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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 that we've had a chance to work with creating some shapes, let's go ahead and use a shape to mask this photograph. In previous movies, we've seen how we can use tools such as the Alpha channel to get rid of a solid color background in order to allow text to flow around an object. However, in this case, what we'd like to do is we'd like to have the barrel so that the barrel itself is just sitting here in our text and the text flows around the edge of the barrel. But the photograph around the barrel is a little bit too difficult to use the Alpha tool.
The best way to accomplish what we want to do is to use a shape and then mask this photograph with a custom designed shape. Let's begin by going up to the Shapes menu and selecting the Pen tool. Next, we want to use the Pen tool to draw an outline as closely as we can to the edges of the barrel. I'll start by clicking my mouse down in the lower left-hand corner of the barrel to create an endpoint. I'll then move up here to the upper left-hand corner of the barrel, and I'll click and drag to create a rough curve that generally comes close to the edges of the barrel.
I'm not going to be worrying about getting this line exactly precise on my first attempt. I'll release my mouse then come over to the top edge of the barrel, click to add an endpoint then come down to the lower edge of the barrel, click to add an endpoint, and I'll go ahead and drag that one until my line gets a little bit curved, and then I'll come over and click on the starting point to close up my shape. Next I'll go ahead and increase the thickness of the line to about 5 points and change the color, so it's a little bit easier for you to see what I'm doing.
I'll then go back and click on my line one more time to reselect it. Then I'll go back and make some adjustments to my endpoints. I'll start with this upper left point. When I click on it, I can see that both handles are out pretty far. If I take this top handle and I drag it back in so that it's much closer down to my endpoint, it flattens out the out portion of my line. I can then use my other handle to drag around until I get an approximate shape for the left-hand edge of my barrel.
The top of my barrel is looking pretty good, but I need to adjust the bottom edge of the barrel. I'll start by working with this endpoint down here in the lower right. I'm going to leave the right-hand side of this alone, but I'm going to again grab the lower portion of this endpoint and drag it up until it gets close to my endpoint. Now as I'm doing that, you'll notice that the other edge kind of moves a little bit because it's difficult when you start getting in really close to control that. Not a problem, we'll simply come out to the longer handle on the right and adjust it until our curve matches the edge of the barrel.
Now we've got a pretty good outline of our barrel with our curve. And even though our curve has this bright orange stroke on it, that's not going to be a problem either. It just helps us in seeing it. To make the mask, I'm going to go ahead and deselect, and I'm going to click one time on my path to select it, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click one time on the photograph. Now we have the photograph and our path both selected. We then go up to the Format menu, go down to Image, and select Mask with Selected shape.
You can also use the keyboard command Command+Shift+M. When this happens, we can see that we get the proper masking of our photograph. We can then deselect by clicking away and drag our barrel down to the lower portion of our page. We now notice that there is one more slight problem, and that's that the barrel is cut off on a slight angle. So we might as well go ahead and rotate the barrel just a little bit so that it appears as if it's just simply sitting on the bottom of the page. We can do that with the image selected by going up to our Media Inspector and going over to the Metrics Inspector.
We can then adjust the rotation of the barrel just a couple of degrees, and now when we move the barrel down into position, we have the effect that we're looking for. So a great technique for using custom shapes inside of iBooks Author is to create custom masks with them. This is just one of the possibilities that you have with working with shapes in iBooks Author.
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