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QuarkXPress 8 : Combining type and graphics

11/15/2011 3:47:09 PM
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Combining type and graphics

Interesting layouts usually feature a combination of type and graphics, including text wraps, anchored items that flow with text, rules (lines) above and below paragraphs, and text converted to boxes.

Wrapping text around items

In QuarkXPress, text can wrap around items and pictures placed in front of text. First, ensure that the item is placed in front of the text (Item > Bring to Front). Then, use the Runaround tab of the Modify dialog box (Item menu) or the Measurements palette to specify the type of runaround and how much space to leave between the item or picture and the text (Figure 1). Experiment with the various runaround options and outset values until the text wraps the way you want.

Figure 1. In this example, the text is wrapping around the picture’s clipping path with an outset of 2 points.

Tip: Editing the Runaround Path

To fine-tune the runaround path with the Bézier Pen tool, choose Item > Edit > Runaround to display the path.

Anchoring items in text

Anchored items flow with text just like other characters. To anchor an item, select it with the Item tool and choose Edit > Cut. Then, click the Text Content tool in text and choose Edit > Paste. When an anchored item is selected with the Item tool, the Align With Text Ascent and Align With Text Baseline buttons on the Classic tab of the Measurements palette let you position it. You can select anchored items with the Text Content tool just like other characters.

Applying rules to paragraphs

Although you can anchor lines in text, it’s easier to place rules above or below paragraphs with the Rules tab of the Paragraph Attributes dialog box (Style > Rules). You can specify the length, width, placement, style, and color of rules for selected paragraphs and through a paragraph style sheet.

Converting text to boxes

To convert text to a box—which can then contain text or a picture—select text and choose Item > Convert Text To Boxes > Unanchored or Anchored (Figure 2).

Figure 2. After text is converted to a box, you can split the box into individual characters using Item > Split > Outside Paths.

 
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