How to Fade the Edge of an Image in QuarkXPress

Did you know you don’t need Photoshop to create a faded edge on a photo in QuarkXPress? All you need is to fill a box with a linear gradient from “None” to “Paper“. Just follow these steps (click any image for a larger view):

Above is the original photo. We want to fade its right side, to accommodate a headline. To do that, I created a second box that is filled with a linear blend and placed it on a layer above the photo:

Note in the Colors palette that the “#2” color for the blend is “Paper” — a color I created to match the color of the background (in this case, white). The color assigned to “#1” is “None“.

You can control how the photo fades out — quickly or slowly and over how much of the photo — by simply changing the width of this box. The result looks like this:

Add some text, reduce its opacity to 70%, apply a drop shadow, and the result is puffy-looking text with the flowers slightly showing through:

Below are the settings I used for the drop shadow (click to enlarge):

This solution is another example of how Quark gives you tools inside QuarkXPress that make you more efficient and streamlines creativity. In this case, it eliminates the need to open the image in Photoshop (and have to save yet another copy of it!). It also lets you make your creative image adjustments in the context of the page you’re working on — rather than in an isolated Photoshop window!