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Chapter 18. Béziers > Bézier basics

Bézier basics

All Bézier items are composed of the same building blocks: straight and/or curved line segments, connected by points. Each point on a curved segment has two rabbit-ear curve handles attached to it that control the shape and direction of the curve. Béziers are defined by mathematical formulas, but the math is done for you.

QuarkXPress offers a whole slew of tools for creating custom-shaped Bézier boxes, lines, and text paths: three Bézier Picture Box tools, two Bézier Text Box tools, two Bézier Line tools, and two Bézier Text-Path tools. Each Bézier tool creates an item with a distinctive function—e.g., a closed shape to contain text or a picture, an open line on which to place text, or a decorative, freely drawn line. Once you learn how to use them, you'll be able to draw any shape under the sun.


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