In QuarkXPress 6 or 7, you can sample a color from an imported picture.
Select your picture box, then choose Window> Picture Effects. (A Picture Effect needs to be applied to the picture for this to work, but it can be a temporary effect or one that doesn’t change anything, such as a Curves effect with no curve points changed.) Click the Info checkbox at the bottom of the Picture Effects palette to display RGB and CMYK data. Move your mouse pointer over the image to see its color values in the Info area.
Bonus tip: hold down the spacebar to change the cursor to a more precise crosshair icon.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, 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.