A common design technique is to have an image display inside the glyphs of a string of text. This technique is called a 'Text Mask'. Below is an example of a text mask. You can create a text mask in QuarkXPress by using the Convert Text to Boxes feature.





To create a text mask in QuarkXPress 8,9 follow these steps:




  1. Highlight the text with which you want to create the text mask.

  2. Go to Item > Convert Text to Boxes > Entire box > ...



    Note: In QuarkXPress 8,9 you are given three different options at this point to create a text to box: Unanchored, Anchored, and Convert Entire Box. If you choose Unanchored, the highlighted glyphs will be converted to a box that is independent of the text string from which you converted them. If you choose Anchored, the glyphs of the converted box remain a part of the text string and will flow with it. If you choose Convert Entire Box, all the text in the box will be converted to boxes on a line by line basis.

  3. Select the converted Text to Box object.

  4. Go to File > Import and import the image you want into the object you want to form the text mask.



    Tip: Sometimes you will end up importing an image that is much larger than the converted box size. If you want to reduce file size, you can use the Picture Effects feature to crop the image to match the size of the converted box, but be sure you select the Link Layout to New Picture option in the Save Picture dialog.



To create a text mask in QuarkXPress 7 and earlier, follow these steps:




  1. Highlight the text with which you want to create the text mask.

  2. Go to Style > Text to Box.

  3. Select the converted Text to Box object.

  4. Go to File > Import and import the image you want into the object you want to form the text mask.



    Tip: Sometimes you will end up importing an image that is much larger than the converted box size. If you want to reduce the amount of saved information in your layout to reduce file size, you can use the Picture Effects feature to crop the image to match the size of the converted box. To do this, go to File > Save Picture.