Introduction to Quark XPress

Duration: 2 Days

Objectives

The course is designed to give new users an appreciation and sound working knowledge of this well-known professional typesetting and page layout tool.

Pre-requisites

Knowledge of the Mac or Windows operating system. Some knowledge of basic principles of graphic design and reprographic terminology and techniques is useful, though not essential.

Course includes

A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

Introduction to Quark XPress

  • Overview of software based publishing
  • Understanding Projects and Layouts
  • Single and Multiple Layouts
  • Setting page size and margins
  • Defining columns, guides and gutters
  • Saving, naming and renaming a Project
  • Revert to Saved command
  • Moving around, scroll bars, ‘live’ scrolling, zooming in and out
  • Trim preview
  • Floating palettes and palette sets

Creating Items

  • Drawing rectangular items
  • Positioning/Resizing/Rotating items
  • Using the Item tool and the Rotate tool
  • Grouping and ungrouping, locking and unlocking items, duplicating items, constraining items
  • Undo, Copy, Cut, Paste and Select All commands for items/ items contents

Text boxes

  • Using the Text box creation tool to create and resize text boxes using handles
  • Creating and modifying text
  • Hiding and showing invisible (non-printing) characters
  • Accessing special characters with glyphs palette
  • Text overflow
  • Linking and unlinking text boxes
  • Using the Linkster feature
  • Multiple column boxes
  • Controlling text flow
  • Using Story Editor

Typography and character formatting

  • Using character-based stylesheets
  • Selecting fonts and font sizes
  • Horizontal and vertical scaling of text
  • Kerning and tracking
  • Baseline shift

Paragraph formatting

  • Using paragraph-based stylesheets
  • Setting hanging indents and first line indents
  • Leading settings
  • Drop capitals
  • Widows and orphans
  • Paragraph rules
  • Spacing and the “Indent here” command for bulleted lists and numbered paragraphs
  • Hyphenation and Justification

Tabs and Tables

  • Inserting tabs and setting tab ruler markers
  • Deleting tabs
  • Adding fill characters
  • Using paragraph rules
  • Creating and using tables
  • Placing text and graphics in table cells
  • Converting text to tables and vice versa

Pictures and picture boxes

  • Picture box creation tools
  • Creating and resizing picture boxes
  • Importing pictures, basic image manipulation, e.g resizing and cropping, framing/keylining boxes
  • Deleting items/ item contents
  • Text runaround
  • Item, Auto and Manual Image modes
  • Using Callouts
  • Transparency and Drop shadows
  • Using ImageGrid

Working with objects

  • Drawing rules/lines using the freeline drawing tool and orthogonal drawing tool
  • Cloning
  • Bezier paths (creating and editing)
  • Shapemaker
  • Setting rule weights

Further text capabilities

  • Find/Change (search and replace)
  • Spell Checking
  • Defining tab positions - tab alignment, leadered lines, aligning figures, modifying tabs
  • Creating and modifying tables
  • Converting text to tables
  • Using Gridlines
  • Importing data from Excel
  • Conditional text

Introduction to Master Pages

  • Single and Spread masters
  • Modifying master guides
  • Creating master items
  • Using page numbering
  • Using multiple master pages

Miscellaneous

  • Basic use of colour
  • Setting up and defining colours
  • Setting up and using XPress Libraries
  • Working with layers
  • Printing simple documents
  • Overview of colour separation
  • Collect for output
  • PDF output for screen and print
  • Export to other formats
  • Questions and answers

This course is available as a private or customised course. Contact us for further information and to customise this course to your exact requirements:

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