Because our friends over at Lynda.com were gracious enough to share a selection of chapters from my “QuarkXPress 7 New Features” video training, I hand-picked several that I thought would be most appealing to new users of QuarkXPress 7 and QuarkXPress 8.
This is the second in the series, and it focuses on the new abilities in QuarkXPress 7 and 8 to control alpha channels (masks) in native Photoshop and TIFF images, and Quark’s ability to automatically generate a new mask from the transparent areas of an imported picture.
The first part focuses on applying existing and new masks to the picture, including instantly switching from one mask to another.
The second part focuses on artistic and realistic ways to nondestructively adjust a mask. This lets you soften or sharpen the edge of an object in a picture, to make it look more natural when the picture is reduced or enlarged on your page.
Sound interesting? See exactly how to do it in this 12-minute video:
See my previous post, “Video Tutorial: Multiple Windows“
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.