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QuarkXPress 8 : Pictures - Working with Photoshop files

5/22/2013 4:08:18 AM
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1. Importing

Importing a Photoshop file is the same as importing any other type of graphic file. You can either choose File > Import or you can drag and drop one or more .psd files from the Mac desktop, Windows Explorer, or Adobe Bridge into a QuarkXPress project. A couple of things to note about QuarkXPress’s support of Photoshop files:

  • Layer information in some Photoshop files, including pictures that include layer effects (for example, a blending mode or a drop shadow), is not recognized. QuarkXPress uses a composite image for such pictures and you cannot adjust layers.

  • You cannot use the Picture Effects palette to modify imported Photoshop files.


2. Adjusting layers, channels, and paths

When a native Photoshop picture is selected (you can use either the Item tool or the Picture Content tool to select), the controls in the three panes of the PSD Import palette let you manipulate the picture’s layers, channels, and paths. If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you’ll be immediately comfortable using the PSD Import palette, but even if you’re not a Photoshop user, the interface is intuitive and easy to use. Here’s a description of the controls that are available in each pane:

  • Layers: This pane displays a list of a picture’s layers. All pictures have at least one layer; some have more. Click the box to the left of a layer to alternately show and hide the layer. An eye in the box () indicates that the layer is visible. When you select a layer, the choice you make from the Blend Mode menu at the top-left of the pane determines how the layer interacts with any layers that are beneath it. The default blend mode (Normal) makes a layer opaque. You can reduce the value in the Opacity field (to the right of the Blend Mode menu) to make a layer translucent. The lower the opacity, the lighter and more translucent the layer. Figure 1 shows a before-and-after example of adjusting layer visibility and opacity.

    Figure 1. PSD Import Palette: Layers pane. The picture on the left is the original, unmodified Photoshop file. The picture on the right shows the result of hiding the Text Layer and reducing the opacity of the Backdrop layer from 100% to 40%.
  • Channels: This pane displays a list of a picture’s channels. Click the box to the left of a channel to alternately show and hide the channel. Black-and-white, grayscale, and indexed color pictures have one channel; RGB pictures have three channels (red, green, and blue); and CMYK pictures have four channels (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). You can also add channels to a Photoshop picture for such things as varnishes and embossing. Figure 2 shows a before-and-after example of adjusting the visibility of channels.

    Figure 2. PSD Import Palette: Channels pane. The picture on the left is the original, unmodified Photoshop file. The picture on the right shows the result of using a channel to apply a varnish to the silhouetted area of the picture. (The opacity of the Backdrop layer was also reduced from 100% to 40%.)
  • Paths: This pane displays a list of the paths embedded within a picture, if it has any. Two boxes are displayed to the left of each path name. The boxes in the left column let you select the path that’s used to wrap text around the picture. Click an empty box to select the path to use for wrapping text. When a path is selected, this icon is displayed: . (You don’t have to select a path for text wrap, and you can select only one at a time.) Click a selected box to deselect it.

    The boxes in the right column let you choose a path to use a clipping path that reveals only a portion of the image. When a path is selected, this icon is displayed: . (You don’t have to select a clipping path, and you can select only one at a time.) Click a selected box to deselect it. Figure 3 shows an example of using a path as a clipping path and to wrap text.

Figure 3. PSD Import Palette: Paths pane. The picture on the left is the original, unmodified Photoshop file. Notice that the text wraps around the picture box. The picture on the right shows the result of using a path for clipping the image and wrapping text.

Each of the three tabs in the PSD Import palette include a menu with commands that let you revert individual or all layers, channels, and paths to their original state.

When a Photoshop picture is selected, a small, green circle is displayed at the lower-right of the PSD Import palette to indicate that the picture file has not been moved or modified. A red stop sign with a question mark is displayed for modified and missing pictures. Clicking the stop sign updates a modified picture and displays the Picture pane of the Usage dialog box if the picture file is missing.

 
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