QuarkXPress 10 supports embedded paths and alpha masks in imported images, and even lets you create and manipulate your own clipping paths right there in the layout.

Both clipping paths and alpha masks are typically used to make parts of an imported picture transparent. The main difference is that clipping paths are vector (hard-edged), and alpha masks are raster (soft-edged and capable of semi transparency). If you import a picture with a clipping path or alpha mask, you can choose whether to use one or both, or to show the entire image.

QuarkXPress also lets you use clipping paths for text runaround. You can use an embedded clipping path, or create one automatically based on the image itself, where text is allowed to run in areas that are white. You can also create your own runaround path, and then edit it using the same tools you use to edit Bézier shapes.

If you import Photoshop® (PSD) files, you can also use that file format’s “checkerboard” transparency and control the visibility of the image file’s layers.

How it Works

  • Choose among the multiple clipping paths and alpha channels in the same image

  • Use the Measurements Palette for easy access to clipping, runaround, and masking features