The New/Old Bézier Pen Tools!

Discovering the Bézier pen tool in QuarkXPress often elicits a gigantic surprise to even longtime QuarkXPress users. It was introduced way back in QuarkXPress 4, with its own set of logical controls and key commands.

For the interface redesign in QuarkXPress 8, Quark changed the Bézier pen tool to work just like Adobe Illustrator’s pen tool. Note that it also includes a Freehand scribble tool, so you can draw a path as if you were using a pencil:

Marc Horne has a helpful video tutorial on using the Pen tool here:

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.