Robert Underwood - who has written 25 posts on Planet Quark.
Technical Consultant, Instructor Aquent Graphics Institute
Rob has nearly 12 years of print production experience on top of his formal education in the graphic arts. He worked in production and later as Systems Administrator for Media News, publisher of multiple weekly newspapers in suburban Boston, prior to becoming a consultant and instructor for Aquent Graphics Institute.
Rob’s expertise lies in editorial workflow systems, he is an expert in News Edit Pro, K4, and Woodwing. He teaches both QuarkXPress and InDesign and and has a full understanding of Quark Copy Desk and InCopy. Rob has the ability to observe a production workflow and make suggestions on how to enable people to work more efficiently. Either with a database solution, or something much simpler. He also teaches Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat.
Rob has used QuarkXPress for more than 12 years now and has been teaching both QuarkXPress and InDesign for nearly 3 years. Rob travels around the country seeing real production problems every day. He has the unique perspective of someone who knows what both QuarkXPress and InDesign are capable of, and how they measure up against each other in the different fields they are used in. He has coordinated countless upgrades and conversions between the programs and enjoys meeting new people and examining the different ways people accomplish the same task, and the many different ways people use page layout programs. His real world experience with everything from building templates, font management, and color correction, make him a valuable asset during transitions and upgrades.
On his own, Rob is still a freelance designer, and loves page layout. His favorite interests include his two daughters, Lynda.com, and anything related to Star Wars.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Need to align a bunch of photos to a grid? Here’s another really useful built-in script for Mac users… If you’ve ever had to make a grid of pictures in QuarkXPress, perhaps to produce the “man on the street” section of a newspaper, you need to read this. If you’re dragging in guides to align [...]Continue reading...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It looks like a scroll, it’s in the menu bar, and you’ve probably never used it. If you use a Macintosh, it’s about time you realize how many hours of work this feature will save you — and could have been saving you since QuarkXPress 4. You’re gonna love this once you realize all the [...]Continue reading...
Monday, September 8, 2008
And a somewhat unconventional approach to using Shared Content The Shared Content palette appeared in QuarkXPress 6 as the Synchronized Text palette. If you’ve never used it before, I’d like to explain what it can do for you, and what you may have never thought it can do for you. Let’s start with the basics… [...]Continue reading...
Monday, August 18, 2008
Working with type in QuarkXPress 8 is easier than ever before I just taught my first Quark 8 class to a group of people for the first time, and I have to tell you, Quark never felt so good! I know the word “intuitive” gets thrown around way too much in this industry, but I [...]Continue reading...