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Chapter 3. Tools of the Trade

Chapter 3. Tools of the Trade

Have you noticed that we typically identify people's professions by the tools they use? I have only to mention some tool, and a vocation comes to mind: A hammer and nails. A cold stethoscope. A blackboard and chalk. A printing press. We don't think of a hairdresser as standing around waving his arms but, rather, wielding a pair of scissors or a razor.

Every trade has a toolbox with which they must make a living, and you and I are no different. Our toolbox is our computer—or, more specifically, QuarkXPress—and the tools inside are the subject of this chapter. The tools I talk about may appear, at first, to be simple and you may begin to kick yourself when you don't “get it” right away. But remember, like all tools, these take some time to learn, and it's not until you really start using them regularly that you begin to learn their secrets. For instance, it wouldn't take me long to teach you how to thread a needle and sew two pieces of cloth together. How much longer would it take for you to become a professional tailor?


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