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What an incredible time we live in, where you can make your own book and in iPhoto it's about as easy as it gets. We also have a book authoring tool in Aperture if you need a little bit more control. Let me show you the iPhoto book authoring tool in this movie. So, we're just going to select our images here. We have a group of sunflower images and I'm going to go down to Create and I'm going to select Book. Now, the interface is very similar to the interface that we saw for the cards.
So, if you have played with the cards then you're going to feel very comfortable here in the book world. You have Hardcover to choose from, Softcover, and Wire-bound and all you have to do is just click on the type of book that you're interested in and iPhoto will display a sample of it. And then, there's all sorts of different types of styles that you can choose from. For instance, we have Contemporary right here. On this side, you can choose the size of book and you'll notice as you do it, the information down here changes and you can see exactly, how much it's going to cost you.
And thinking that you can make a single book for $20 that you can put on your coffee table, that's neat stuff. You have some other basic controls right here in terms of how it's going to look. Let's go with this color right here. So, you're just clicking on the swatches. Once you have the basic setup and you feel, "Okay, this is the direction I want to go with my images," then you go over here to the Create button.
And now, we can play around a little bit more and it tells you right here. You can double-click on a page to edit it. So, if we want to edit the cover shot, for example, I'm going to click on Photos and they just basically auto float it for me. But if I want a different shot on the cover, all I have to do is bring that in. I can adjust the magnification of that image; get it just the way that I want and I can even put my name right here, just like that.
If I want to play with the type style, the popup menu here will help me and then we also have some Layout options and type Options down here. So, keep an eye out for these controls that you have. If you click on type Options, for example, you get a nice display and then, the same thing with Layout options. Once you're happy with how everything is looking, click on the arrow. Go to the next section and you can play with all of these sections too.
Now, you have a little navigator over here, so you can keep an eye on what's going on. And I want seven photos. I mean I don't have that many photos in this library right, so, I'm not going to do everything here. So, let's just say I just want one photo on this page and I want it to be like that, then I make that selection. I don't really want that photo, so I can just come over here and I can pick a different shot. Drag it on there, just like that.
Go back to Layout, go to the next page. Very simple, it's drag and drop. You have some basic controls but there are enough controls to give you what you need for a lot of projects. And then, when you have everything the way that you want, you go down here to Buy Book. It gives us that warning message again, about default text, thank you very much. And we go into the shopping cart where we can decide how many of these we want and see how much it's going to cost us.
Once you have everything set that way, you just check out and you're book will be in your mailbox before you know it. So, this is a very easy way to create a book. But yet pretty powerful for a lot of projects especially picture heavy projects where you're not having a lot of type and you just want to get the images the way that you want. I think the iPhoto tool is very good. And keep in mind that it also creates a project for you over here that you can come back to.
So, you can come back and play with your book over and over again, very easy to use yet, a very powerful interface for, Hey! Making your own book! How cool is that?
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