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Using frames, dashes, and stripes


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

with Jay Nelson

Video: Using frames, dashes, and stripes

A frame in QuarkXPress refers to the border around a picture or text box. You can think of it like a picture frame. There are a wide variety of styles and shapes that you can use for the frames and many of them are editable right within QuarkXPress. That way you can create your own frames. Let's have a look at how they work. I'm going to zoom in on this picture right here and when we click on it, we'll notice that down in the Measurements palette there is a Frame tab and here we can see that there is currently a 2 point solid frame in 50% black color, at 100% opacity assigned to this picture box.
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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

Using frames, dashes, and stripes

A frame in QuarkXPress refers to the border around a picture or text box. You can think of it like a picture frame. There are a wide variety of styles and shapes that you can use for the frames and many of them are editable right within QuarkXPress. That way you can create your own frames. Let's have a look at how they work. I'm going to zoom in on this picture right here and when we click on it, we'll notice that down in the Measurements palette there is a Frame tab and here we can see that there is currently a 2 point solid frame in 50% black color, at 100% opacity assigned to this picture box.

We can change the thickness to anything we would like, we can change its color and tint and its opacity so that anything behind it will show through. The style of the frame could be anything from dots to dots and dashes, to dashes and dashes and various combinations of thick and thin rules. In addition, QuarkXPress includes a number of pre-built frame styles that could be handy is some layout situations. Now each one of these special ornate frames is best to use at a particular size because it was designed to be used at a particular size.

When you click on the Weight or Thickness pop-up menu in the Measurements palette, you notice that one of the items is bolder than the other. Can you see the 24 point is actually bolder than the rest? That indicates the 24 point is its preferred size. If we choose another frame say this one here, it may have a different preferred size, in this case 36 points and that's the size it likes to print at. And if we choose the Certificate it's even larger, 42 points.

So, that's how big it would prefer to print at. Now, you can use the other sizes, but you may want to test to see what it looks like when it prints before you commit to using them in that job. You may notice that a new option appears down here called Gap and Gap Color when you choose particular styles of frames. For example, the simplest-- let's say this dotted one, which is actually dashed, let's make it thinner so that we can see what we are doing here. The frame itself is red, the dashes are red, but what color is it in between. Well, it can be either nothing or it can be another color.

And you can control its tint and its opacity as well. You may have noticed that the frames are all appearing on the inside of the picture box. That's because that's the default behavior in QuarkXPress. The advantage to that is that no matter how thick you put a frame on a box, it's always going to align on the outside edge of the frame any time you try to align it to something. But if that doesn't matter to you and you really want to have those frames on the outside of the picture box, in QuarkXPress Preferences you can change that down under the bottom area where it says General, right here Framing, Inside or Outside.

If we change it to Outside and click OK, then the next frame we create and assign a frame to, will have its frame on the outside of the box. So let's just do that real quick. We'll make a quick box and we'll give it a frame and we'll make it nice and thick and if you look carefully at it, you will see that the frame actually groove from the outside of the edge of the box. I'll just undo that last step so that you can see how the frame was applied to the box. You see it was added to the outside.

But even though you have this option, I highly encourage you to consider keeping the preferences exactly as they were because generally it's going to give you fewer headaches as you are laying items out on a page. The frames that you saw that were available down here are not the only frames that you can use. If you don't find that any of these are to your liking, you can also create your own under Edit > Dashes & Stripes. Now they call it Dashes & Stripes because they are applied not only to frames, but also to any rules or lines that you want to use in your document.

I'm not going to get into the details of all the different ways you can change these Dashes and Stripes, but I'll point out that you just click here to create a new Dash or Stripe or edit an existing one or append Dashes and Stripes from another document that you have created new ones in. If we click the Edit button, you will get an example of the kind of interface that you would be using to create Dashes or Stripes. You give it a name. You click on these rulers to change the attributes of the Dashes. Same down here and same here.

When you are done you click OK and then that Dash or Stripe changes to the settings that you have used in here. Well, some of these Dashes and Stripe styles aren't necessarily the kinds you might use in a professional publishing situation. Many of them are and when you quickly need something like a coupon border, this is a great way to get without grabbing for your Clip Art Library.

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