How to add or make a border, outline, or stroke to text in QuarkXPress

One of the most important aspects when writing a text is that it is readable for readers, and in the case that it is on an image or design it is even more important that it be legible, since sometimes the background tends to distort the letters and it becomes difficult to understand the message.

Most of the people who work in this area of ​​design use QuarkXPress software , since it has a variety of design options for books, magazines and it has different types of fonts and it is possible to create your own personal Windows letter fonts . Let’s talk a little more about this excellent tool.

What is QuarkXPress?

QuarkXPress is a software created in 1987. It is designed to be a complement tool for graphic designers, since it has all the necessary tools to design mockups as complex as necessary and solves all kinds of problems related to typography, placement of objects and other aspects. However you can learn more on its official page .

QuarXPress works with texts and images in different ways to their accessibility and comfortable positioning in the elements of the page. It manages Pantone and HexaChrome color tables, as well as other color spaces, and offers layer synchronization, multiple undo levels, XML, HTLM and the ability to generate professional PDF’s.

We already said that one of the biggest problems and one of the most important is when the letters are not legible enough because there may be a design or image behind them, so below we will explain step by step how to add borders, contrast or I trace the text to have better readability.

How to add or create borders, contrast or stroke to text in QuarkXPress step by step?


There are different ways you can add or create borders and contrasts to text in QuarkXPress. Since it is possible to do it in different ways and using different options, we will explain how to do it with each of them.

Modifying the properties ofthe characters

One of the most common and simple ways to make text stand out is by modifying the properties of the characters. This option was created to be used with thick or bold typefaces , since the stroke is generated towards the inside, and if it is thin, all the identity of the font will be lost. In order to apply this tool we must follow the following steps:

  • Select the text you want to add an outline to and press “CTRL + SHIFT + D” to open the character properties panel.
  • When the panel opens, the stroke option will appear in the lower right, choose the color and width you want and that’s it.
  • There are also other types of options available to modify the text and be able to adapt it to the design, such as:
  • No fill: This option allows you to remove the font color leaving only the font stroke.
  • Join: This allows you to select the type of joint nodes of the vertices, round corner or chamfer.
  • Hollow: Although this is not a characteristic of the stroke of the characters, it is quite useful to separate characters and thus make the text more readable.

Applying semi-transparent color to text

This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to add border to text. In order to carry out this step we have to use the option mentioned above which is “Hollow”. We must follow the following steps:

  • After having carried out the previous steps, we select the text and convert it into curves from the “Elements” menu, then we click on “Convert text to boxes” and “Without anchoring”.
  • A copy of the text will be created but in vectorized form and it is impossible to modify. The next thing we must do is move the layer just below the text making it coincide and change the color that is desired and then apply the transparency that is needed.
  • To be able to apply the transparency, press “CTRL + M” to open the corresponding window.

Although there are other options within QuarkXPress to achieve this effect, the result is not always what you want, so it is best to play it safe and do it using the methods mentioned above.


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