It's a Layered Look
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Step 7Time to get creative. Go back to the layers palette and double-click the layer you just created to prompt the layer attributes dialogue. Give the layer a meaningful name, in this case I chose Surfboard. Now, uncheck the visible checkbox to hide the image and check the keep runaround checkbox. Your layer attributes should now look like the screenshot on the previous page. By applying these attributes you are hiding the image but importantly, you are keeping the runaround.

Step 8Click ok and you will be left with just the shape of the runaround.



Layers Palette

Step 9Using the item tool, position the image where it has the most impact. This is a great way to make your text look more artistic and there’s plenty of scope to experiment thanks to layers.

If you want to go further with this concept you could also create another layer and put a smaller image inside the new runaround space. If you look closely at the layers palette, you’ll notice that the layer name, of the layer you have hidden, has changed from normal to italic type, so you can easily tell what layers are hidden. If the layer is visible (with an eye icon next to the name) but its name is still in italics, it means that the layer will not output by default. We will look at layer output options in a moment.

Page Layout

Figure 1 Layers make working on differnt versions of the same job much easier. Here you can see the German translation of the English text on the right. If there is any overhang you can simply make the necessary changes and keep all the content in one single layout.

Go Multilingual

Another major benefit of layers is where you need different iterations of what is essentially the same content, for example, a brochure in many different languages. The images and colors are likely to stay the same but obviously the text needs to be different. If you place the text on a layer you just need to duplicate the layer and replace the text for each language.

If you work often with multilingual files, check out the demos for Dashes and SpellBound. These two QuarkXPress XTensions enable you to spell check and hyphenate in dozens of languages with far more words and accuracy than QuarkXPress Passport alone. SpellBound, for QuarkXPress, also offers a variety of custom dictionaries such as legal, medical, pharmaceutical, cultural, dentistry, Webster's, and American Heritage.

In older versions of QuarkXPress, version 4 and earlier, if you needed different versions of essentially the same piece of work you would have to create multiple pages or multiple documents. With layers, you do the layout as before and simply create a new layer or layers for the different iterations or languages. The great thing is that you hold all the content in the same layout, so you can see if there is any text overhang in the different versions and adjust accordingly. For example, German is typically about 20% longer than the equivalent English text. If you are doing multilingual work it is probably worth investing in QuarkXPress Passport, that supports a number of different languages including the all important hyphenation and justification (H&J) support for each language, as well as spell checking. If you have a regular English version of QuarkXPress 7 you can work with QuarkXPress Passport files, but you won’t have the H&J and spelling features.

Even if you never have to do jobs with multiple languages you could still use layers for different versions of the same job. For instance, you may have different messaging and text for different regions or different audiences of a project such as a catalogue or newsletter. You can then pass a single QuarkXPress file to your print service provider and they can print the relevant versions just by outputting the relevant layers.

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