It's a Layered Look
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For a basic design, a rectangular text box with a brightly colored background should be sufficient. This is ideal if you need to make notes layers within QuarkXPress 5 up to 6.5. To make it look more like a standard sticky note, I used the bézier text box tool, within the text box tools fly-out menu. To draw a more three-dimensional style, I then created a linear blend with a 90° angle.

Fancy Notes

I added QuarkXPress 7’s transparency features to be able to see the layout through the note. To make the note stand out more, I applied a drop shadow as well. For the main text I used a TrueType font called Marker Felt, with the TrueType font Stencil used for headings at the top of the note for emphasis.

Once you have created one note design it’s easy to create others based on priority or department or anything you choose, just using different background colors and fonts. The easiest way to use the notes design in other QuarkXPress jobs is to add it to a library (file > new > library).

Once your note design is ready, apply it to a layout on which you want to comment. If you have multiple users applying notes, ideally you would have a notes layer for each user, as shown here. Each layer could be color coded to instantly identify who has made the comment, or the type of note it is, such as urgent, important, production issue, or whatever.

More Fancy Notes

Get Contextual

Contextual menus are an important feature of QuarkXPress, especially when you are using layers. Here we’ll focus on two contextual menu commands that will prove increasingly useful as your use of layers increases.

Quick Tips

If you have multiple layers in your layout it can become quite tricky to select the object on which you want to work. If you are having trouble selecting the object, just select the layer on which your items reside in the layers palette and then control + click (Mac) or right click (Windows) w select item on layer. This is similar to choosing edit q select all — the important difference is that it will only select the items on that layer.

Once you have finished your layout, control + click (Mac) or right click (Windows) in the layers palette to remove any unnecessary layers. For instance, you might not need a layer of notes and comments any longer. This is an important part of cleaning up the file before output. It’s also a good idea to remove any unused style sheets and colors, to avoid any confusion or accidental use of unwanted items by your print service provider.

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