In QuarkXPress, you can drag colors from the Colors palette onto any item to preview how that item looks in that color. You can drag onto the item itself, or onto its frame, and either the item or the frame will take on the new color. If you like what you see, just drop the color and the item will take on that color.
In the illustration, I’m dragging a blue swatch onto a red 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.