Happy Independence Day! (in just 3 clicks)

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States of America, so I thought I’d show off an impressive effect you can create in QuarkXPress with just three clicks:

All I did was type “1776”, convert it to outlines, import a picture, and apply the default drop shadow.

The steps:

  • To convert to outlines, choose Item> Convert Text to Boxes.
  • To import a picture, choose File> Import
  • To apply the drop shadow, click the Drop Shadow tab in the Measurements palette and check the “Apply Drop Shadow” checkbox
  • Marvel at your cleverness


  • The process actually takes more than three clicks, but conceptually it’s just three clicks. :-)
  • The flag image came from iStockphoto.com.