InDesign for QuarkXPress Users by David Blatner

By David Blatner

Whereas QuarkXPress is the most-widely used page-layout software on the planet, Adobe InDesign is speedily gaining floor with greater typography and transparency beneficial properties, quicker functionality, and extra total keep an eye on. Plus, InDesign 2 is Mac OS X local, QuarkXPress five is not. but when you are a QuarkXPress consumer taking into consideration making the change to InDesign, you recognize you cannot come up with the money for to lose time and productiveness on the workplace whereas studying a brand new application. due to InDesign for QuarkXPress clients, you do not have to.InDesign for QuarkXPress clients is the single e-book out there that exhibits skilled image designers tips to use InDesign from a QuarkXPress user's standpoint. utilizing an easy-to-read and easy-to-digest type, this precise name makes a speciality of universal projects, providing you with quickly suggestions instead of bogging you down with long concept. Written via recognized specialists within the box, the e-book is amply illustrated and covers issues comparable to utilizing InDesign's transparency gains (possible in QuarkXPress simply by means of unwieldy workarounds), and benefiting from grasp pages and elegance sheets. it is also loaded with real-world tips about how one can follow your QuarkXPress information to this up-and-coming software program.

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It's as though XPress's Edit Shape feature were turned on automatically. A non-printing center point is also displayed. We'll describe how to edit the shape of frames in the next chapter. Figure 11-3. The same objects with the Direct Selection tool active Selecting Multiple Objects When selecting multiple objects, InDesign works almost identically to QuarkXPress. If you're working with the Selection tool, you can select more than one frame or path by Shift-clicking; you'll see the bounding boxes of each selected object.

Grids & Guides Preferences With the Grids preferences you can define the frequency, starting point and color of both the document grid and the baseline grid (see Figure 7-6). You can also define the view threshold for the baseline grid, which determines the magnification at which the baseline grid becomes visible or invisible. QuarkXPress either displays the preference or it doesn't based upon the View setting selected. InDesign enables or disable the viewing automatically based upon what view magnification is being used.

Figure 12-2. Adjusting the Star Inset Freeform Shapes As with QuarkXPress, InDesign offers two types of tools to create Bézier shapes freeform and precise tools. If you haven't learned to use the Pen tool in another application, the freeform tools are the easiest to use, and InDesign's tools definitely give more control than those of XPress. Let's take a look at the three freeform drawing tools first. Pencil Tool The Pencil tool (press N) works analagously to QuarkXPress's Freehand Box and Line tools (see Figure 12-3).

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