The Pen tools in QuarkXPress 8 behave quite differently from how they did before.
Here are a few keyboard tricks to make the Pen tools flow:
- While using the Pen tool to draw a Bézier path, press Option/Alt to convert a smooth point to a corner point.
- While in Pen mode, use the Command/Ctrl key to click on and select a point. When a point is selected, the measurements palette is updated with information about that point.
- Press Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt to temporarily switch to Item mode (so that you may drag your path).
And here’s an incredible hidden trick:
In QuarkXPress 8: If an imported image has a clipping path embedded in it, you can edit that clipping path with the Pen tools. First, select the picture box, then choose Edit> Clipping Path.
Your cursor changes to the Pen tool, and then you can use any of the Pen tools to edit the embedded clipping path!
It’s a little bit different in QuarkXPress 4–7: instead of your cursor changing to the Pen tool, it changes changes to a path-editing cursor that lets you adjust the anchor points and paths.
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.