This happens to me all the time: I’m working on a layout and I import a logo or other graphic file. Soon after – I want to grab a copy of that graphic file to store in the same folder as my project — or maybe I want to send it to an associate for them to use. QuarkXPress’s Collect for Output seems like overkill for this, so I turn to an often-overlooked but incredibly handy feature in QuarkXPress: Save Picture.
If you have Quark’s free Vista XTension installed, you can copy the original picture file from wherever it came from to any location you like just by choosing File> Save Picture> Selected Picture…. The dialog box even lets you change the picture’s color mode and/or file format, and relink to the new file. If you’ve used Vista (Picture Effects) to make any changes to the picture, you can optionally choose to permanently apply them to the copy.
The Vista XTension is installed by default, and “Save Picture” is a quick and easy way to grab a picture file.
Tip #2, for Mac users of QuarkXPress 4/5/6/7: the Scripts menu has an item named Images> Copy to Folder… that also lets you copy the original picture files.
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.