Creating a compound path is easy in QuarkXPress: just select two or more paths and then choose Item> Merge or Item> Split. For example, place a smaller circle on top of a larger circle, then choose Item> Merge> Difference> to create a donut hole.
Try Merge> Union to add two rounded corners to a rectangle, or use Merge> Combine to add a third item for some interesting reversal effects.
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