Easily Scale U.S. Letter to A4 in QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress 8 and above has a Scale feature that can intelligently scale entire layouts or selected items.

Just choose Window> Scale and enter a percentage or absolute size. If you have any page items selected, it will scale those items. If you click the Layout checkbox, it will scale all the pages in the entire Layout instead.

For example, here’s how to scale a Layout from U.S. Letter (8.5″ x 11″) to A4:

We used these values for the new page size:

8.268″ or 21 cm

11.693″ or 29.7 cm

Tip: If you don’t want everything on the page to scale equally, you can control what gets scaled by opening the Scale Settings dialog — just click the icon in the upper right corner of the Scale palette.

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.