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 third in the series, and it shows how to use the Picture Effects palette to apply effects identical to Photoshop’s right inside QuarkXPress 6.5 and higher.
You can adjust TIFF and raster EPS images in many ways, including Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, Selective Colors, and more. You can also apply filters such as Gaussian Blur, Unsharp Mask, Emboss, and more. The list includes the most common tasks that users go back to Photoshop to perform, and replicate, pixel-for-pixel, exactly what happens in Photoshop.
There are several important benefits to applying these effects inside QuarkXPress. One is that the changes are nondestructive, so your original image file is untouched. Another is that you can use the same image in multiple places in your document, then apply Picture Effects to some of them, and still have just the one original image file on your hard drive. And third, it’s just WAY more useful to adjust pictures within the context of the layout, rather than blindly in Photoshop.
In the video, I show several examples of why it’s better to do this in QuarkXPress. Sound interesting? See exactly how to do it in these two 14-minute videos:
You can also watch my previous video, “Multiple Windows” here:
and also, “Alpha Channels” here:
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.