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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.
Manually adding colors to QuarkXPress isn't the only way to get new colors into your layout. QuarkXPress also picks them up when you import Vector Graphics that contain spot colors, and also from Photoshop files that have spot colors. Notice that in this layout, all we have are the Black, Cyan, Magenta, White, and Yellow colors. If I drag this native Adobe Illustrator file in, suddenly I have two new Pantone colors that weren't there before. Those are the two Pantone colors that are used on objects inside this Adobe Illustrator file. If I delete the file, notice that the colors remain in the QuarkXPress Layout.
That's great, because then I can use them on other items on my page. If I don't want them, I can simply delete them, and they go away. Now that was an Adobe Illustrator file. What if I drag in EPS file in of that same logo? I also get the colors added. Let's pretend that I want to remove those colors now. If I try to delete this color, it warns me that I'm deleting a color that's used in a picture file. Chances are, I don't want to do that because otherwise when I go to print this file it won't separate properly.
Now if I were to drag-in a different kind of picture, for example, this Photoshop file, no new colors are added, because this Photoshop file is composed of the CMYK process colors that are already in the file. And that's true for just about every kind of picture like image you bring in. The exception is if someone has used Photoshop to build a duotone or another kind of multi-tone image, which require spot colors to be produced. If that happens, those colors are also brought in automatically to the Colors palette in QuarkXPress.
Knowing that imported graphics can also add colors to your Colors palette is helpful in several ways. First of all, if you suddenly find new colors that weren't there before, it's possible they were brought in by a newly imported graphic file. But it's also an incredibly handy way to borrow colors from existing graphics, such as a logo. So you can use them in your layout.
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