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  Creating Stroked Text In QuarkXPress™
Part One
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It used to be that the only way you could create a stroked text effect in Quark™ was to use another application (such as Adobe® Illustrator®). You first had to create the effect, then save it as an EPS file, then place it into a Quark picture box as an image:

QuarkXPress version 4.0 or later supports boxes of any shape. You can create a box in the shape of the text, then stroke it using Item > Modify > Frame. This tutorial shows both ways. You may still want to use the old way because you have more control over the effect.

Using Adobe Illustrator To Create The Effect

1. Create the text in Illustrator, then click Type > Create Outlines. This will create a group of vector objects (paths) which are no longer editable as text. Give it a stroke and fill of your choice. In this example I used the CMYK color model. The fill is 100% yellow and the stroke is 100% black. For a little flair I added a solid black drop shadow by making a copy, giving it a black fill then sending it to back:

2. Save the art as an EPS file. Make sure to save it with a preview image so you can see it in the layout when you work in QuarkXPress.

3. Open your QuarkXPress file and make a picture box.

4. With the Content tool selected, click File > Get Picture, then navigate to the EPS file on your drive. Click "Open" to load the EPS file into the picture box.


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