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Creating a book cover

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Creating a book cover provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Chris Mattia as part of the iBooks Author Essential Training
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
    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 23s
    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
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 26s
    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 14s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 7s
    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 46s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 55s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 25s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 52s
    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 52s
    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

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Creating a book cover
Video Duration: 9m 26s 6h 3m Appropriate for all Updated Feb 18, 2013


Creating a book cover provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Chris Mattia as part of the iBooks Author Essential Training

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore
Design Education + Elearning
iBooks Author

Creating a book cover

Let's get started by building our Explore California Travel Guide book cover. To begin, simply come over to the sidebar and click on Book Title. The Book Title template will appear and now we can begin customizing our book. Let's start with the title. To begin editing the title, simply click on the Book Title, then click again to get your cursor to appear inside of it, and I will go ahead and select the title. I'm going to type in, using All caps, "EXPLORE," space, "California." Now, California, I'm only going to capitalize the C and the rest of it will all be lowercase.

Then we'll go ahead and change the font. So let's go ahead and select that entire line of text again and we'll come up here to our Formatting toolbar, click the dropdown menu, and I'm going to select Palatino as my font. It looks a little bit better. Now, we'll go ahead and shrink down the text for just EXPLORE. So I'll just select the text for EXPLORE and I'll change the font size here to 72. I'll make it a little bit smaller and clean up a little bit. Now we'll adjust the spacing that we have between the EXPLORE and California.

We'll do that again in the Formatting palette, using the Choose the line spacing tool, and we'll click the dropdown menu and change it to 0.6. That'll tighten up those two lines of text a little bit. Now let's go ahead and add a background image. So to do that, simply come over to the upper right-hand corner and click on the Media tool. Make sure you're in the Photos tab and you're in iPhoto. You may need to go to Events and find the first event, that is, all of the images that we imported for this chapter.

Next, go ahead and scroll down until you find the file cover_image, and just simply click and drag that cover_image file and drop it into the main part of the book. You can see the image is automatically set as the background for this file. To edit the image, simply double-click on it and it becomes selected. We can click and we can drag the image so that we can get the exact alignment that we're looking for. I want to make sure that I've got the image so that the right-hand edge of the image is aligning over here on the right-hand side of my file and I've got the coverage all the way down to the bottom.

You may need to make sure that you change your view so that Fit to Page is selected so you can see all of the file. Now we have a nice background image for our cover. Let's go ahead and edit some more text here. We'll go ahead and change the Lorem Ipsum text that's at the top by clicking on it and then selecting it. And now let's call this our 2012 TRAVEL GUIDE. I'm going to do this in all caps as well. Let's make another text change. Instead of the author down here at the bottom, we'll go ahead and select that, and now we'll type in the web address for Explore California, which is simply

When we click off of that URL we'll see that the URL highlights and becomes an active web link. On the book cover, we don't necessarily want this to be an active web link. We'll click to the right of the web address to select the box and then we'll double-click inside of the box to select the text. Next, we'll open up our Inspector and we'll go over here to the right-hand side of the Inspector to the Link Inspector. And with that link selected, we can uncheck the box for Enable Hyperlink.

Now, our EXPLORE California is simply some text that's appearing inside of our document. Our page is looking a little bit better, but let's add a few more things. Let's go ahead and close our Media Browser and let's add in our Explore California logo. You could of course add the logo from the Media Window, as we did with our background image, but I want to show you another way of adding an image. I'm going to go ahead and jump over to my Finder where I already have my chapter 01 exercise files folder opened up, and I've got it opened up to the pictures folder.

Here I've got my logo_final.gif. I'm going to simply drag that logo icon and I'm going to drop it over here on the right-hand side to the right of my page. I don't want to drop it into the middle of my page because in it it's going to set that image as a background. I'm going to drop it to the right-hand side and I'm going to close my window, and you can see I've got a small selection here, but there's nothing showing up. But if I click and simply drag that selection now onto my page, my logo shows up onto my cover. I'm going to place my logo here in the upper right-hand corner and I'm going to grab the lower left-hand corner of it, and I'm going to drag it up until my logo is about 125 pixels wide, and then I'm going to release.

Next, let's add a little more interest to our layout here. Let's add a footer element down at the bottom. To do that, we'll come up here to the Shapes, we'll click the dropdown menu, and we'll simply add a box shape. And I'll go ahead and stretch that box shape out so it's quite a bit wider than needed, but its height is going to remain at about 100 pixels. We'll go ahead and take and drag that box all the way down towards to the bottom so that it snaps right to the bottom of my page. Now in my Inspector I'm going to go over here to my Graphics Inspector and I'm going to change my fill for this box to be a color fill.

Then we need to choose the color. We'll go ahead and click the color chip and it's going to automatically open up our Color palette for us. I've got a lot of different colors that I could choose from, but I think what I want is I want to grab one of these nice yellow hues out of the image itself. So I'll click on the little magnifying glass and then come over and I'll hover right over the top until I find one of these nice golden colors that's right here in the rock. I'll select that, and now so that I can save that color, I'm going to simply grab the color and I'm going to drag it down here into my color chips so I can get back to that color at a later time.

A solid color is pretty nice, but it would be nice to have a little bit of transparency to this. So with the box still selected, we're back here in our Graphics Inspector. I'll go ahead and drag the Opacity down to about 50%. That's looking much better. But now my text is hidden behind the box. That's not a problem. We'll simply come up here to the Arrange dropdown menu, and there is an option for send backwards or we could send it all the way to the back and then move it forward a little bit.

So we'll just go ahead and start with the Send Backward and we'll note the keyboard command of Command+Option+ Shift+B. So if we moved it back once, it didn't quite make it there, so we'll do Command+Option+Shift+B, and we'll press that a few times until the Explore California web address just appears over top. Now we can select that web address and drag it down so that it's centered inside of the yellow bar. That's looking a lot better.

Let's go ahead and move our EXPLORE California title down towards the bottom of our page also. You'll notice as I move the object around that I'm getting alignment guides that are snapping to show me when I have text aligned. If I pull my text down too far, you'll see that it gets hidden behind the yellow box. So you're going to move it up until it's just displaying properly, and then release. Let's add a little bit more interest to the EXPLORE in California. So to do that, I'll simply click inside of the text and select EXPLORE.

We'll go ahead and we'll treat this text with another custom color. Select the word "EXPLORE" and then in our Inspector click on the Text Inspector and click on the color chip to change the color of this particular selection of text. Since our Color palette is already open, again, we're going to use the magnifying glass to select a color out of our existing image, only this time we're going to select the golden color out of our Explore California logo.

So just hover the magnifying glass over top of that color and we'll get the color appearing, and once more we'll drag that color chip down into the bottom so we can reuse that color anytime we want throughout our book. Let's make one more color change. Let's come up here to the top where our TRAVEL GUIDE is. We'll go ahead and select the TRAVEL GUIDE, click and select it. Again, in our Text Inspector click the color chip so that it's active, click the magnifying glass. Now we'll select one of the nice dark brown colors out of this moss that's growing on the rock lower down in our image.

That's looking much better. Our cover is looking pretty good now at this point. Let's make one more adjustment. We want to make sure that the top of our 2012 Travel Guide aligns with the top of the image. But as we click and drag that portion of the image, we see that our alignment guides are not helping us out here. So let's remedy that. If we go up to the iBooks Author menu at the top and then select Preferences and then click on the Rulers tab, we can check the box to Show guides at object edges.

When we close the Preferences and now move our TRAVEL GUIDE, we can see that the left-hand side of our TRAVEL GUIDE is aligning with our text at the bottom, and when we snap to the top it aligns with the top of our Explore California logo. So now our page has a much cleaner look to it, all of our elements are aligning with each other, and we're ready to move on to the next step of building our book.

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Q: This course was updated on 02/18/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers changes included with iBooks 2.0. We added movies to address portrait-only book templates, embedded equations, scrolling sidebar and popover widgets, and updated movies on publishing to the iBookstore.





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