A Guide to QuarkXPress 2018

Native QuarkXPress objects

QuarkXPress allows you to convert items from other application such as Excel, Illustrator, PowerPoint and InDesign, as well as PDFs, Illustrator,WMF and EPS files to native QuarkXPress objects.

This allows you to:

  • Convert and edit vector data (like logos, etc) from supported file formats that include AI, WMF, EPS and PDF.

  • Convert editable PDFs, update content and republish as PDF or other formats that are supported in QuarkXPress.

  • Extract colors and typography from PDF's to use in QuarkXPress.

  • Embed or create linked images while converting to native QuarkXPress objects.

You can get native QuarkXPress objects in the following ways:

  • Convert existing items Convert files that have been imported into your document to native QuarkXPress objects.

  • Import items Copy items and then paste them as native QuarkXPress objects.

This results in fully editable Bezier version of vector graphics and editable text. Colors and font information are automatically extracted. Images can be either embedded in the project or linked to the current project.

Convert an existing item to a native QuarkXPress object

To convert existing items to native QuarkXPress objects:

  1. Right click on the object and choose Convert To Native Objects from the context menu (or choose Style > Convert to Native Objects). The Convert to Native Objects dialog displays.

    The image you are attempting to convert must have vector or text components in it. The Convert to Native Objects feature is not supported for Raster only images.

  2. Check Retain Source Picture Box to compare the converted objects with the imported source image.

  3. Check Ignore Soft Masks to exclude the conversion of soft masks from the source image.

  4. Check Ignore Transparent Blend Modes to ignore transparent blends applied to the source image.

  5. Check Ignore Profile from Source Colors and the profile embedded with that image in the source file will be ignored. It will be mapped to the QuarkXPress generic profile instead.

  6. Check Link Raster Images to save raster images from PDF to the disk as PDF images. For saved projects, the linked images are saved in a folder with the project name added with the image number appended. For unsaved projects it will be created in the temp folder of the OS.

  7. Click OK.

Import an object as a native QuarkXPress object

To import an item as a native QuarkXPress object:

  1. Copy the object from its application to the clipboard

  2. Right click in your project where you want to place the object and choose Paste as Native Objects from the context menu (or Edit > Paste as Native Objects). The Paste as Native Objects dialog displays.

    To skip the dialog, hold down the Option key (Mac OS X) or the Alt key (Windows) when choosing Paste as Native Objects from the context menu.

    The options you select in this dialog persist and will be used if you choose to suppress the dialog.

  3. Check Ignore Soft Masks to exclude the conversion of soft masks from the source image.

  4. Check Ignore Transparent Blend Modes to ignore transparent blends applied to the source image.

  5. Check Ignore Profile from Source Colors and the profile embedded with that image in the source file will be ignored. It will be mapped to the QuarkXPress generic profile instead.

  6. Check Link Raster Images to save and link to the converting project of the raster images from the source PDF for saved projects. For unsaved projects it will be created in the temp folder of the OS..

  7. Click OK.

    The item is pasted into your project as a native QuarkXPress object.

    If the item contains fonts not installed on your system, an alert will display. You can list the fonts not available on your system and optionally, replace them at this time.