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QuarkXpress - Level 1: Introduction

In this course, students use QuarkXPress to lay out professional quality single- and multiple-page documents that include text and graphics which are designed for professional printing and publication.

Prerequisites:

This course requires a basic understanding of computers, such as using pointer and input devices.

Who should attend this QuarkXpress Course?

The course is suitable for those with little or no previous experience of QuarkXPress or those who are self taught. Familiarity with the operating system and the keyboard is a course prerequisite.

What are the benefits of attending this course?

A practical project based course on which you will learn how to create a variety of documents, ranging from single page layouts to complex multi-page publications, which combine text and graphic elements. The topics and features listed below will be taught on the course, giving you a thorough grounding in the fundamental processes involved in producing professional documentation in QuarkXPress.

Course Outline

An introduction to the working environment

  • Setting document preferences
  • An overview of the Toolbox
  • Creating a new document
  • Setting page size and margins
  • Setting columns and gutters
  • Saving QuarkXPress documents
  • Magnification and view options
  • Using keyboard shortcuts
  • Setting the zero point
  • Placing guidelines and showing invisibles

Working with text boxes

  • Creating text boxes
  • Inputting text
  • Manipulating text boxes
  • Applying a frame
  • Using the measurement palette
  • Precise positioning of boxes
  • Multiple selections
  • Locking and unlocking items
  • Copying and duplicating items
  • Grouping and ungrouping items
  • Manipulating the order of items

Colour

  • Applying colour to items
  • Using solid and blended colour

Type

  • Methods of selecting text
  • Introduction to typography and understanding typography
  • Text on a path effects
  • Running text along shapes terms
  • Using picas and points

Formatting type

  • Using different typefaces, styles and type sizes
  • Understanding leading
  • Using paragraph spacing
  • Understanding tracking and kerning
  • Creating text along paths
  • Creating drop caps in paragraphs
  • Setting bulleted paragraphs
  • Setting rules above and below paragraphs
  • Setting and editing tabs
  • Creating tabs with leaders

Style sheets

  • Creating, formatting and editing paragraph styles
  • Creating, formatting and editing character styles
  • Applying styles to paragraphs
  • Basing styles on existing styles
  • Viewing used and unused styles

Images

  • Creating picture boxes
  • Importing image files
  • Cropping images
  • Manipulating image files using keyboard shortcuts
  • Manipulating image files using the measurement palette
  • Sizing and scaling images
  • Removing picture backgrounds using clipping paths
  • Rotating and skewing graphics
  • Integrating text and graphics
  • Wrapping text around images and items
  • Understanding the different types of runarounds

Master pages

  • Creating single and double sided master pages
  • Creating running headers/footers
  • Customising master pages
  • Duplicating master pages
  • Applying master pages
  • Modifying and editing master pages
  • Understanding how to manually link and unlink text across pages
  • Understanding automatic text boxes
  • Using automatic page numbering across long documents
  • Creating a multi page spread

Printing

  • Printing QuarkXPress files
  • Understanding Collect for Output

Related courses

  • QuarkXPress Advanced
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

QuarkXpress - Level 2: Editorial

In this course, students use QuarkXPress to lay out professional quality single- and multiple-page documents that include text and graphics which are designed for professional printing and publication.

Prerequisites:

This course requires a basic understanding of computers, such as using pointer and input devices.

Who should attend this QuarkXpress course?

This course is suitable for those who need to be able to view proof and edit QuarkXPress documents. The course is suitable for those with little or no previous experience of QuarkXPress or those who are self taught. Familiarity with the operating system and the keyboard is a course prerequisite.

What are the benefits of attending this course?

You will learn how QuarkXPress documents (ranging from single page layouts to multi page documents) are constructed, how to navigate through long documents and how to edit text and items. The topics and features listed below will be taught on the course giving you a thorough grounding in the fundamental processes involved in editing and the implications.

Course Outline

Understanding the working environment

  • Setting document preferences
  • Creating a new document
  • Overview of the Toolbox
  • Overview of the measurement palette
  • Methods of changing magnification and view

Navigation methods

  • Overview of the document layout palette
  • Exploring the different methods of moving around a page
  • Different methods of moving through multi-page documents

Document layout

  • Creating text boxes
  • Manipulating text boxes
  • Methods of selecting items
  • Specifying box attributes
  • Importing text files
  • Understanding and using automatic text boxes
  • Understanding text linking
  • Linking text boxes
  • Implications of unlinking text boxes across a story
  • Controlling and managing links
  • Creating over matter boxes for linked stories

Working with type

  • Using the different methods of selecting text
  • Understanding and using options on the measurement palette
  • Understanding typography and typographic terms
  • Inputting text
  • Inserting special characters
  • Importing external text files
  • Cutting text
  • Copying text
  • Pasting text
  • Exporting Quark text files
  • Formatting text
  • Changing typefaces and sizes
  • Understanding and editing leading
  • Kerning and tracking text
  • Using the text attributes option
  • Searching for specific text
  • Finding and changing text
  • Finding and changing fonts
  • Running a spelling check
  • Creating, using and adding words to an auxiliary dictionary

Style sheets

  • Understanding, using and creating paragraph styles
  • Understanding, using and creating character styles
  • Editing styles
  • Checking style attributes
  • Duplicating styles
  • Copying styles to new publications
  • Viewing used and unused styles

Hyphenation

  • Understanding hyphenation and justification settings
  • Creating and editing hyphenation and justification settings
  • Setting hyphenation exceptions

Pictures

  • Drawing and editing picture boxes
  • Importing picture files
  • Checking picture settings
  • Understanding the graphic measurement palette
  • Running text around pictures
  • Checking box positions
  • Grouping and ungrouping
  • Locking and unlocking
  • Picture usage

Master Pages

  • Understanding single and double sided master pages
  • Creating master pages
  • Modifying master pages
  • Automatic page numbering
  • Creating headers and footers

Saving and printing

  • Saving Quark XPress files
  • Printing Quark XPress files

QuarkXpress - Level 3: Advanced

Prerequisite:

This course requires a basic understanding of computers, such as using pointer and input devices

Who should attend this QuarkXpress course?

The QuarkXPress Advanced course is suitable for those who have attended our QuarkXPress Introduction course or are self taught and have a good working knowledge of the software.

What are the benefits of attending this course?

On this course you will learn to use the program more efficiently by employing its sophisticated features and processes effectively. You will learn to use Quark's powerful typographic, page layout and image controls to their fullest extent, expanding the principles of appropriate documentation layout and design principles taught on our QuarkXPress Introduction course.

Course Outline

Workshop recap

1. Tips and tricks to get started

2. Power usage of keyboard shortcuts

Mastering master pages

1. Understanding linking and the automatic text box feature

2. Understanding and setting general, paragraph, character, tool preferences

Long document features

1. Using continued on and from counters

2. Numbering documents and sections using automatic counters

3. Finding and changing words, attributes, invisible characters, unwanted paragraph breaks, tabs

4. Advanced usage of style sheets

5. Managing styles across documents

Advanced typography

1. Using and understanding automatic, incremental and absolute leading

2. Setting and using a baseline grid

3. Controlling widows and orphans

4. Editing kerning and tracking tables

5. Understanding and using hyphenation and justification

6. Applying various hyphenation settings to paragraphs and styles

7. Specifying non-breaking hyphens, hyphenation exceptions and discretionary hyphens

8. Using em and en dashes, and spaces

Drawing

1. Specifying and manipulating types of points and segments

2. Converting and manipulating boxes and type into bézier paths

3. Adding and deleting bézier points

Advanced colour

1. Colour and the print process

2. Working with process and spot colour models

3. Creating multi inks

Advanced image settings

1. Creating clipping paths manually and automatically

2. Editing imported clipping paths

3. Exploring image runaround options

4. Customizing TIFF images

5. Changing the contrast for different colour channels

6. Changing an image to a negative

7. Saving pages as an EPS file

8. Power usage of the merge and split options:

Working with the align palette

1. Creating inline graphics

2. Using Collect for Output

3. Using font usage and picture usage

4. Updating picture files

Long document features

1. Exploring and using the book feature

2. Generating and formatting a table of contents

3. Understanding the index palette

4. Understanding different scopes

5. Ordering levels of indices

6. Creating nested and run-in indices

Libraries

1. Creating, editing and using libraries

2. Using libraries to append elements in a document

3. Using the different line tools

4. Scalable custom dashes and stripes

5. Step and repeat objects

6. Creating an auxiliary dictionary

7. Editing an auxiliary dictionary

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