The first “big” book on QuarkXPress 8 is out, and it’s a great one: QuarkXPress 8: Production Tricks and Experts’ Tips. In its 244 letter-sized pages, editor Cyndie Shaffstall compiles the best real-world advice and techniques from 11 QuarkXPress experts.
Yes, there’s a chapter for newbies that covers the basic techniques to lay out a page. But the rest focuses on the big advances that Quark has made in recent versions of QuarkXPress.
If you want to know the straghtforward, low-down scoop on the following topics, this is the book for you:
- QuarkXPress 8 New Features
- Composition Zones
- Unicode and OpenType
- Clever uses for anchored items
- Table magic
- Layer tricks
- Understanding transparency
- Working with imported Photoshop images
- Using Picture Effects
- Creating spot varnishes and coatings
- Using the pen tools
- Surprising uses for shapes
- Using Job Jackets and Job Tickets
- Understanding trapping
- Creating Flash animations
- Building Web pages, forms and buttons
- And more…
You can order the book for $54.99 at ThePowerXChange.com.
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.