So the next time you want to use it, you can drag this Times Roman trademark symbol into your text regardless of which font you're using at the time. Now that's really handy for things like dingbats. If I use the Scissors quite a lot or this arrow or this character right here, I can simply double-click it to insert it right into my text flow in the font that it originally came from.
That's a terrific time-saver from having to change the font and then find the character and put it in. But the Glyphs palette has a whole lot more features up its sleeve. For example, if you choose a typeface that's in OpenType format and it has all the extended features of OpenType, for example, this Garamond Premier Pro here, you're going to see not only all the mini characters that are in it, but some new opportunities open up. For example, instead of looking at the entire font, we can just look at alternates for a given character that we've chosen.
That's really great when you're working with Swash characters and special versions of letters. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to change this paragraph to the Garamond Premier Pro that we were just looking at. So assuming we're working in this font, we can look at alternates for characters that we have in here. So let's say we want to see if there's a different C we can use here. All we have to do is choose Alternates for selection and it will show us all the Cs in that font.
Some fonts have lots of different alternates for particular characters. So you can customize things like headlines or invitations. Let's switch it to the Italic version and let's choose Alternates. Now we can see that there are three different Cs available in that font. And if I double-click this one, it will replace that C with this C. But look at the other options that are here, because it's this extended OpenType font. We can look at all the alternates for all the characters, which means, if we run into a Q, do you see the little triangle at the bottom corner of the box? If we click on that, it will show us the other Qs and we can select that and drop it right in.
So this is a good visual way to see all the alternate characters in an extended OpenType font. We can look at Small Caps. We can look at Case Sensitive Forms, Discretionary Ligatures, all these different things that could be built into an OpenType font. We'll see if there's any Swashes here. Oh! There we go. This is great. So now we know that if we run into a beautiful D somewhere, we have some different options we can choose for that D. This is also a great way to discover if there happened to be any hidden symbols tucked into the font.
As a matter of fact, in this one, we happened to see that there are some checkboxes available that you really wouldn't expect in there. When I'm doing a lot of formatting of type, I keep the Glyphs palette open so that I can remember to go and look and see if maybe there are some special features that I could be taking advantage of, in the font that I'm using.
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