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Desktop Pub. - Quark XPress 3: Certificate

Main Core Tie

Graphic Print Design 1
Strand 4

Additional Core Ties

Graphic Print Design 1
Strand 7

Graphic Print Design 1
Strand 5

Time Frame

1 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size


Life Skills

  • Communication
  • Employability


David Black


This lesson is the third of six teaching Desktop Publishing skills using Quark XPress software. Other DTP software may be substituted. In this lesson, the students will create a certificate of completion with borders, text, check boxes, and vector-based medallion.


Student instruction sheet (CertifcateStudent.doc or CertifStudent.pdf) and example (CertifExample.pdf).

Background for Teachers

Appropriate computer system and Quark XPress or other desktop publishing software.

Student Prior Knowledge

Successful completion of Quark XPress projects 1 and 2 (quotation and business card).

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Create a document with landscape layout; (2) Create stacked shapes to create an appropriate certificate border; (3) Choose a color scheme and create new colors; and (4) Design a vector-based mediallion using the starburst and pen tools.

Assessment Plan


See the attached rubric.

Created: 03/29/2005
Updated: 02/05/2018