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  Creating Stroked Text In QuarkXPress™
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5. Position the image in the layout. In this case it's a page head.

postit.gif   Note: When working on the Macintosh®, the preview image in the EPS file will be in PICT format. The PICT format supports transparency so the picture box can be set with a background of "None" and you will be able to see the transparent background onscreen in QuarkXPress. When working in Windows®, though, the preview image will be in TIFF format which doesn't support transparency. Although you won't be able to see a transparent background onscreen, it will print correctly when output to a PostScript® device.

Using QuarkXPress To Create The Effect

6. In QuarkXPress, create a text box and enter the desired text, then select it (shown highlighted below).

7. Click Style > Text to Box. This creates a picture box in the shape of the text. Click Item > Edit, then un-check "Shape" to keep from accidentally changing the shape.

8. Click Item > Modify, then in the "Box" tab, choose a color from the "Box" section of the dialog (for the fill). Then click the "Frame" tab and select a width and color for the frame of the box (for the stroke). In this case the box (fill) color is yellow and the frame (stroke) color is black with a width of .6 of a point.

9. Click Item > Content > None to get rid of the criss-cross lines in the box. This is optional but the criss-cross lines tell you that the box is a picture box. I prefer to get rid of them. To achieve the same shadow effect, move the box over the original text. Then select them both with the Item tool and group them by clicking Item > Group.

10. This is a close up of the finished effect. Once again, you may want to create the effect in another application and save it as an EPS file because you will have greater control. Still, you can create the effect in Quark™ without having to use another application.

 
 

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