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Settings in Q++Studio

Settings in Q++Studio

Requires QuarkXPress 2017-2024.


Text Background Shading is one of the 3 new text attributes introduced with QuarkXPress 2017.


Note that text background shading is a paragraph attribute in InDesign, but character-wise shading is possible using underline options.


It is similar to the effect obtained using the rule above/rule below paragraph attributes but have the added advantage that this is a text property meaning that this background shade can be applied to dis-contiguous text ranges, and even with different attributes for different text on the same line.

The Text Background Shade Editor appears in Q++Studio when selecting the Background Shade property in macro options, text formatting attributes and saras.*


Text background shading is a text attribute and therefore can be combined with any of the other text attributes, including text background frame and text stroking.


The Settings options correspond to the text background shade part of the Tools Bar of the QuarkXPress user interface.


Corresponding settings in QuarkXPress

Corresponding settings in QuarkXPress


The settings of the Extent options depend on the Shade Style selected.


The Background Frame, when specified in macro options, text formatting attributes and saras, works exactly as it does in QuarkXPress.


That is to say, the frame extends by a fixed amount from the edge of the text, meaning that the frame "width" depends on the width of the text being shaded, as shown to the left, below.


*In minicalendar options, it is possible to produce frames of the same position and size regardless of the text/number to which it is applied, as shown above, to the right.


Topic 181345, last updated on 18-Mar-2023