QuarkXPress has a number of good frames built in. Just select a text or picture box, then click the Frame tab in the Measurements Palette. 20 different frame designs appear:
The fancier ones look best at one specific thickness — each one has a different preferred thickness that you’ll see as in bold or outlined text in the Weight popup:
As you see, this one works best at 42 points.
Just like any other QuarkXPress item, you can adjust its color, shade and opacity:
These frames are useful in many circumstances, but if you need to create a certificate or award, having a look at the incredibly detailed, “guilloche” borders from a number of stock image websites.
I found good ones in various resolutions and shapes here:
Just search for guilloche.
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.