QuarkEd: Modular, Step-by-step Training Program

QuarkEd caters for users of all ability levels. Each module contains a PDF guide as well as all of the supporting sample files that you will require to complete the module.

  1. QuarkXPress Basics
  2. Advanced Layout Construction

QuarkXPress Basics

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QuarkXPress Basics

This module introduces you to some of the basic functionality of QuarkXPress. You will learn how to view and navigate through layouts, add and format text, import pictures, print a layout, and create tables. Once you master the material in this module, you'll be ready to move on to more advanced QuarkXPress features such as master pages, style sheets, Web layouts, image editing, PDF output, synchronization, Composition Zones®, and
Job Jackets®.

Advanced Layout Construction

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Advanced Layout Construction

The "QuarkXPress basics" module provides the information you need to do just about anything you want with QuarkXPress®. This module focuses on how to do things more quickly and efficiently. The lessons in this section show how to create automatic page elements (such as headers, footers, and page numbers) with master pages, how to store often-used page elements in libraries, how to create templates that streamline the process of creating new documents, how to use palette groups and palette sets to optimize the QuarkXPress user interface, and how to use XTensions® software to expand the capabilities of QuarkXPress.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

  3. Text and Typography
  4. Page Elements

Text and Typography

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Text and Typography

The text on today's printed page looks much the same as it has since the first printing presses came into existence. However, the process of getting that text to the page has become easier and more versatile over time — and QuarkXPress® is one of the reasons why. QuarkXPress offers a wide variety of features for streamlining the production both of text-based documents and of design-centered pieces, with solid text-handling features that have stood the test of time, plus new features that allow you to take advantage of powerful new fonts.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Page Elements

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Page Elements

QuarkXPress® simplifies the construction of page layouts by breaking them down into page elements such as text boxes, picture boxes, and lines. You can combine page elements in a layout, stack them in front of and behind one another, group them, and change their shapes. You can even put page elements onto invisible layers, so that those page elements can be hidden, shown, printed, or suppressed at the click of a button.

This module explains everything you need to know about working with page elements and making them interact with one another using stacking and layers.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

  5. Long-Document Features
  6. Transparency and Drop Shadows

Long-Document Features

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Long-Document Features

Long documents present unique challenges — and QuarkXPress® includes features to meet those challenges. In this module, you’ll learn how to combine several QuarkXPress projects into a book, and how to control page numbering and styles within that book. You’ll learn how to create an automatic table of contents. And finally, you’ll learn how to set up an automatically generated index.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Transparency and Drop Shadows

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Transparency and Drop Shadows

With QuarkXPress®, you can apply transparency and automatic feathered drop shadows to pictures and text, and all items and text remain fully editable. In this module, you’ll learn how to use these graphically dynamic features.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

  7. Color Management
  8. Advanced Pictures

Color Management

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Color Management

Anyone who works with printed color pieces is aware of the difficulty of creating a printed piece that matches the way the piece looks on a monitor. In this module, you’ll learn about how QuarkXPress® handles color management.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Advanced Pictures

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Advanced Pictures

QuarkXPress® lets you import picture files in a wide variety of formats, including popular formats such as TIFF, JPEG, and PNG — but that's only the beginning. You can use a clipping path built into an image to make the image interact with the text and layout, or create your own clipping path in QuarkXPress. You can use an image's alpha channel to fade the image seamlessly into the background. You can apply your own visual effects to imported pictures and see the results immediately, right there in the layout. You can even import a multilayer Adobe® Photoshop® file, and show and hide its layers without launching Photoshop.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

  9. PDF Output
10. Web Layouts

PDF Output

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PDF Output

Among the most popular formats for distributing information is PDF (Portable Document Format). A PDF file can contain searchable content and hyperlinks, and can be opened and printed on almost any platform, making PDF ideal for distributing information on the Web and a variety of other media.

To create a PDF file from most applications, a third-party tool such as Acrobat® Distiller® is required. However, with QuarkXPress, you can create PDF files directly from QuarkXPress®, with no third-party tools required

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Web Layouts

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Web Layouts

Many people are familiar with QuarkXPress® as the premier tool for producing print publications. However,
you can also use QuarkXPress to create beautifully designed Web pages, complete with hyperlinks, rollovers, cascading menus, embedded Flash® graphics, and submittable forms — and you don't have to know a word of HTML to do it.

This module introduces you to Web layouts, which are a special kind of layout that you can export in HTML format. You will learn how to create hyperlinks, image maps, menus, forms, and rollovers; you'll learn how to configure text and pictures for use on the Web; you'll learn how to include interactive Flash content in your pages; and you'll learn how to intelligently convert a page that was created for print into a page that looks great on the Web.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

11. Shared Content
12. Composition Zones

Shared Content

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Shared Content

Version 6 of QuarkXPress® introduced the concept of layouts and projects. Prior to version 6, a QuarkXPress file was a QuarkXPress "document," and it could contain only one series of same-sized pages. With version 6, "documents" became "projects," and projects were allowed to contain multiple layouts of different sizes, and even different types (Print or Web). Version 6 also introduced the concept of synchronized text, which helps you to maintain consistency among layouts, pages, or even different parts of the same page. Beginning with version 7, you can also synchronize text formatting, boxes, pictures, and more.

The concepts of multiple layouts and synchronization are not dependent on one another; you can use one without the other. However, they are grouped in this module because they work well together. The first lesson in this module provides an in-depth look at the concept of projects and layouts, and the second lesson shows you how to work with synchronization.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Composition Zones

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Composition Zones

In most publishing environments, projects are created as a collaborative effort. Different people are responsible for different aspects of a layout: a writer writes the text, whereas a layout artist formats that text and controls its flow. Sometimes more than one person might need to work on a project at the same time; for example, a writer might need to work on the text of the story on the top of page four while a layout artist formats the story on the bottom half of the same page.

The Composition Zones® feature is designed to solve problems like this by allowing you to export a portion of a project as a separate file so someone else can work on it. With the Composition Zones feature, the writers of the stories on the top and bottom halves of page four can work on their stories simultaneously — and the copy editor can proof the story on page two while the layout artist formats the story on page six. If the writer of the story on the top half of page four is in a different country, the main layout artist can simply e-mail the project containing that writer's story to the writer, and continue working with the rest of the project while the writer works on the story.

This module consists of one lesson, which introduces the key aspects of the Composition Zones feature.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

13. Job Jackets
14. Interactive Layouts

Job Jackets

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Job Jackets

The term "job jacket" originally referred to the manila folder that would accompany a print job from the point when the specifications were laid out to the point when the finished job rolled off the press. Within one of these folders, each piece in the print job would have a job ticket containing such information as the job number and instructions, the page size and count, the colors to be used, the number of copies to be printed, and the cutting and binding instructions. For example, if a print job included a brochure and a direct mail piece, the job jacket for that job would have two job tickets.

The QuarkXPress® Job Jackets® feature serves many of the same purposes as these old-style job jacket folders. However, the capabilities of the Job Jackets feature go far beyond anything that could be accomplished on paper.

In this module, you will first see how to use a Job Jackets file to create a project. Next, you will apply the specifications in a Job Jackets file to an existing project, and you will use the evaluation rules built into the Job Jackets file to find and fix a problem in that project. Then you'll see how you can use Job Jackets to keep style sheets and other resources synchronized between different projects. Lastly, you'll see how to create and manage Job Jackets.

This set of exercises provides only a brief introduction to the Job Jackets feature. For more in-depth information about this feature, see A Guide to QuarkXPress.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Interactive Layouts

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Interactive Layouts

With Quark Interactive Designer, you can add background sound, interactive buttons, video, and animations to your multimedia projects.

In this module, you will see how easy it is to perform the following tasks with Interactive layouts:

  • Create an On/Off button for playing and stopping background sound
  • Create a menu with mouse-over effects
  • Create an image sequence to animate a logo
  • Add Flash® (SWF) animation
  • Add video and video controls
  • Create a scrollable text box to display content

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics, Text and Typography

15. Digital Publishing
16. Layout Automation

Digital Publishing

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Digital Publishing

The digital publishing features in QuarkXPress let you create e-books in two formats:

  • eBooks for Blio® eReader
  • ePub e-books

The process of creating Blio eBooks and ePub e-books is very similar. The main difference is that there are some features available in the Blio eBook format that are not available in the ePub feature. For example, you can add various types of interactivity — including sound, video, and slideshows — to a layout that will exported as a Blio eBook. Both formats, however, support a viewing mode called reflow view, which makes it easy to read text.

If you export a layout as a Blio eBook, you can then sell that eBook through the Blio bookstore, assuming you meet their publishing requirements.

If you export a layout as an ePub e-book, you can make it available on e-readers such as the iPad®, Sony® Reader, and NOOK®. You can also submit ePub e-books to Amazon® for conversion to a format that can be delivered on the Kindle®.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics

Layout Automation

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Layout Automation

In addition to providing you with the tools you need to create gorgeous, professional-quality layouts, QuarkXPress includes automation features that help you to craft your creations as quickly and easily as possible. The features described in this module are all designed to help you streamline your layout tasks, so that you can spend more time being creative and less time applying the same group of settings over and over.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics, Text and Typography

17. AVE Publishing
 

AVE Publishing

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App Studio

AVE Publishing includes several components:

  • XTensions® software that lets you create AVE Publishing content in QuarkXPress® and export that content as an AVE Publishing issue.
  • Quark® AVE Publishing Issue Previewer, an app that lets you view AVE Publishing issues on an iPad or in iOS Simulator.
  • AVE Publishing Factory, a Mac OS® application that lets you configure an AVE Publishing app template and export an AVE Publishing app for submission to the Apple® App Store.
  • The Quark AVE Publishing Portal Web site, which lets you control the distribution of AVE Publishing issues.

This module requires QuarkXPress 9.1 or later.

AVE Publishing Factory runs only on Mac OS.

You can do everything described in this module without having to purchase anything other than QuarkXPress. However, to test an AVE Publishing app on an iPad and deploy an AVE Publishing app to the Apple App Store, you must have an Apple iOS Developer account. To publish an AVE Publishing app, you must purchase a template license. To release an AVE Publishing issue, you must purchase an issue license.

Prerequisites: QuarkXPress Basics