Some people believe that you shouldn’t set the background of a QuarkXPress text box to None because they’ve heard (incorrectly) that if you do it will take much longer to print. Some people claim that it takes longer because there’s more “hidden data,” and others claim it’s because QuarkXPress has to build a clipping path around each and every character. Both of these are simply and totally wrong.
The ONLY difference between text boxes that have a background of None and those that have an opaque background is that QuarkXPress doesn’t draw a solid box behind the text first.
While seasoned Quark users are accustomed to using Item> Modify to change box attributes, the Measurements palette in recent versions makes it much easier:
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.