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Text stroking settings in Q++Studio

Text stroking settings in Q++Studio

Requires QuarkXPress 2017-2024 or InDesign 2020-2024.


Text Framing is one of the 3 new text attributes introduced with QuarkXPress 2017, and is also supported by InDesign, although text background shading and text framing are paragraph attributes in InDesign.


Text Stroking is similar to the Outline face attribute, but it has the advantage that the color, shade, thickness and opacity of the outline can be controlled.


Additionally, by setting the option NoFill to false, then the inside remains, allowing for the creating of 2-color text (as the result of stroking remains text and can be treated as text, not as vector shapes).

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


QuarkXPress Specifics


Its settings and options correspond to the text stroking part of the Tools Bar of the QuarkXPress user interface.

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


InDesign Specifics


In InDesign, the filling, or not, of the stroked character depends on the stroked character’s underlying font color, as shown on the right.


A NoFill stroked text will have its underlying font color changed to None, with all trace of the previous color gone.

The color used to fill is either the existing color of the underlying token in the template, or that color has been changed elsewhere via a sara or a macro.


Additionally, the Join option is not available when using InDesign.


See also: differences between QuarkXPress and InDesign.


Topic 181390, last updated on 24-Oct-2023