Use “Native Transparency” When Exporting for Graphics

When exporting a page (or part of a page) from QuarkXPress for use in App Studio or any other digital publishing program, it’s best to export in PDF format with “Native Transparency” turned ON (the default is OFF). Then open that PDF in Photoshop or another image editor and save it in PNG format.


Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, 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.