Advanced QuarkXPress for Print Professionals

Duration: 2 Days


To learn techniques that speed up the creation of more complex documents and exploit the typographic and colour control offered by Quark XPress 9.0.


A good working knowledge of XPress and a clear idea of the structure required for the documents to be created.

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

Text and Typography

  • Setting a baseline grid
  • Locking/Aligning text to a grid
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Kerning/tracking table edit
  • En & Em space/dashes
  • Customising the flex space

Hyphenation and Justifications

  • Creating and applying H & Js
  • Non-breaking hyphens
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Hyphenation exceptions
  • Find/change & search criteria
  • Text Flow

Advanced Runaround

  • Running text around embedded paths
  • Alpha channels and clipping options
  • Running text around all sides

Bezier boxes and lines

  • Drawing Bezier lines/boxes
  • Editing Bezier points and segments
  • Changing boxes to Bezier items
  • Drawing freehand lines/boxes
  • Using Shapemaker

Text paths

  • Creating text paths
  • Aligning text on a path
  • Creating Bezier shapes from text
  • Creating picture boxes from text

Working with tables

  • Creating/Formatting
  • Break tables across pages
  • Adding table content
  • Converting text to tables
  • Importing table data from Excel

Graphics and Images

  • High Res and EPS Preview
  • Importing Photoshop psd and PDF files
  • Using Quark Vista Extensions
  • Transparency and Drop shadows
  • Using ImageGrid
  • Using the Cloner feature


  • New and Advanced print options
  • Making postscript files for Distilling to PDF

Advanced item and miscellaneous features

  • Using Callouts
  • Using the Linkster feature
  • Merging/splitting items
  • Changing item content
  • Trim Preview
  • View Sets
  • Hiding suppressed items
  • Flipping asymetrical items
  • Advanced use of Style sheets
  • Advanced use of Master Pages
  • Conditional text
  • Creating an index
  • Creating lists and tables of contents
  • Creating books

Advanced colour features

  • Features of spot/process/multi-ink models
  • Colour management preferences
  • Introduction to Trapping
  • Setting trapping preferences
  • Trapping exceptions colour by colour
  • Trapping exceptions item by item

PDF files

  • Importing & Exporting PDF files

Pre-Press checks

  • Font/picture usage
  • Colour separation
  • Collect for output
  • Proof printing
  • Creating crop/cut marks
  • Page set-up and print options
  • PPD manager
  • Capturing print settings
  • Print style
  • Export to other formats

Projects and Layouts

  • Layout Properties
  • Single and multiple layouts
  • Defining Preferences and Defaults
  • Naming/Saving

Working with tables

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating/Managing/Deleting/Merging
  • Moving items between layers
  • Printing layers
  • Visual Indicators

Miscellaneous extras

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Extensibility using other Quark software, such as App Studio, Blio eReader and ePub technology

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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