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Top QuarkXPress 8 Hints and Tips

There is often the debate for which program should be used by a graphic designer, Quark or Indesign. We feel at Jordan Twigg Design, that Quark 8 lept forward in this race with its aim to shorten the amount of time it takes you to create the artwork. There are fewer options in the toolbar, and the combination of the more tab friendly measurements toolbar at the bottom creates a great partnership. Allowing you use less clicks to get to where you need to.

There is no time for navigating you way through the menu at the top when your toolbar has everything you need, with a simple move of the mouse and a single click you have access to the most common commands that we need everyday!

Today though we want to take you through a few key commands and the use of your pallets to help you set up your artwork. Were also giving you a tip for sending you artwork to print. It’s all about saving time!

Automatic page numbering
Now this is a good one if you have never come across this one before, it’s going to save you a lot of time numbering your artwork up.

Step one: On your master page, choose where you are going to put your page number and create a text box.

Step two: Command + 3

Step three: Click back onto your artwork and insert some pages. That’s it!

Style Sheets

When setting up artwork it’s important to create style sheets, either ‘paragraph styles’ or ‘character styles’. The difference’s between the two are ‘paragraph style sheets’ apply to the whole paragraph, so you can click anywhere within those lines, choose the appropriate style sheet and look the whole section has changed style! Obviously if you wanted the whole story to be in the same style you would press ‘command + a’ and select the right paragraph style for that layout.

‘Character style sheets’ targets a highlighted word. Two click on your chosen word and it’s highlighted then click the ‘character style’ you need. Simple.

The main tip for the ‘style sheet pallet’ which will come in handy after speaking to your client is, remember that colour scheme they chosen? Well now they want different colours throughout the text.

Now there is no need to pull you hair out, you haven’t got to sit through the entire document, just repeat the process as before by highlighting the paragraph style you need to change and change the attributes of that particular paragraph, right click and scroll to update style sheet. There you go all done. This can also be done with the character styles as well, jobs a gooden.

OK so this isn’t in the toolbar or pallets, but instead of going off and opening a file with Lorem Ipsum text inside that you then copy and paste into the document. Simply create a text box (press ‘T’ and drag) head up to the menu, click ‘Utilities’, move down to ‘Jabber’, there you have it, a couple of lines of text which fills any text box size you have selected.

Colours Append
If you have a consistent client under your wing then you will find adding the colours to a new document sometimes a bit tedious, there is probably couple of ways to get round this to make it easier than typing in the CMYK split, but we find the easiest most efficient way is:

Step one: Shift + F12 or ‘Edit’ scroll down to ‘Colours’

Step two: Click append, then locate the correct job with the right colours included.

Step three: Highlight the colours you need then click the arrow pointing to the right. Click ‘OK’. Your colours are in the current document.

Output styles

The tool bar is half the size of the older versions, with the added benefit of each of the eight icons being assigned a letter. For example if your on the ‘item tool icon’ which is the ‘shaped like a crosshair with arrows’ and you want to create a new text box all you need to do is press ‘T’ and drag.

Another cool feature to the ‘tools’, allows you to move though the other options in that particular set by continuing to press that corresponding letter. So you created your text box and now you need to link to another box, click off the page and press ‘T’ again, the icon will change from a square with a ‘capital T’ to a ‘link’ icon. Click the first box and the text box you need to link too, and you have a linked box’s in less than three clicks!

Quark 8 also automatically saves your work when it crashes into a folder, you can point the folder where you want those files to save which may one day save your bacon when you should of saved your work!

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