Apply Frames, Dashes, and Stripes in QuarkXPress - dummies

Apply Frames, Dashes, and Stripes in QuarkXPress

By Jay J. Nelson

In QuarkXPress, a frame is a decorative border that you can place around any kind of box. Frames and lines have the same choices for style, width, color, and opacity — the only difference is where you access them:

  • To access frame controls for an active box, click the Frame tab of the Measurements palette.
  • To access attribute controls for an active line, click the Home/Classic tab of the Measurements palette.

Use the controls shown here to specify style, width, color, and opacity. If the frame or line style contains gaps, you can also specify gap color and opacity.

Frame (top) and line (bottom) style controls.

When applying a “Scotch rule” style (any of the thick-and-thin combinations), be sure to choose a width that’s wide enough to be clearly seen when printed. Try a minimum of 6 points for a double line and 9 points for a triple line.

Frames always extend from the edge of a box to the inside of the box unless you reverse this behavior in the Framing Preferences. (The purpose of this behavior is to keep boxes aligned regardless of whether they have a frame.) To change the frame position to Outside, choose QuarkXPress → Preferences (Mac) or Edit→Preferences (Windows) and scroll down to the Print Layout or Digital Layout section (depending on whether you’re working on a Print or Digital layout). In the Layout section, go to the General section and locate the Inside and Outside radio buttons next to Framing. When you select one of these radio buttons, you get the following:

  • Inside: The frame on a picture box overlaps the picture, and the frame on a text box insets the text farther into the box.
  • Outside: The frame is placed outside the box, increasing the box’s width and height.

You can create your own frame styles by choosing Edit → Dashes and Stripes.