SHADOWCASTER 3.2 OVERVIEW
ShadowCaster is an XTension that lets you create expert special effects — including sophisticated drop shadows and full transparencies — right in QuarkXPress. You can select any page elements (including text
boxes, picture boxes, text, imported graphics, lines, text paths, and rules) and change the opacity, add shadows, and apply other special effects such as outer glow, inner glow, and emboss.
With ShadowCaster, you no longer need to switch between QuarkXPress and an imageediting program to achieve these effects. ShadowCaster automatically creates and places high-resolution graphic files to add
effects to selected items. Plus, unlike effects imported from image-editing programs, ShadowCaster’s effects retain their flexibility, allowing changes throughout the design and editing process.
To use ShadowCaster, follow these general steps:
1 Create layers for selected QuarkXPress items using the ShadowCaster Create palette.
2 Create special effects for layers and change the blending and opacity among layers.
3 Preview your effects for a page in the ShadowCaster Preview palette.
4 Place the effects on the page, using your choice of RGB, CMYK, or grayscale mode for the graphic files.
5 Remove the QuarkXPress items when you’re finished with them.
6 Save commonly used effects (such as drop shadows) as styles to apply in one step.
Designing with ShadowCaster
ShadowCaster’s capabilities offer a host of new graphic design possibilities, including layering transparent and shadowed items for 2-D and 3-D effects, and easing transitions between QuarkXPress items. Expert imageediting controls similiar as Photoshop include:
• Blending modes for the items on each layer: Dissolve, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Color Dodge, Color Burn, Darken, Lighten, Difference, Exclusion, Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity.
• Opacity controls (from 0% transparent to 100% opaque) in 1% increments for the items on each layer.
• Special effects for items and content on layers: Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, and Bevel/Emboss.
The ShadowCaster installer lets you install a full-functioning version or a demo version.
The XTension is automatically placed in the XTension folder inside your QuarkXPress 4.1, 5 or 6 folder.
68K + PPC (FAT)
From Mac OS 9.0
up to Mac OS 10.4
Tested with OS 9.2.2 (Mac 9600, G3 update) up to OS 10.4.11 (G4 Quicksilver) and QXP 5.1 + 6.52;
lots of memory helps a lot