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Chapter 4. Text input > How does text get onto a page?

How does text get onto a page?

To input or import text in QuarkXPress, you have to first create a box to put it in or a text path to put it on. QuarkXPress has five tools that are expressly used for creating different-shaped text boxes, two Bézier text box tools, and four text path tools. What's more, you can convert any item into a text box or text path.

Once you've learned the rudiments of manipulating text from this chapter—getting it into a box, highlighting it, and rearranging it—you'll want to learn about paragraph formatting (Chapter 6) and explore the many ways to give it some flair (Chapter 7). To learn how to flow long text passages through multiple boxes, see Chapter 5, Text Flow.

Once you're comfortable with the basic typographic controls in QuarkXPress, you'll appreciate the beauty of character and paragraph style sheets, which are covered in Chapter 13. Bézier text paths are covered in Chapter 12.

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