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Gary Olsens Quark Xpress Boot Camp
Making Quark Xpress Work for your Publishing Applications
COMM-280-1 2785 QuarkXpress
1/15 - 3/12 Priority: Communications Students
Student Qualifications: This is a basic-level to mid-level skills course for students with little orno previous experience with Quark Xpress. However, even those with mid-level mastery of Quark Xpress basics could benefit from taking this course. Because Quark Xpress has broad applications and a vast tool set, users often become specialized around a specific and limited set of capabilities. Even experienced users often feel they are not using the program to its fullest potential. Furthermore, many users do not fully comprehend the complex application of such issues as commercial printing. Those who use Quark for desktop publishing applications need more experience learning how to maximize output results.
Course Logistics: This course is based on a hands-on workshop learning model. Student assignments as well as class lessons can be executed on Communication Department Lab Computers.
Student Materials: It is not absolutely necessary that students have a personal copy of Quark Xpress, and a personal computer on which to run it. However, if a student is serious about a career in publishing, one should recognize that Quark is a standard in a broad range of applications throughout publishing and design professions. More critical to this class, there may be a need to complete class assignments on ones own, and a lab computer might not be convenient or available on demand. This software is available to students at a significant discount. Please consult the Clarke Bookstore.
Course Objectives: This course is designed to provide students with a functional knowledge of how to use Quark Xpress in a variety of publication design applications.
Student Requirements: The student is required to complete the 5 assignments which include:
Learning Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will possess the following five skills inclusive of techniques and tools that apply to Quark Xpress:
The Poster: The assignment covers setting up a single page, importing a graphic, creating a text box and adding design conventions such as key lines, frames and areas of color.
I have provided some images which you can use for this assignment. They will be distributed in class. My plan for this first class is to show you some Quark basics to get you started so that you can become comfortable with Quark conventions, particularly understanding how Quark uses boxes to contain and control objects in a page layout. Your learning objective in this assignment is to learn how to create an object box and fully understand the control you have over objects contained in those boxes, positioning them on the page, assigning size, mask, color backgrounds borders, text runaround specifications, and several more specifications customizable in Quark.
Students are expected to provide hard copy printout to the instructor as well as an electronic copy for the Web. Specifications for the Web portion of this assignment will be discussed in class, and details posted here after we learn what software options we have available on class computers currently being set up.
See the results of this first assignment at our Student Gallery. It is truly grand to be working with such talented students as these. Come and enjoy!
The Newsletter: This assignment covers the importation of text, creation of style tags, document setup, page geometry, master pages and folios (page numbers). Also covered are the characteristics and specifications of image boxes including frame, color, image scale and runaround. We also explore the productivity advantages of style sheets for type styles, paragraph characteristics and colors palettes both process and spot. See this assignment in the Student Gallery!
Brochure: This assignment serves to provide experience in working with Quark Xpress in a three-panel brochure. Areas of program functionality in this exercise include working with spot and process colors. We are also learning how to design a functional piece with two sides that must register properly for finish folding and trimming. We discuss full bleed issues, file compatibility, halftoning of tiff images imported into Quark, The use of .eps files, and text box characteristics.We learn about text offsetting, color within the text box, frame and text wrap characteristics. See this assignment in the Student Gallery!
The Calendar: This exercise is designed to demonstrate Quarks facility for complex tables and graphics which are text intensive. We apply Quark's master pages tools, since a calendar is an excellent example of a continuously occuring chart on which the numbers change position. Most of the calendar's graphic elements, lines, numbers, type, a style templates can be created in the master page portion of the file, and allowed to repeat for each of the twelve months. We then only need to change the numbers which are already in position on the grid. See the dramatic results of this exercise with former students in the Quark Student Gallery.
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