Course Code: QXP01

Introduction to QuarkXPress

This Introduction to QuarkXPress provides a comprehensive introduction to this powerful software-based publishing tool.QuarkXPress enables users to produce layouts for flyers, posters, booklets and advertising.The course will introduce you to page layout concepts and at the end of the two days you will feel confident managing spreads and pages, adding graphical and text elements and formatting to achieve the results you want.You’ll also learn about the different aspects that you need to consider when preparing to print or publish as well as exporting your work to a variety of formats.The course is ideal for QuarkXPress beginners or those self-taught users who would like to formalise their knowledge for inclusion on their CV.


Completing this Introduction to Quark Xpress course will enable you to do the following and more:

  • Produce wonderful documents and layouts for print and web
  • Create spreads from scratch
  • Edit existing documents
  • Create and work with master pages and spreads
  • Work with text, tables and graphics with confidence
  • Create and use character and paragraph style sheets
  • Manage text boxes, incl. linking and overflowing text
  • Apply simple image editing techniques
  • Set up and define colours
  • Print to PDF for printing and the web
  • Collect for output and export to other formats for a variety of uses


This course is ideal for beginners. No existing knowledge of the software is required; just basic PC or Mac skills. If you already have a fairly good understanding of QuarkXPress, why not attend one of Platform’s other QuarkXPress courses? We offer an advanced QuarkXPress course as well as one-to-one training.


We run classroom based courses at our London studios. We also offer this course in live online format for you to participate remotely. Whichever mode you choose you can be assured that you will receive the same engaging, interactive training. Private training is also available.

Day 1 Content

  • Introduction to Quark Xpress
  • Introduction to projects and layouts
  • Creating, saving and naming a project
  • Single and multiple layouts
  • Setting page sizes and margins
  • Defining columns and gutters
  • Using guides
  • Adding content
  • Working with colour
  • Drawing items
  • Copy, cut, paste, select all
  • Duplicating, grouping and ungrouping, locking and unlocking items
  • Adding text elements
  • Creating text boxes and adding text
  • Using character-based stylesheets
  • Using paragraph-based style sheets
  • Selecting fonts and font sizes
  • Horizontal and vertical scaling, kerning, tracking and baseline shift
  • Justification and setting indents
  • Working with bullets and numbers
  • Hyphenation
  • Overflowing text, linking and unlinking text boxes and controlling text flow

Day 2 Content

  • Adding images
  • Creating and resizing picture boxes
  • Importing, resizing and cropping images
  • Auto and manual image modes
  • Special effects, incl. transparency and drop shadows
  • Using the drawing tool
  • Bezier paths, Shapemaker, rule weights and cloning
  • Adding tables
  • Creating and using tables
  • Placing text and graphics in table cells
  • Formatting tables
  • Importing data from Excel and converting text to tables
  • Using Master pages
  • Creating Master items
  • Using Master pages, both single and spread
  • Page numbering
  • Printing and publishing
  • PDF for web or print
  • Collect for output
  • Export to other formats


Book a classroom place

These courses are delivered at our London studios. You do not need to bring anything with you as all equipment is provided. You can choose to use Windows or Mac when you book.


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Book an online place

These courses are delivered live and online using Zoom. To participate you will need a reliable broadband internet connection and a copy of the software already installed on your computer.


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Book private, bespoke training

We offer this course in a range of private and fully bespoke formats including: one-to-one training, private courses for groups and on-site training at your premises. Contact us with your requirements.


Any questions?

If you have any questions about our beginners level QuarkXPress course please send us a message using our contact page and we will reply to you as soon as possible – or call us on 0203 3974567.


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