Creating bulleted lists is a common task when you’re creating page layouts. In this movie, Mike Rankin shows how you can apply them manually via the paragraph controls in the Measurements palette. Mike also demonstrates how to have more control over the appearance of bullets, create a custom bullet style and then add it to the paragraph style you apply to your list.
- [Voiceover] Creating bulleted lists is a common task when you're creating page layouts. Let's see how to create and apply bullet styles in QuarkXPress. Here at our exercise file we have a list of the various names for a particular kind of cheese in different countries and if we want to mark each list item with bullets, it's pretty simple to do that. Let's start by zooming in and select the paragraphs with the text tool. Go to the paragraph controls in the measurements pallet and over on the right side are the bulleting controls.
If you don't see them, you may have to click this right pointing arrow to move them over, like that. Click the pop up and choose the default bullet style. Sort of generic looking bullets are added to the left of each line and if I turn on invisibles by pressing commander control I, you can see the bullet areas get highlighted in gray. When we turn the invisibles off the gray goes away. These bullets are very plain and they're too far the text, in my opinion. We can increase that distance by increasing the minimum distance in the measurements pallet, right here, but I can't decrease it since it was already zero to begin with it.
Windows users will need to press control shift f to open to paragraph attribute style log box and look in the first tab to see the controls for setting the minimum distance between the bullet and the text. The space is just part of the default bullet style. Lets make a new custom bullet style and apply it. To do that, go to the "Edit" menu, and choose "Bullet, Numbering, and Outline Styles". Lets click on "New" and choose "bullet styles" and we'll give it a name just call it, "Cheese Bullet".
And here we can use the same formatting from the paragraph or pick a character style to format the bullet. I've already created one in the exercise file that we can choose called "Bullet Red". It just changes the color of the bullet but you can also use the character style to change the font and the size of the bullet, and so on. You can also pick a different character here if you don't want the standard bullet character. The outside value is how you position the bullet, relative to the paragraph. Negative values push the bullet to the left of the paragraph indent. That means, if there is no left indent, the bullet will stick outside the left side of the text box.
That's just something to keep in mind. You may have to use paragraph indents and first line indents, to get the text alignment you want when you add bullets. So here, with "Left" alignment chosen, the left edge of the bullet is going to be 18 points from the text. If I chose "Right" alignment, then the right edge of the bullet would be 18 points from the text. Or "Center" to put the center of the bullet 18 points from the text. And you can specify this distance in either Absolute units or Relative to In Ems space The relative choice can help if you're trying to use one bullet style in various places with different size texts.
This makes the spacing flexible. But in our case, lets stick with absolute and make it less, something less like negative ten points. Size, is great out, because the bullets size is coming from the character style that we picked. But if I changed that to "Inherit from Paragraph" then I could put a size in here. But again, lets choose our character style that I created and click "OK" and save our bullet style. To apply our bullet style, make sure the paragraphs are selected and in the measurements pallet from the Bullets and Numbering style popup, choose our bullet style "Cheese Bullet".
And finally, lets take it one step further and make this bulleting part of the paragraph style we're using here. We talk more about setting up paragraph styles in another movie but for now lets just see where bullets are found. In the "Paragraph" style sheets pallet, right click on "Cheese List" and choose edit. Click on "Formats" and in bulleting numbering, down here at the bottom, choose our bullet style. Make sure the minimum distance is set to zero and click "OK".
All the list items are formatted with the style and we can create new items anywhere in this layout and apply the paragraph style to make good looking, consistent bullets. Remember, when you wanna add bullets to a paragraph you can apply them manually via the "Paragraph" controls in the measurements pallet. And when you want more control of the appearance of bullets you can create a custom bullet style and then add it to a paragraph style to apply it to your list.
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