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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.
You can import many different picture formats into QuarkXPress, but the native Photoshop format carries with it a few additional abilities. [00:00:0.9.60] For example, this little dog here is a native Photoshop file. If I go to the Window menu and open PSD Import, the PSD Import palette shows up and it shows me the layers, the channels and the paths that are inside this Photoshop file. Now if this layout looks familiar to you, it may be because you used Photoshop.
If we have a quick look at this file in Photoshop, by Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on to it and choosing Edit Original, you'll see that down here, we have that same Layers, Channels and Paths palette. In fact, the controls in QuarkXPress are exactly the same as the ones in Photoshop. I'm going to switch back to QuarkXPress and we'll explore the PSD Import palette. This chihuahua has a clipping path attached to it. That's why its background is knocked out, but you can turn that path on and off, just as you can turn any number of paths on and off that happen to be in this Photoshop file.
Similarly, if we go to the Layers tab, we can make the entire layer invisible and turn on the layer above it. Notice that this layer came in with an attached layer mask. That's why you can see the background of the cover right here behind his head. If the author of this Photoshop file had included an additional alpha mask, it would show up here under Channels and you could turn it off and on to show and hide different parts of the picture. In this one, we just have the basic red, green and blue channels and we can turn them on and off for various effects.
I'll leave them all turned on right now and go back to the Layers tab so we can see how you can blend layers into each other. I'm going to re-enable the lower layer and now I can select this upper layer and choose to blend it in any of the standard Photoshop blending modes with the layers beneath it. I can also choose to change its opacity to something less than 100%. The end result is exactly like what you would see in Photoshop if you change the Blend modes and the opacity of the layers.
There are a couple of extra features in this palette that are handy. One of them is the little green dot at the bottom. That indicates that you're currently looking at the most up-to-date version of this file on your hard drive. If it were red, that would mean that file was missing and if it were yellow, it would indicate that file had been modified. In that case, you definitely want to update it using Utilities > Usage, because otherwise, you're not looking at the same file that's on your hard drive. The other feature on this palette that's helpful is the palette menu after the side here.
Notice it says Revert Layer, Revert All Layers. That way, if you get yourself completely confused and don't know what you're doing anymore, you can revert it back to what it was when you first opened the palette and the same is true on channels and paths. Now the palette Options choice here in the menu, just lets you indicate how large you'd like your thumbnails to be in the palette. When you have a lot of layers, you can reduce the size of the thumbnails or ever turn them off so that you can see more of them in the palette.
Now if I have made a lot of changes to a picture in this PSD Import palette and I'd like to just revert it all to what it all started out as. I find it sometimes easier to just re- import the picture into the picture box and all the settings will go back to what they were before I started. But for now, let's have some fun. I'm going to turn my clipping path back on. I'm going to go back to my layers. I'm going to make that top layer invisible again and I'm going to add a drop shadow to this picture, in the Drop Shadow tab of the Measurements palette. Now my dog looks like he's a little bit more coming off the page and while I'm adding drop shadows, I'm going to add a drop shadow to this and a drop shadow to this and a drop shadow to the nameplate and bingo! I've got something much more appealing on a new stand.
Using native Photoshop files in QuarkXPress doesn't mean you have to use the PSD Import palette to make adjustments to it. You could just use a native Photoshop file and it will show up just like the last time you saw it in Photoshop. But this ability to control the layers and the channels and the paths within the file is unique to QuarkXPress and can even be an efficiency enhancer by letting you use the same Photoshop file in a number of different picture boxes and apply different blend modes, channels and paths to it to get completely different looks.
I'll end this movie by just giving you one serious current limitation to the PSD Import feature, and that is, if in Photoshop you've applied a layer effect to a layer, you'll have access to the Layers, Channels and Paths here in the PSD Import palette. In essence, your Photoshop file will work just like a TIFF file.
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