To set up a customized Colors palette using duplicated and renamed default colors, follow these steps:

  1. Launch QuarkXPress. (Ensure that no projects are open for Steps 2-5 below)

  2. Go to Edit > Colors.

  3. Select Cyan (or any other color that you want to duplicate and customize) and click Duplicate.

  4. By default QuarkXPress will name it Cyan Copy. Rename your custom Cyan color and click OK.

  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for other customized process colors you want to include in your default Colors palette.

  6. Click Save.

Whenever you create a new project, the new colors will display in the Colors palette by default.


QuarkXPress permits you to globally replace one color with another throughout the application after you create the color. This is useful when you are preparing a file that is reproduced on a monthly basis and want to use customized color sets for each publication. For example, suppose you needed a customized Cyan plate for a particular color output that you want to change from 97% Cyan to 83% Cyan for the next month's publication. You can do so by duplicating the default Cyan color, giving the duplicate Cyan color a custom name, and setting it up as a spot color. After you've done this, all you have to do is change the percentage of Custom Cyan during the next publication cycle.