If the preview of a vector EPS file in QuarkXPress isn’t as sharp as you’d like it to be, try this: open the EPS file in Illustrator (or whatever its originating application), and scale it to 400%. Re-save the EPS file. In QuarkXPress, make note of the scaling percentage of the EPS file in its picture box, then reimport the EPS file. Multiply the original scaling percentage by 0.25 to reduce it back to its original size on the page. The preview will now have four times its original resolution. (Tip: the Measurements palette can do math — just type “x.25” after the existing amount in the Scale field and press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard!)
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.