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QuarkXPress : Introduction

  24 reviews

Two Day Course

Classroom Based


This two day Quark authorised course is designed to provide new users of QuarkXPress with an excellent grounding in this immensely powerful desktop publishing application. This popular course will teach you how to produce professional documentation ranging from single page newsletters to highly sophisticated magazine layouts and also highlights time-saving shortcuts and hints and tips from XPress professionals.

This course covers creating page layouts from scratch, editing existing page layouts, working with templates, using text management tools and how to master time-saving features such as styles, the Story Editor, layers and master pages.

This is a comprehensive introduction for those new to using QuarkXPress. Please bring along any examples of work or documents you think would be useful to show to your trainer.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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Public Courses

Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Day one

    QuarkXPress basics
    • Quark’s relationship to other software applications
    • QuarkXPress tools
    • Single and multiple layouts
    • Creating text and picture boxes
    • Importing text and pictures

    Setting up pages in Quark
    • Setting the page size and margins
    • Columns and gutters
    • Creating and deleting pages
    • The Measurements palette

    Using Master Pages
    • Creating Master Pages
    • Automatic page numbering
    • Creating headers and footers
    • Using a combination of Master Pages

    Adding text and graphics
    • Framing text and picture boxes
    • Cropping and rotating graphics
    • Wrapping text around items
    • Different types of runarounds
    • Understanding Callouts
    • Using Step and Repeat
    • Finding and changing text
    • Linking and unlinking text boxes
    • An introduction to transparency and drop shadows
    • The Advanced Image Control palette

    Working with colour
    • Spot colours and pantones
    • Creating custom colours

    Creating and formatting documents
    • Fonts, styles and sizes
    • Working with templates
    • Paragraph formatting
    • Leading, tracking and kerning
    • Modifying text and picture boxes
    • Using invisibles and guides
    • Introducing tabs
    • Rules above and below
    • Bullets and numbering in QuarkXPress

    Questions and answers
  • Day two

    Further text controls
    • Paragraph and character
    style sheets
    • Style sheets with templates
    • Runaround techniques
    • Using Conditional Styles
    • Working with the Story Editor
    • Editing in the Story Editor
    • Using Space/Align
    • The Key Item Space/Align feature
    • Using the QuarkXPress Library
    • Using the Baseline Grid

    Working with beziers
    • Creating custom shapes and paths
    • Creating text on a path
    • Working with ShapeMaker

    Working with layers
    • Using the Layers palette
    • Using layers to isolate items that should not print
    • Adding, removing and merging layers
    • The Layer Attributes dialog box
    • Using Keep Runaround in layers
    • Layers on Master Pages
    • Deleting layers

    Working with context menus
    • Activating a context menu
    • Customising keyboard commands

    Document facilities
    • Moving pages between documents
    • Exporting different file formats
    • Exporting as a PDF

    Printing from QuarkXPress
    • Automatically embedding fonts, colours and images for trouble-free printing from QuarkXPress
    • Overview of Job Jackets
    • Exporting from QuarkXPress

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20709
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Very welcoming, good food, very knowledgable and patient trainer, good space to work in"

"Very enjoyable course and very comprehensive. A good starting point for Quark."

"Everything! Good rooms, friendly staff. All good."

"Good overall introduction to Quark Express. I need some individual tuition now!"

"Course was really beneficial. Enjoyed food. "

"Explaining complex details clearly "

"All staff very friendly. Trainer approachable and easy to communicate with. "

"All elements were great - Doug provided a really good introduction to Quart and the breaks, refreshments and facilities were all really nice. Thank you."

"great food, friendly staff, good atmosphere"

"Trainer very engaging and used relevant examples. Spending time working on a layout for a work newsletter was great!"

"Good organisation, small classes so very good for assistance"


"It was a small group so we could ask questions. I learnt so much over the two days. I was apprehensive at first but I am now able to use Quark confidently."

"Very thorough at accommodating the content of the course to the needs of the trainees. "

"The trainer was very good and was able to give specific examples that will help me in my day to day job."