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Save time by using QuarkXPress libraries

Do you save time by using Quark libraries?

Saving time is all important when working on projects, but being organised is even more important. I do both by using libraries in Quark to keep a clients logos and key images to hand quickly. This way I don’t have to import an image I can just drag and drop from the library.

Setting up a new library

File > New > Library (alt +  + N)

create new library

Give your library a name and save it. I have a folder in ‘documents’ with my libraries.

Now for adding items to your library. You do this by dragging items from an open Quark document on to the library palette. When you drag and item to the palette you will see a pair of glasses icon appear, simply click off and your item will appear in the library.

Remember items in a library won’t update, so you will need to delete an item (select and click backspace button), update the original and re insert it into a library.

Using your library

To use an item click and drag it from the library on to an open Quark document. You can then resize, colour or style as normal.

You can name library items by double clicking on it, ‘Library Entry’ box appears, name and save it. The name can be an individual one or a generic one, for example you may name three items ‘Logo’. Why you may wonder… You will see a drop down menu at the top of your library this contains all the item names, so if you have three under logo it will display all of them. This is helpful when you have a very large library.

As well as logos and images you can even add text boxes to a library. The big difference with a library is that it stores the text box as it was when dragged in and any changes that are made in a live document do not affect the library version.

Some uses for a library that can be helpful…

A magazine – for holding page furniture or icons

Company literature – for holding logos, tag lines and address details

Newsletters – for holding standard text boxes containing each used style sheet

If you have found this helpful or have other uses for your Quark library, please let me know

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