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Chapter 3. Tools of the Trade > Item Creation Tools

Item Creation Tools

The name of the QuarkXPress game is page layout, so we'd better start laying out some pages. There are five kinds of items you can put on your page: text box, picture box, contentless box, lines, and text paths. I spend much of the rest of the book discussing how to put content inside these objects and what to do with it once it's there, so I'd better spend some time now exploring the items themselves, how to make them, and how to edit them to suit your needs.

In this section, I discuss the various tools you can use to create page items. There's more than ever in this version of the program, so many that the folks at Quark decided to hide some of them inside popout menus in the Tool palette (see Figure 3-2, as well as “Palettes,” in Chapter 2, QuarkXPress Basics, for more information on how to move these tools in and out of the popout menus).


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