Introduction to Quark XPress

Duration: 2 Days


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


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


  • 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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