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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.
So here we have a layout that uses master pages. Let's see what happens when you change items on the layout pages versus changing items on the master pages, how you apply master pages to layout pages, and then how do you rename master pages so that they make more sense for your project. The first and most important thing to realize about master pages is that items on those pages are actually just regular QuarkXPress page items, which means that if you make changes on the layout pages like this one, or this one or this one, those changes by default will stay changed, even if you go back and change to the master page.
Conversely, if you change the master page items, and you haven't changed them on your layout pages, then when you go back to your layout pages, those changes from the master pages will be reflected on the layout pages. So let's look how you change master page items. First, you just go to the master page, the page is based on and again down here this little toggle is the best way to get there. Now we are looking at the master page that's applied to that layout page. So let's say we go down here, and we change the text in this little text box right here, or you can change its size or any attribute about it at all.
I'm going to type in Excerpts From Medical Essays and now when we go back to the page that we were just on, we can see that, oh my goodness, yes it says Excerpts From Medical Essays. That's the whole point of a master page. Applying a master page to an existing page is really simple. All you have to do is go to the Page Layout palette, select the master page, and drag it right on top of any of the pages you want to apply the master page to. As long as you haven't made any changes to the master page items on those pages to begin with, the new master page will take over and your layout page will look like that master page.
Now when I say you haven't made any changes, of course the big exception is that if you've filled your automatic text box with texts that's not making a change, that's just doing what the automatic text box expects you to do. But aside from entering and formatting text in an automatic text box, any changes you make to the items on the page that were from the master page, are going to stay the way they are, if you apply a new master page to that layout page. And finally, let's see what happens when you create a new master page, and you want to give it a name.
Up here at the top of the Page Layout palette are series of icons that let you either duplicate a selected master page, or drag one of these down into this area to create a new master page, either as a blank facing page, or as a blank single page. So let's create a new Blank Facing Page. Now when we do, it comes in with a name that is simply sequentially after the one that was there before. So it comes in as B-Master B, the next one would be C-Master C. To change the name to something more useful for you, all you have to do is click on it and type a new name.
It's helpful if you keep the beginning of the name as A, B, C for example because then they show up on your layout pages or something you can understand. So for B, I may call it Intro pages. So then if you want to apply this master page to an existing layout page, you simply drag it right on to the layout page, and when the layout page is highlighted like that, you can let go, and now page 3 will take on the attributes of this second master page. Now let's say you want to remove the master page items from a page.
The easiest way to do that is to drag one of these Blank Master Page icons up here right on to your layout page. When it highlights, you let go. And then the master page items disappear as you can see down here there is no longer a page number or other information. And in the Page Layout palette, the page icon is blank. One important comment about applying master pages to layout pages or creating new pages from master pages, and that is you can't undo it. So anytime you start working with master pages, and applying master pages and adding pages, save your document first.
That way you can always go back to File > Revert to Saved, to undo any of the page related changes that you've made. Now if you want to copy your master page from one layout to another, just copy a document page, a layout page that is based on that master page. And the master page will come along for the ride. The way to do that is to change your View to Thumbnails. That way you can drag pages from one layout to another. We'll create a new layout, and also view that as Thumbnails, and now when we drag, say this page over to this document, and let go.
When we activate this document, you'll see, look we have the A-Chapter Pages master over here as well. Now you can simply delete that page that you just brought in, and now you've what you started out with, except you have the master page available to be used. There are many other subtle and not so subtle characteristics about master pages and how they relate to layout pages, but these are the basics. And using master pages could be the single most valuable and time saving thing you can do when your layouts have more than a few pages.
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