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Chapter 4. Building a Document

Chapter 4. Building a Document

I find the design process really fascinating. The designer must meld rigid, mathematical specifications with flowing, flexible sensibilities. XPress works best when you use this mix. First, build the foundation of your document with precision. Second, place items on the page with creativity.

This chapter is about starting that process: building an infrastructure for your document. I call this “document construction.” It's just like the construction of a building. First you decide on the building's specifications—how tall and wide you want it to be, and so on. Next you lay a foundation and build structural supports.

In QuarkXPress it's very similar. First you decide on specifications for the document—how tall and wide, whether it's double- or single-sided, and so on. Next you build the structures of the page—page elements that repeat, page numbering, and text flow. If you don't take these steps first, the foundation of your work will be unreliable—and your building might just fall down.

Step with me into the building mode. Our first stop is opening a new document.

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