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Reason 5: Grids and Guides

Reason 5: Grids and Guides

QuarkXPress has always had a baseline grid, but you had to set it up for the entire layout through Preferences—far away from other text-formatting and layout features. And you could always draw all the guides you wanted manually, on both layout pages and master pages. But in QuarkXPress 8, you can create sophisticated grids, save those grids as styles, and apply them to master pages and individual text boxes (see Figure 8).

Figure 8 The Master Guides & Grid dialog box and a master page.

To create a grid, use the Grid Styles palette (Window menu) and the Master Guides & Grid dialog box (Page menu, when a master page is displayed). QuarkXPress 8 also provides a Guides palette (Window menu) that lets you place guides numerically, control the color and display of individual guides, lock guides, and more.

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