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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.
One new welcome feature in QuarkXPress 8 is Item Find/Change. That's really handy when you have a lot of items across a lot of pages and you want to find all the ones that share a particular attribute and then change that attribute or multiple attributes. Let me show you what I mean. On this page, we have these three blue boxes. All I have to do is go up to the Edit menu and right here next to Find/Change for text is Item Find/Change and in the dialog box, you will find just about every attribute you could possibly assign to an item.
The tabs across the top break the attributes into logical clusters. The area underneath there has all the different attributes that you can find or change. And below that, you can limit your search to only certain kinds of items on the page. Text Boxes, Picture Boxes, boxes that have no content, Lines or Text Paths. And this isn't an all-or-nothing kind of deal. You can hit Find Next and then Change, then Find, Change, Change All, so that you can one by one go through your layout and change the attributes of items as you see fit.
So in this case, let's say I want to change all these blue boxes to a different color. Well, I would have to find all the boxes whose color is blue and change it to this green here and I can also change it to a particular shade, opacity or even a blend from green to another color and let's just see what happens. If I press Find Next, it will find the first blue box on the page and I can say yeah, I want to change that one, change and then find the next one, Change and then find next one or I could change it and stop finding or I can click Change All and it will find all the blue boxes everywhere and change them to that green gradient.
Now, I'll leave you to explore the other panels of this palette but just real quickly, we can change the frame to all different kinds. If you had a line, you can change it; if you had a picture itself, you can change it within the picture box. You can find and change the attributes of text boxes and at the end, you see a summary of what it is you are about to do, in this case, blue box becomes this kind of box. Now if you don't manually want to go through and select all of these different attributes, you can pick them up from an existing item. I'm just canceling out of here and I'll show what I mean.
If I select this red box and again go to Edit > Item Find/Change, you will see that it remembered the previous settings that we are using in the Find/Change dialog box. Well in the fly-out menu here is an option called Acquire Attributes. Since we are in the Summary field, it will acquire all the attributes of the selected item. But bear with me, let's switch back to just the box color and watch this blue color change as we acquire the attributes for this panel meaning the box color panel from the item that we have selected.
Notice it changes to Red with the Shade and Opacity and Blend Type we see here. So that's how you bring in attributes from an existing item to search for and you can do it either with individual panels like this or if you click the Summary panel, you can choose Acquire All Attributes and everything about that box will be filled in, in the appropriate panels. The Item Find/Change feature can be especially helpful when you haven't used Item Styles to set up your items to begin with, but it can also be helpful when you just want to change a particular aspect of a whole lot of different items at the same time.
Anytime you are faced with changing a bunch of different items attributes, I encourage you to try Item Find/Change.
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