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Creating custom styles


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Video: Creating custom styles

Now that our text is coming along in our sidebar, let's go ahead and create some custom styles to really see some of the power behind the iBooks Author. In order to work with our styles, we want to make sure that we have our Styles sidebar out. So if you don't have it, go ahead and click on the button here in your toolbar and make sure that it brings out to the side. Next, we'll go ahead and create a custom style for our first paragraph of text here. This is going to be our sidebar description. So I'll click one time on the Sidebar and then click one time to have my cursor appear inside of the first paragraph of text.
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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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iBooks Author Essential Training
6h 3m Appropriate for all Jul 03, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2013

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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
Subjects:
Elearning Design Digital Publishing Ebooks Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education
Software:
iBooks Author
Author:
Chris Mattia

Creating custom styles

Now that our text is coming along in our sidebar, let's go ahead and create some custom styles to really see some of the power behind the iBooks Author. In order to work with our styles, we want to make sure that we have our Styles sidebar out. So if you don't have it, go ahead and click on the button here in your toolbar and make sure that it brings out to the side. Next, we'll go ahead and create a custom style for our first paragraph of text here. This is going to be our sidebar description. So I'll click one time on the Sidebar and then click one time to have my cursor appear inside of the first paragraph of text.

I don't have to have the entire paragraph of text; I just need to have my cursor somewhere inside of that paragraph. Then if we look over in our Paragraphs Styles sidebar, we can click the dropdown menu next to Objectives 2. The default styling for this text is automatically selected. It's got a red dropdown menu, indicating that there is a style mismatch. If we click that dropdown menu, we can then choose to create a new paragraph style from the selection. We'll go ahead and choose that option, and for the Paragraph Style, we'll call it our Sidebar Description.

We'll then click the OK button to create a brand-new paragraph style. To see how we would use this paragraph style, we can simply click into the next section, click your mouse on the text box, and then click one time to drop your cursor somewhere inside of the first paragraph. Then simply scroll down in your Paragraph Styles until you find your Sidebar Description and click one time on it. The Sidebar Description style is automatically applied. Let's go back to Section 1 and let's create a style for our list.

Now with our List Style, there's two types of styles that are being applied here. One is the style that's being applied just to the list itself, and the second is a paragraph style describing all of these paragraphs together as a grouping. Let me show you what I mean. Go ahead and click and drag a selection to select your entire list. You'll notice then over on your selection sidebar, there is two red arrows: one for the List Style which is Bullet, and the other for the Paragraph Style which is Objective 2.

Let's begin down at the bottom with the List Style. Click the red arrow and select Create List Style from Selection. When we do that, we'll get a sheet that we'll pull down, and we're going to call this our Sidebar Bullet List. We'll go ahead and click OK and a new Sidebar Bullet List is created. Notice that there is our custom star icon that's already been applied. But when we look up at the top for our Paragraph Styles, we can see that Objective 2 still has its red arrow.

So we'll go ahead and click the dropdown menu for the red arrow and create a new paragraph style from that selection as well. Now we're going to call this one our Sidebar List Paragraph. We'll go ahead and click OK and that new paragraph style has been created. Now, how do these two work in concert with each other? Well, let's say we've got the paragraphs aligned here, but we would like to tighten up the spacing that shows up in between the paragraphs. With all of those paragraphs selected, we can come up to our Formatting menu and under this option, instead of having our Line Spacing set at 1.1, let's go ahead and set it down to 0.8. That tightens up the line spacing, and if we notice in our sidebar over here that our Sidebar List Paragraphs has the red arrow indicating that we've changed the paragraph style, but we've not changed our Sidebar Bullet List.

So we'll go ahead and click the dropdown menu here and Redefine Style from Selection, and now our selection has that new line spacing applied to it. Let's go ahead and apply that line spacing to the next section. We'll go ahead and click in the next section, we'll click once on the text box to select it, then we'll click our mouse inside and then click and drag a selection over top of all the text. We can then simply come up to the top, scroll down to our Paragraph Style, and select Sidebar List Paragraph. We'll click one time on that and we'll apply both styles at one time.

Here, we've applied the paragraph style which has things like the line spacing between the paragraphs, and because that paragraph style had the list style applied within it, we're also getting our Sidebar Bullet List parameters as well. Let's go back to Section 1 and let's deal with our bottom sidebar details. Go ahead and click inside the text box, then click once in front, and then click and drag to select all of the details. We'll notice that once again, we have a mismatch of our styles.

So we'll click the red dropdown menu for Objective 2, and we're going to create a new paragraph style, and we're going to call this our Sidebar Details, and click OK. Now with our Sidebar Details style created, we can go ahead and select all of that text and apply a change that will affect our style. So we can come up here to the top and change the Line Spacing from say down from 1.1 down to 0.6. That will tighten up the line spacing in between those items.

Now, it would be even better if we had some differentiation between our labels and the text description for those labels in our Details section. So to do this, we use a character style. So select the first label, which is Tour Difficulty:-- and don't forget to include the colon. And then we'll go up to the top and we'll simply change the color of that text. We'll click on the color swatch, we'll click on the color changer, and then we'll select maybe this nice red color. With that whole line still selected, you'll notice that we have a character style mismatch.

We can click the dropdown menu here and create a new character style from this selection. A character style allows us to control text within another style. So now we'll set the name of this character style to Sidebar Details Label, and we'll go ahead and click OK. Now we can apply that character style to the other labels within our Sidebar Details section. So we'll go ahead and select the next one, scroll down, apply the Sidebar Label Details, and repeat that for the other detail labels.

Now let's go ahead and apply these styles to Section 2. We'll go ahead and click on Section 2 and then we'll click one time in our text box, then click a second time to drop our cursor at the end of the text, and then click and drag to select the entire Details section. We'll then come up to the Paragraph Styles, scroll down until we find our Sidebar Details, click once on that to apply that style. Now it looks like our line spacing didn't apply, so we'll need to make sure that our line spacing is set correctly. So we'll click the dropdown menu here, we'll change it back to 0.6, and now with our Sidebar detail mismatch, we'll click the dropdown and Redefine from Selection.

That will make sure that our first paragraph is still set correctly. Now we'll go ahead and apply the character style to each of our labels. So we'll click inside of the text box and then select our first label and then go ahead and apply our Sidebar labels. Now here's where the power of using these character styles really comes into play. If all of a sudden we decide that we don't like the red color on all of these labels, we don't need to go back and reapply a color change independently to every single one of these labels.

We can simply click inside any one of the labels, then we can go up to our color picker and change the color to maybe this darker gray color. We'll see that we have a character style mismatch. We can click the dropdown menu and choose the Redefine Style from Selection. And now instantly, all of our labels on both of our pages are now redefined to use that new color and that new style. Now after we've applied all of these different styles, our text is looking pretty good, but if we compare the Channel Islands Excursion text with our Big Sur Retreat text, you'll notice that there is a difference here. In the Big Sur Retreat text, remember we added an offset for our text box and applied it so that doesn't show up right against the edge of the text? But when we go on to the Channel Islands Excursion, that offset didn't get applied.

That's because the offset is applied to the entire text box, not to an individual paragraph style, character style, or list style. So in order to address that, let's go back to the Big Sur Section 1, click one time on our text box, and bring up the Inspector. We'll then change our Inset Margin from 5 points back down to 0. We'll then click to deselect the text box. We'll then go back up to the top and pull down our layouts and go into the Section Back Pack Layout. We'll then click once on the text box, and now we'll set our Inset Margin.

Let's go ahead and set our Inset Margin back up to 5 points. That will bring the text just off of the edges of the box all the way around. We can then apply the changes and then go down and look and see how it looks. We'll go ahead and move our sidebar back up and our Big Sur text box has the Inset Margin applied, and so does our Channel Island sidebar. Go ahead and apply all of these styles to the rest of the sections inside of this chapter. By using character styles, list styles, and paragraph styles to control the formatting of your documents inside of iBooks Author, you'll save yourself a lot of time when you have to format an entire book and make everything look seamless and work together.

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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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