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In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging ebook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
Now, let's work on changing the appearance of some of our objects on our page. Let's begin by working with the rectangle. Go ahead and click one time on the rectangle and then in your Graphics Inspector, let's begin by changing the fill from a Gradient Fill to a Color Fill and then click inside the color well to bring up your Color window. Go ahead and drag the slider all the way down to the bottom to convert the color into a solid black. Now that we've taken care of the fill, let's address the stroke. The stroke is the small line that goes around the outside edge of the object.
For the top part, we want to get rid of the stroke all together, so we'll click the dropdown menu and select None. Finally, we want to adjust the opacity of this object. We can either grab the slider and simply drag it down to the value that we like or we can type in the value. I'm going to enter in a value of 40 on mine and press Enter or Return. That's going to provide a nice transparent background to this object, so we'll be able to see through to the image, but it will provide enough of a contrast for us when we add our title text directly over top of it.
Next, let's turn our attention to the rounded rectangle. Go ahead and click on that one time and then go up to the Fill dropdown menu, and again, we'll change it to a color fill. Click on the color well. And this time we want to convert the color into a mid- tone gray. So we can make sure that the color is perfectly white by clicking on one of the open cells down in the bottom, and then click the slider and drag the slider down until you reach the midpoint. That will give us a nice middle gray. For the stroke of this line, we're going to go ahead and leave the stroke on, but I want to change the size of the stroke from a half point all the way up to a full point.
That will provide a little extra buffer around the outside edge for us to be able to work with. Go ahead and deselect by clicking Off, and now let's go ahead and work on the image. Click one time on the condor's image. We're going to go and grab that image and drag it up and a little bit to the right. You want to make sure that the bottom edge of the image is overlapping over top of where the bottom of the curve of our rounded rectangle appears. We can then adjust the size down a little bit to get our image a little bit closer to the size that we want.
Then if we click the Edit Mask button, we can then trim in the crop so that it snaps right to the edge of our rounded rectangle. If we need to make any adjustments, we can click one time in the middle so that the outer edges are adjusted and then either use our mouse to move the image around or we can nudge it around using the arrow keys on our keyboard. I'm going to go ahead and nudge mine up just a little bit, and a little bit over to the left. That looks pretty good right there. I'm going to click away to deselect. Now, our image is cropped nicely directly on top our callout.
Finally, let's turn our attention to our text. Go ahead and click and drag the text window into our callout and align the bottom of the text so that it aligns with the bottom of the rounded rectangle. Next, we'll focus on the text itself. Let's begin adjusting our text by adjusting the inset margin first. To do this, click one time on the text to make sure that the entire text box is selected. And then in the Text Inspector down at the bottom, there's the Inset Margin. You can go ahead and drag this up to the desired value or you can type it in.
I'm going to set my value to 10 points. That's going to pull the text in from the outer edge of the text box about 10 points so that we don't have the text lying right up against the edge of our callout window. Next, let's go ahead and select the entire top paragraph by triple-clicking on the word "California Condor." And go up to our Format bar, and we will choose the dropdown menu and we'll select the standard Helvetica Neue font that we've been working with throughout the training. We'll then change the font face to a medium font face.
We'll change the size to 18 points and for the color, I'm going to choose this nice yellow color. It's going to make the text really pop off the page. Over in our Text Inspector, we want to adjust the spacing after the paragraph. We're going to open up that up a little bit by dragging the slider over to the right, until we get to 10 points. The text is looking pretty good. Let's go ahead and check our work by clicking away from the text and we can see how that text really just stands out. Next, let's go ahead and format the center section of the text.
We can do this, again, by triple-clicking on the first paragraph to select it, then hold down the Shift key and click after the word "Years" to select the rest of the second paragraph. Once again, we'll go back up to the top, to the Format menu, and we'll change the font to Helvetica Neue. We're going to leave the font face at Regular and then change the font size down to 14 points. This is going to make the text much more readable. We'll change the color to a nice white color so that it really stands out on that gray background.
We'll also change the alignment of the text so that it's fully justified. This will make the right-hand edge of our text line up as a nice sharp line. Over in the Text Inspector, we will adjust the spacing between lines down a little bit, to 1.2. This will tighten up the text just a little bit. We'll also adjust the spacing after a paragraph up to 14. I'm going to go ahead and select 0 and type in 14 on my keyboard and hit Enter or Return in order to accept that value. We can deselect to check our work by clicking away, and now we can see how the text is lining up inside of our callout.
The final thing we need to do is work on the Explore California URL down at the bottom. To select this, triple-click on it to select it and then we'll go back up to the top. We'll change the font to Helvetica Neue, the size to 14 points. We'll choose the same yellow color that we chose for our California Condors header. We'll make sure that we center the text by clicking on the Center Align tool. And then in our Text Inspector, let's increase the spacing between the characters from 0% up to about 15%.
All right, things are looking pretty good there. We'll go ahead and deselect, and now we have a nice callout that's ready to be added into our text. But before we do, we want to make one more final modification and that is to go ahead and click and drag in order to select all of our text and all of our objects. We are then going to go up to the Arrange menu and go down to Group, so now all of these objects are now grouped as one single object that can be grabbed and moved into place.
If you need to ungroup objects, you simply click on the grouping, go up to Arrange, and select Ungroup in order to access all of the individual objects that are contained within your group. A good thing for you to do right now is to go ahead and ungroup the objects, then go in and select each of these three different groupings of text and create a new style like you've already seen how to do in a previous movie, and create a style for Callout Header, Callout Body, and Callout Footer. Then regroup the objects and meet me in the next movie, where we'll go ahead, place our objects within our page, and apply some additional metadata.
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