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Utilizing guides and rulers

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Utilizing guides and rulers

Anytime you are trying to line something up in QuarkXPress, either with another item on the page or just to the page itself, an essential tool are the Rulers and being able to use guides. So, let's have a look at Rulers first. Under the View menu, we can choose Rulers and they show up at the top and on the left side of the document. Now by default, they show up every time you create a new document in QuarkXPress, but in this case, I had turned them off, so we need to turn them back on here. Command+R or Ctrl+R in windows is the shortcut for that.

Utilizing guides and rulers

Anytime you are trying to line something up in QuarkXPress, either with another item on the page or just to the page itself, an essential tool are the Rulers and being able to use guides. So, let's have a look at Rulers first. Under the View menu, we can choose Rulers and they show up at the top and on the left side of the document. Now by default, they show up every time you create a new document in QuarkXPress, but in this case, I had turned them off, so we need to turn them back on here. Command+R or Ctrl+R in windows is the shortcut for that.

Now, with the Rulers turned on, we can see, let's say if we grab this blue box here and move it around, it will show us little lines on the horizontal and the vertical rulers of exactly where the edges of the item are. So, it makes it kind of easy to move it to the position you want. So, if I wanted this to be at a quarter- inch here, and a quarter-inch there, if I'm clever, I can just drop it right there. Now, if you have a whole lot of these that you need to do, it makes more sense to use a guide and guides are simply pulled on to the page from the Rulers. In order to use guides, you have to see them, and again, under the View menu there is an option for Guides.

When we turn that on, any guides we have drawn will appear on the page, and the outlines of all the items on the page appear as well. So now, if you want to make a guide that lines up with the top edge of this box, we just click-and-drag it down from the ruler and notice the ruler on the left side, until we get to a quarter-inch. If we wanted to make another one vertical, we could do the same thing. Go to the other ruler and drag out to a quarter-inch. To remove a guide, just drag it right back on to the ruler. So now we have two guides that we can align other items to.

But since you don't always want items to align to guides, that's a feature you can turn on and off. It's also under the View menu, we had guides here, and now we have got Snap to Guides. By default, it is turned on, but you can also turn it off. So now, if we take this red box and drag it up to this guide, it will snap right to it. By default in North America, the unit of measurement in the ruler is set to be inches. To change the unit of measure you just Ctrl-click or right-click on the ruler, and choose Measure, and then choose from one of the units of measurement.

And they don't have to be the same. You can have inches along the top, and picas along the left. Sometimes it's easier to measure from the other end of the page, instead of the upper left-hand corner. If you want to do that, you can just again, Ctrl-click or Right-Click on the ruler, change ruler direction right to left. And notice that now the zero point will go over to the right. Now, if you do this a lot, you may want to change the preferences for all the new documents you create, so that they use the unit of measurement that you like to use the most.

Just like all the other preferences in QuarkXPress, if you change the preferences while a document is open, those preferences only affect that document. Whereas if you close this document and then go to the QuarkXPress Preferences, any changes you make will affect all new documents you create after that. So, if we go to the Measurements portion of the Preferences dialog, you can change the unit of measurement from inches to picas or anything else, and you could even tell it, if when you're working on a spread, whether you want the zero point to be at the upper-left corner of the spread or in the middle between the two pages.

Now a minute ago, we were talking about guides, and while we are in the Preferences dialog, why don't we look at the Guides & Grid section of the Preferences dialog. Up here is Snap Distance. What does that mean? It means how close to a guide do you have to drag an item before it snaps to it. This is a great thing to use, if you found yourself snapping the guides more than you want to and you want to have a little more control over that, you could decrease that distance so the item has to be closer to the guide before it snaps. You can also change the colors of the margin guides, and the guides that you draw down from the rulers. You can also control whether the guides are in front of the items on the page or behind, by default they are in front, which means that if you go to grab one and move it, it will move the guide.

Whereas, if it's behind an item and you try to grab it and there is an item in front of it, you will be moving the item instead. We'll look at the Page Grid at a different movie. So, I'm going to click OK right now and I'll show you what I mean about moving guides, if you click-and-drag on a guide you can move it to any other position where you need it. And that's about it, for Guides & Grids right now. Next, I'm going to go on to the Guide Manager which allows you to control guides in a much more significant fashion.

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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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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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