It’s easy to convert selected text to outlines in QuarkXPress. Depending on your version of QuarkXPress, choose either:
Item> Convert Text to Box
Item> Text to Box
Style> Text to Box
A copy of the text, as Merged picture boxes, will appear just below the original text.
This lets you fill all of them with one picture — the entire string of text will act as a mask for the one picture.
If you want to put a different picture in each letter, separate them by choosing Item> Split> Outside Paths or Item> Split> All Paths. Splitting “outside paths” will maintain the counters (holes) in the letters, to see through them to whatever is behind. Splitting “all paths” will un-merge the holes from their surrounding letters, causing them to be shapes on top of the letters.
You can apply a slight drop shadow and frame to the shapes to add interest.
Tip #2: If you hold down the Option/Alt key when you choose Item> Text to Box, the text will be replaced by picture boxes that are automatically anchored in the flow of text. In QuarkXPress 9, this is easier — it’s an option in the submenu attached to the Item> Convert Text to Box menu item.
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.