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Creating a custom layout

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Video: Creating a custom layout

Let's begin creating our own custom layout for Explore California Travel Guide. For each of our tours, it would be great to include a photo collage of images that have been submitted from various people who have taken our tour. Let's create a custom template that will make this process easier for us in the future. To begin, make sure you have your layouts visible and scroll to the bottom of the Pages section and find the Blank layout. Then right-click or Ctrl+Click on the blank layout and choose Duplicate.

Creating a custom layout

Let's begin creating our own custom layout for Explore California Travel Guide. For each of our tours, it would be great to include a photo collage of images that have been submitted from various people who have taken our tour. Let's create a custom template that will make this process easier for us in the future. To begin, make sure you have your layouts visible and scroll to the bottom of the Pages section and find the Blank layout. Then right-click or Ctrl+Click on the blank layout and choose Duplicate.

Then change the name to Photo Collage. Make sure the Photo Collage is selected and then click inside the main window. We'll begin by opening up our Media browser and grabbing a placeholder image out of our photos collection and simply dropping it on to our page. Any photo here will do. I'm using one out of the chapter 2 exercise files called Placeholder. Next, we want to create a small footer to the image so we can have a place to put in our Explorer's name. To do this, simply come up to the top and select Shapes, and we'll select the box shape.

Then we'll resize the box so that it's the same width as our image and approximately 50 pixels high. We'll then make sure we move that box into place so that it snaps to the very bottom of our image. We can then open up our Inspector and on the Graphics tab, change the fill for the box to Color Fill, click on the color chip, and change the color to black. We can then change the Opacity of this box down to 40% and now we have a nice place to put our text.

Next, we'll go up and select the Text Box tool to create a new text box. We'll double-click on the text and simply type in "Explorer's Name." We'll select that text and change the color of the text to white and the size to 24 points. We'll deselect the text and then move the text box into place and resize the text box so that it's centered in the bottom of our image.

We want to define this text as its own style. To do this, simply click on the text box to select it, and then at the bottom of your style sheet, click the plus and choose Create Paragraph Style from Selection. A sheet will pull down, and we can define this new paragraph style as Explorer's Name. We'll click the OK button and now Explorer's Name is a new paragraph style. Next, we'll add another text box.

In this text box, simply type in a 1 and we're going to use this text box for our page numbers. Go ahead and select the text and click the right-hand Justify tool. Then resize your text box and drag it down into the lower right-hand corner of the page. Then select the text box one more time, and we need to define this text as being a member of our footer. This will automatically apply the footer's style to this text.

Next, we'll create one more text box, and we'll add the text "Photos from the" and we'll type in all caps "CHAPTER TOUR." Next, we'll go ahead and resize the text box and drag it into place, making sure we fill the bottom of the page. And then we're going to define this text box as being a heading 1. Our layout is looking pretty good now.

We'll need to do a little more work on the image and we'll do that in the next movie.

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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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