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Quark XPress Training - beginners & intermediate

Two day beginners and intermediate Quark Xpress training course which will introduce you to the basics of desktop publishing and design with Quark XPress and then show you how to work accurately and efficiently as you create more advanced document designs using master pages and style sheets.

On-site Quark Xpress training can be arranged at your office or home in Birmingham, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, other Midlands areas and around the UK, including Yorkshire and Manchester.


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Beginners and Intermediate Quark course summary

Quark XPress course duration: 2 days
Level: Beginners and intermediate
Software: QuarkXpress 10, QuarkXpress 9, QuarkXpress 8, QuarkXpress 7 on PC or Mac
Numbers: One to one or small groups of up to 4 trainees
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.
At client's office or home in Birmingham, Midlands and around the UK.

Quark XPress training requirements:
You should have good computer skills. Some knowledge of other design software will be useful, particularly Photoshop for image resizing and colour correction.


Quark XPress Training Course
Beginners and Intermediate - 2 day Course Outline


Day 1 - Quark XPress Course - Beginners Introduction

Introduction to QuarkXPress - tools, techniques and introduction to the basics of page layout and design with Quark XPress.

Creating a new Quark Xpress document

Starting a new document:
Setting document size and page margins and other options
Saving a document and organising files
Modifying page properties

Quark Xpress work area

Moving around the document
Zoom tool and shortcut keys for zooming in and out
Grids, Guides, Rulers

Shapes and lines

Creating shapes and lines
Setting fill colour other properties for shapes
Setting line style, colour and arrows for lines


Colours palette - adding new colours
Choosing RGB, CMYK or Pantone Spot colours
Choosing colour for type, fills and borders
Creating tints and gradients

Working with Images

Create a picture box - set size and position
Import a picture (file type, size, quality considerations)
Positioning an image within the picture box
Scaling, cropping and rotating images
Adding a border around an image

Text & Typography

Creating a text box, modifying text box properties
Typing text, importing text, or using Jabber
Setting type properties: size, font, style, alignment, hyphenation
Basic typography settings: leading, tracking and kerning
Paragraph formatting - indents, paragraph spacing
Changing the number of columns of text
Flowing type from one text box to another
Runaround - flowing type around images and other objects

Shapes and Selected Objects

Converting between picture boxes and text boxes
Using the Measurements for accurate measurements and calculations
Duplicating selected objects
Spacing and aligning items on the page
Grouping objects together
Locking objects to prevent accidental moving

Page Management

Adding new pages, organising pages, deleting pages
Basic overview of how a master page works and adding content to the master page

Create A Simple Document

Create a small simple document such as a single page newsletter, with text and images. This could be a simple document of your own - e.g. a poster, leaflet, postcard, magazine advert, simple newsletter or other small document.


Day 2 - Quark Xpress Course - Intermediate

Intermediate Quark Xpress training, looking at time saving features like style sheets and master pages, and how work correctly with multi-page documents.

This is a typical course outline but may be adapted to better suit your requirements.

During the QuarkXpress training you will normally work through some of your own documents and designs, and the exact areas covered will usually relate to the type of documents you want to produce.


Pages and Master Pages

Working with multi-page documents
Master Pages
Applying a master page to document pages
Editing and duplicating master pages
Automatic page numbering

Type & Typography

Controlling paragraph breaks and column breaks
Paragraph formatting - drop caps, baseline shift, paragraph rules, keep options, etc.
Tabs - creating hanging indents and tabbed lists
Inserting Glyphs and special characters e.g. • © ™ etc.
Inline graphics (graphics flowing within type )

Style Sheets

Using Style Sheets to format type
Character and Paragraph Style Sheets
Applying and editing Style Sheets
Importing styles from other documents


Importing colours from other documents
Setting Quark to automatically load a predefined set of colours with every new document


Creating and working with simple tables
Formatting cell colours and cell stroke properties
Resizing cells, merging cells, adding or removing rows or columns
Importing table data from spreadsheet documents or creating a table from existing text
Formatting text, setting cell inset spacing
Adding images to table cells


Adding a drop shadow to an image or other objects
Clipping paths
Opacity settings


Using layers to separate and lock various design elements


Usage – check which images and fonts are used
Modifying default tool properties
Showing hidden characters (markers for paragraphs, tabs, spaces, etc.) within the text
Using Find & Replace to replace repeated text elements in a document

Create a multi-page document

Create a multi-page document of your own design or based on your own examples

Printing and Output

Collect for Output - collecting together all files and fonts needed for printing
Export a PDF file
Printing and print options


Quark XPress training is available for small groups at your premises in Birmingham and Midlands areas including Solihull, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Wolverhampton and around the UK


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Quark XPress training available in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Derby, Midlands areas and around the UK.