Let’s say you’ve imported a TIFF image into a layout, and now you want to create some graphic elements that use some of the dominant colors from the image. The easiest way to do that in QuarkXPress is to use the Picture Effects palette.
The trick is to apply a Picture Effect to the image, but not make any changes to it. That way, the picture is unchanged, but you can use the handy Info area at the bottom of the Picture Effects palette. First, select the picture and open the Picture effects palette (Window> Picture Effects):
Apply any Picture Effect:
Leave all settings as they are, and click OK.
The Picture Effect appears in the palette. Click the disclosure triangle next to “Info” at the bottom of the palette. Now, when you move your mouse over the picture, its RGB and CMYK color values are displayed in the Info area. Use those values to build your new color in QuarkXPress, and apply it to rules, text, frames, and so on.
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.