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Chapter 9. Pictures > Greeking and Suppression

Greeking and Suppression

There are times when I'd really rather not see all those pictures. Maybe the screen redraw or printing time is taking too long. Or maybe I want to use the picture for placement only in the electronic document and don't want it to print out. Or maybe I just hate the pictures. Whatever the case, QuarkXPress has solutions: picture greeking and picture suppression.

Picture greeking

Back in Chapter 6, Type and Typography, I discussed replacing text with gray bars. I called that “greeking the text.” Now with Greek Pictures, you can basically replace anything with a gray box. The primary benefit of doing this is to speed up screen redraw: it takes much longer to redraw a detailed picture than it does to just drop in a gray box where the picture should be. Another benefit is in designing your pages. Sometimes having greeked pictures allows you to see the page layout, including its balance and overall tone, better than if you are looking at the real thing.


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