QuarkXPress tables can contain graphics as well as text, and in this tutorial, Mike will demonstrate how to put graphics in your tables, and how to adjust them after they’re in place. He shows how to size, crop, and rotate images in table cells, how to copy and paste images into table cells, and how to convert the content type of table cells to so you can put pictures or text any place in your tables.
- [Voiceover] QuarkXPress tables can contain graphics, as well as text, and in this movie, we'll see how to put graphics in your tables, and how to adjust them after they're in place. If you're creating a table from scratch, you have the option to make cells into text cells, or picture cells. For example, if I take the table tool, and click and drag in my layout, I'll make a table that's two rows, by two columns. Here, I can select the cell type. I'll select picture cells, leave the rest of the defaults, and click okay.
Now, I have what is, essentially, a set of four equally sized picture boxes that behave is one item, and if I want to put a picture in one of the cells, I can take the picture content tool, click on the cell, and then double click it to open a dialogue box where I can choose my picture. I'll go to the Links folder, inside the exercise files, and I'll just choose this one, tabletop.jpeg. If the picture is too large, or too small for the cell, I can re-size it, either by dragging, or by choosing something like style, scale picture to box.
In this case, I'll make it a little bit bigger, and drag to re-position it. If I want to center the picture, I can choose that from the style menu as well, and if I put my cursor by the corners of the picture, and drag, I can rotate it, just like an ordinary picture box. In the style menu, I can change the opacity of the picture, making it something like 50% opaque. Note that this is separate from the opacity of the fill color of the cell. This cell still has 100% opaque white fill, even though the picture is only 50% opaque, and I can see that down here in the home tab of the measurements pallet.
And of course, I can also use the measurements palette to make precise changes in the picture's scale, with the X, and Y percentage right here, it's position, it's rotation, and so forth. I can also see the picture's effective resolution right here, 590dpi, and that value will change as I scale the picture, bigger or smaller. I have buttons to flip the picture horizontally, and vertically, and if you need to move, or duplicate pictures from one cell to another, you can do that just by cutting, or copying, and pasting.
I'll just copy this image, select another cell, and paste it in. At any time, I can change the content type of the cell. If I wanted to make this cell contain some text instead of a picture, I can select it, and choose item, content, text. I get a warning saying the picture will be deleted, that's okay. Now, I can click in the cell, and start typing. If I change my mind, and want to make this back into a picture cell, I can go back into the item menu, or I can just right-click, and choose content, picture.
Again, delete the current contents. In this movie, we took a look at working with pictures in tables. We saw how picture cells behave pretty much just like regular picture boxes. You can import images into cells, adjust their size, position, angle, and opacity, and easily convert picture cells to text cells, and vice versa.
Mike Rankin covers the interface and preferences, and the basics of working with documents, master pages, layers, and items (the design elements of a QuarkXPress layout). He then goes over how to import text, format it, and control alignment, leading, and spacing around paragraph and text boxes. There are chapters dedicated to tables, images, and interactivity, as well as the output and publishing options in QuarkXPress, including EPUB and HTML5. Focus on just the topics you need to complete your next layout, or watch the entire course to master the desktop publishing workflow.
- What is QuarkXPress?
- Setting preferences
- Creating new documents and pages
- Moving and merging layers in QuarkXPress
- Using the Bezier Pen tool
- Importing and editing text
- Applying fonts
- Working with bullets and numbering
- Using style sheets
- Creating anchored text boxes
- Formatting tables
- Controlling color and opacity
- Adding hyperlinks, video, and animation
- Exporting QuarkXPress files
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/19/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: converting imported PDFs to QuarkXPress items and exporting to HTML5 publications. In addition, new videos were added that cover using shape tools, working with text spans and splits, nondestructive image editing, and applying transparency blend modes to items.
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1. Getting Started
What is QuarkXPress?2m 27s
2. Setting Up QuarkXPress
3. Working with QuarkXPress Documents
4. Working with Layers
5. Working with Items
6. Importing and Editing Text
7. Formatting Text
8. Using Paragraph Controls
9. Working with Text in Layouts
10. Working with Tables
11. Working with Images
12. Working with Color and Opacity
13. Adding Interactivity
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