QuarkXPress 8.1 now lets you search and replace attributes of Drop Shadows from the Item Find/Change window (Edit> Item Find/Change). Note that Item Find/Change lets you find items that have ANY combination of Drop Shadow attributes — not just the attributes you want to change! In other words, you could find items with any Drop Shadow, and then change them ALL to a specific combination of Drop Shadow attributes. Or selectively change one item at a time as Quark finds them for you.
Here are two more tips about the Item Find/Change feature:
1. Quark can pick up some or all of the attributes of a selected item for you! That way, you don’t have to remember any settings for a common item you want to change. Just click the triangle at the top right of the Item Find/Change dialog box to show its side menu.
There, you can choose to acquire all the item’s attributes, or only the ones applicable to your current panel (or tab) in the dialog box.
2. You can gang (combine) any combination of requests and perform them all at once. For example, you can change all 1 pt Frames to be 1.5 pt wide, and all Drop Shadows from 100% opacity to 80% opacity. Each panel lets you control them separately:
The Summary tab shows the combination of all changes you’re about to make:
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.