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Working with Photoshop documents

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Video: Working with Photoshop documents

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.

Working with Photoshop documents

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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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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