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Adding text

From: Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Video: Adding text

Even though you're making a photo book, it's inevitable that you'll use some text in your book. You might use text on the cover, on the title page, in an introduction to the photo book, in photo captions, or even on pages of description or narrative. Here is how to work with text in BookSmart. Text can only be added inside a text box, which is a white box like the one you see down here surrounded by a light gray border. I happen to be working in one of the page layouts from the Picture Layouts category in the Page Layout panel.

Adding text

Even though you're making a photo book, it's inevitable that you'll use some text in your book. You might use text on the cover, on the title page, in an introduction to the photo book, in photo captions, or even on pages of description or narrative. Here is how to work with text in BookSmart. Text can only be added inside a text box, which is a white box like the one you see down here surrounded by a light gray border. I happen to be working in one of the page layouts from the Picture Layouts category in the Page Layout panel.

Many of these have room for text, as this layout does. To add a caption under this photo, I am going to click in this text box, and BookSmart automatically zooms me in so that I can better see what I'm typing. I'll type a caption: Abandoned on Valley floor. Whenever I'm working in a text box, this text options bar appears at the top of the work area. Here, I can choose a different font, font size, color, or style for my text.

To do that, I'll click and drag across the text, and then I'll come up and I'm just going to change the size of the font. I am going to make it really big so that you can see what happens if I have too much text in a text box or the text is too big. Then I get this Text Warning. If I click on the Text Warning, BookSmart tells me that it will resize the text for me to fit in this box. And if I click Resize, that's just what it does. I actually want the text to be smaller under this photo so, with the text still selected, I am going to go back to the Font Size menu and I'll set this to 12 points and then I'll click outside of the text box to remove the highlight on the text.

As I said, I'm working in a Picture Layout that happens to have a text box included. There are lots of other pre- built layouts that focus on text. I am going to select this page on the right and then I'm going to go back to the Page Layout panel, click on the Category menu, and I am going to choose to look at Text Layouts. A number of these Text Layouts have a space for images represented by the gray boxes in these diagrams. There are a couple of Text Layouts that are only text. I am going to choose one of those by clicking on it here. This particular layout has two small text boxes, one right next to the other.

I am going to add some narrative, or descriptive text, about my photo project here. And when I am adding a substantial amount of text, I like to write it in a text editor or a word processor. I just find that easier than typing here in BookSmart. Here is some text that I've written in a text editor. To get it into BookSmart, I'll click and drag over it here in my text editor, and then I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Copy. And then I'll come into BookSmart and I'll click inside the text box on the left. BookSmart zooms in, and I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Paste. And then I'll click outside the text box to automatically zoom back out.

Notice that the text was too long for just the text box on the left and so it automatically flowed into the text box on the right. Many of the text boxes in the pre-built Page Layouts are flowing text boxes like this. If this text had been too long for both text boxes and there had been a text box on another page further along in the book, the text would have flowed to that text box. And that can be several pages ahead, so you want to be aware of that. By the way, if you ever want to change the location or the shape of flowing text boxes like these, you need to first select and delete all the text in those boxes and then you can customize the layout by clicking Edit Layout at the top of the screen. And I'll be showing you more about editing layouts in a later movie in this chapter.

There are lots of other text layouts to explore. one that I really like is this layout that allows text on top of image. I am going to select that to apply it to the page on the right. The large gray area is where I can put an image. So I'll go into My Photos panel and I'll find an image that has a lot of plain light gray or white space and drag that over to the page on the right and drop it on the gray area to put image behind this text. I may want to style the text to make it more readable, but I am just going to leave it as is for now.

Notice on the page on the left that there are a couple of other text boxes. These are footers and headers. If I click inside the Footer, I can choose from this menu to have the Title of the book, the Author Name, or the Page Number on the bottom of the pages. I am going to choose Page Number, and I can also choose to Apply that to this page only, to all the pages on the left, or to all pages. I'll choose all left pages and I'll click Apply. Now if I click on another spread, you can see that there's a Page Number down here in the Footer on the left side.

I'll click outside of that to show you a Header. I've already added a Header up here. If I click in there, you can see that I'm showing the Title and I can apply the Title on all left hand pages or all pages. I'll choose all pages and click Apply. Including text in a photo book can enhance the book and help you to convey its message so you'll want to be aware of the various text features here in BookSmart.

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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

44 video lessons · 9258 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. Choosing a theme
      2m 24s
    2. Planning a book
      4m 13s
    3. Organizing your assets
      6m 21s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Preparing your photos for BookSmart
      5m 59s
    2. Color-managing your photos for BookSmart
      7m 7s
    3. Starting a new book in BookSmart
      6m 17s
    4. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 35s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      7m 13s
    6. Importing photos from Lightroom
      6m 29s
    7. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      2m 6s
    8. Touring the BookSmart interface
      3m 40s
    9. Laying out pages
      4m 23s
    10. Placing photos on pages
      6m 27s
    11. Troubleshooting image size issues
      4m 33s
    12. Adding text
      5m 2s
    13. Creating a cover
      7m 10s
    14. Customizing your book
      7m 52s
    15. Uploading your book to Blurb
      4m 28s
  4. 1h 12m
    1. Starting a new book in Bookify
      5m 30s
    2. Troubleshooting photo importing issues
      7m 16s
    3. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      3m 6s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      2m 9s
    5. Importing photos with the Lightroom plug-in
      7m 21s
    6. Completing a Lightroom book
      4m 30s
    7. Touring the editing interface
      6m 41s
    8. Placing photos on pages
      5m 10s
    9. Troubleshooting image size issues
      2m 56s
    10. Changing page layouts
      4m 17s
    11. Adding, deleting, and moving pages
      3m 3s
    12. Styling your book
      4m 18s
    13. Adding text
      5m 44s
    14. Creating a cover
      7m 43s
    15. Publishing your book to Blurb
      2m 25s
  5. 26m 46s
    1. Why use PDF to Book with Adobe InDesign?
      2m 1s
    2. Preparing your photos for InDesign
      8m 32s
    3. Downloading and installing the InDesign plug-in
      1m 45s
    4. Using the InDesign plug-in
      7m 39s
    5. Uploading your PDF to Blurb
      6m 49s
  6. 11m 46s
    1. Ordering your book
      4m 14s
    2. Selling in the Blurb bookstore
      3m 36s
    3. Marketing your book
      3m 56s
  7. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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