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Creating a blank layout

From: iBooks Author Essential Training

Video: Creating a blank layout

I've heard from a lot of designers that say that they want to create their own custom layouts and their own custom templates completely from scratch and they don't want to have all of the extra stuff that Apple has already added into the layout to get started with. Well, in this movie, I'm going to show you how to create your own blank template so you can begin with a clean slate. To get started, I've opened up a brand new document based on the basic template. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go into the book title, select on an element, and then press Command+A to select all of the elements on the page and then press the Delete button. This gets rid of all of these elements.

Creating a blank layout

I've heard from a lot of designers that say that they want to create their own custom layouts and their own custom templates completely from scratch and they don't want to have all of the extra stuff that Apple has already added into the layout to get started with. Well, in this movie, I'm going to show you how to create your own blank template so you can begin with a clean slate. To get started, I've opened up a brand new document based on the basic template. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go into the book title, select on an element, and then press Command+A to select all of the elements on the page and then press the Delete button. This gets rid of all of these elements.

You can do that for other elements such as the table of contents. Next, let's turn our attention to the individual layout pages. If we pull down the sidebar, let's start off with the chapter layout. Go ahead and click on the chapter layout then click on any element in the page, press Command+A, and then press the Delete key. You'll notice that many of the elements disappear but not all of them, in particular this vertical bar. And you'll notice the vertical bar is still selected and it's got this small X up here at the top and there's one at the bottom as well.

This indicates that this is a locked element. To unlock the element, all you need to do is go up to the Arrange menu and go down and select Unlock. The Xs go away. You can now press the Delete key and that element goes away as well. Make sure you scroll over to the right- hand side, because many of these layouts have two pages defined. Let's go ahead and press Command+A to select all the elements on this page, hit the Delete key, and once again we'll need to unlock that vertical line by going to Arrange > Unlock.

And then we can press the Delete key to get rid of it. We can then apply those changes down to any existing documents within our document. If we want to get rid of an entire layout, such as the preface, because we're not going to be using it within our document, we can right-click or Ctrl+ Click on that layout and then simply select Delete. Now, we have a chapter that has no content in it whatsoever. You can repeat that process for all of the elements within sections as well. If you scroll down further, you can see below that, we have our pages.

I would suggest going ahead and leaving the pages in place as they are because it's just some basic layouts. If you, for instance, knew that you were never going to have a one-column layout, you could simply right-click or Ctrl+Click on the element and delete it as well to get rid of it. The pages layouts always include a blank page layout already. So if you wanted to, you can get rid of all these layouts that are just text if you knew you were just going to be starting off with just plain documents. When you're finished making all of the changes to your layout, you can simply scroll back up to the top, go up to the File menu, and choose Save as Template.

You can give your template a name, such as Blank, and the correct location, which is My Templates, is already selected for you. To learn where this location is, simply scroll over to the left-hand side and you'll notice that in your Library folder, under Application Support/iBooks Author/Templates/My Templates is the location where your new template is going to be created. Go ahead and click the Save button and then when you close that document, you don't need to save it, and you can go up to the File menu and choose New from Template Chooser, and when you scroll down in the list, you will find your new blank yemplate that you can open up and you can begin working with.

Since we didn't get rid of the rest of these elements, they're still here in this one. But you could go through and build your own blank template if you want to do a [00:0339.14] complete layout from scratch.

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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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