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In one of the earlier movies, I mentioned that the book-making tool is really a layout program hidden inside of Aperture, and that is so true, and I'm going to prove that to you right now through the ability to make custom templates. You can make custom templates for just about anything you want, any layout project, posters, and fliers. In this case, I'm going to show you a custom layout template for a fine art note card. The end product is a 5 x 7 note card that goes in a very nice envelope, printed yourself on very nice paper, and people love these things.
They're absolutely gorgeous. You can set up a template right here in your Aperture Library and go back to it anytime you want and just drop photos on there. So, let me show you how to do that. First, I'll give you tour of what we have here. Here we have the photo itself. This would be the front of the card. It would fold right here. Then we have type up here. You notice the type is upside down so that when we fold the card, everything looks perfect. This is a sheet of paper that is 7 x 10 inches, 7 X 10 here.
You can buy this paper that goes to your Inkjet printer. It's even scored. You can get envelopes for it. I get my paper from a company called Red River Paper. They have, I think right now, four different styles of this type of paper, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Now when you want to make a new note card, just go back to any of our albums, and let's say I want to make a note card with this guy here. All I have to do is drag him down to my Notecard project.
Go back to Notecard, looks like I dragged more than I bargained for there. I had more than just one guy selected, and it makes no difference, because it doesn't hurt anything. I go to blank template right there. I just simply drag him right there. I can double-click, and I can do some image scaling if I want. Once I scale, I can move around within there and then click outside. On the text, all I have to do is type the text.
Now you notice that I had rotated the text. I'm working off a master right now. So, when I un-type off of it, it goes back upside down. Let's zoom in to 100%. We'll just go 100% right here. Now watch what happens. I have this set up so that the angle is upside down. Actually, we'll go to Edit Layout. Right here is where I set the Angle, so you can change the angle by clicking on that. I just created a new text box, as we did before. But what's so clever about Aperture is that when I go to Edit Content now, it turns around so I can do my typing and not have to cock my head upside down.
Then when I click out of it, it goes back to upside down. I mean this is really fun stuff. So, quickly, let me show you how I set this up. We'll go back to our project, we'll pick this shot right here, and we're going to pretend like we're creating a book. But this is going to be note cards. So, we're going to call this Notecard 2. When we go to Book Type, instead of choosing one of the templates, we're just kind of go to Custom. Now you notice that I have a Notecard Template set up here already.
That's what I was showing you. Here are the specs. If you wanted to create your own, you would just go to New Theme, call it Notecard Temp 2. Set the Page Size, in our case, 7 inches wide by 10 inches tall, because that is the size of the paper that we use. You set your Spacing right here. All this can be changed on the fly. Then you click OK.
Now we have a new Notecard Template. So, now we choose that theme and here we go. So, now we have the pages the right size. You'll get all sorts of extra pages. A lot of times what I do, at least early on, is as I just go ahead and get rid of it when I click on the first one. Click on the last one here. Now we're going to get a warning when I do this. But we're not sending this to the Apple. This is something that we're going to print ourselves. The softcover here, you can't usually get rid of.
That will be grayed out. So, you just sort of have to live with that there. Then you go ahead and design your custom template. We have it the right size and everything. We're going to Edit Layout. The first thing that we'll do is we'll add a Photo Box. Then we just position the box. I won't get too crazy on this here, because we have the other one to go to. Then I'm going to add a Text Box. We'll just move that up here.
Once you move it around, you can resize it a bit. Then the way that you get it upside down is you make sure that it's selected. You just change the Angle here to 180, and I hit Tab. Now the type will be upside down, and you're pretty much ready to go. I did a few other little goodies, like I added a small border to my image. Then all you have to do is just drag your image right here and you go, "I want the order be a different color." That's not a problem.
We could make it a nice blue. There we go. Type you type in there. Make sure you do Edit Content. I'm just typing my name. There we go. We'll go up to 100%. See what we did. It straightens out here, right there, just make it a little bit bigger. There we go. Now we can see what we're doing. Then you go, "Oh, I want to reposition a little bit." So, you go to Edit Layout.
Then you can just move it back. Then we'll zoom back out. Voila. There you go. If you like your template, once you get it all set up, then you can save this as a master template. Just go to Save Page > As New Document Master. Then that way, when you go here, there is your master right there, and then you can just keep adding pictures and keep adding pictures. So, I know that this was a specialized project where we create a note card, but believe me, you can use this for just about any layout project you want, and you have your whole Aperture photo library available to you.
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