It’s easy to change a rectangular box into a curvy one in QuarkXPress. First, select the box, then choose Item> Shape> curvy-shape to convert it to an editable box shape.
Then with either the Item tool or Content tool, select any existing point and press Option/Alt-F2 to convert it to a smooth point. Or, holding down the Option/Alt key, click-and-drag on the edge of the box to create a new anchor point, then press Option/Alt-F2.
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.