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Drawing shapes


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Drawing shapes

Aside from the pre-defined basic shapes that we have available to us in iBooks Author, we can also create our own shapes by going up to the Shape menu, coming down and choosing the Pen tool down at the bottom. Now don't be intimidated by the Pen tool, it's actually pretty easy to use. To create a shape, all you need to do is click the mouse one time to create a point, move the mouse to a new location, and click the mouse again. You've now created a simple line. If you want to create a curved line, move the mouse to a new location, click and hold the mouse and then start to drag, and as you drag you'll create a curved point.
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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

Drawing shapes

Aside from the pre-defined basic shapes that we have available to us in iBooks Author, we can also create our own shapes by going up to the Shape menu, coming down and choosing the Pen tool down at the bottom. Now don't be intimidated by the Pen tool, it's actually pretty easy to use. To create a shape, all you need to do is click the mouse one time to create a point, move the mouse to a new location, and click the mouse again. You've now created a simple line. If you want to create a curved line, move the mouse to a new location, click and hold the mouse and then start to drag, and as you drag you'll create a curved point.

You'll use these handles to adjust the curve to get the correct shape that you're looking for. When you're happy with the shape, simply let go with the mouse. You can move the mouse to a new location. Again, click, hold, and drag, and you're able to create another curved point. If you want to create an open shape, all you need to do is press the Escape key on your keyboard to change away from the Pen tool, and you have your new line. Let's go ahead and create another line. We'll go up to the Shapes menu, we'll come back to the Pen tool, and this time we'll click and drag out handles to start with, then we'll come to a new location, click and continue dragging, and now we have a curve going both out of the first point and into the second point.

We'll release our mouse, move your Pen tool to a new location, click and drag. We'll come down a little bit further, click and drag, come back up to this side, click and drag. And then to create a closed shape, all we need to do is to click on the starting point. That'll create a completely closed shape. Now we can create both open shapes and closed shapes using our Pen tool. How about editing? If we come back, and we select one time on our line--and I'm going to go ahead and change my thickness of my line up to about 5 points, and I'm going to change the color so it's a little bit easier for us to see, to a nice orange color here.

Now, if we come back with the lines selected, and we click one time on it, we automatically get our editing points. We don't need to go up to the Format menu and make the line editable like we did with a pre-defined shape. With a hand-drawn shape, all we need to do is click on the line after the shape is selected. We can then click on any of the edit points and move them to a new location or use the handles to adjust the curves of the shape. If you want to add an additional point, all you need to do is move your mouse somewhere onto the line, hold down the Option key on your keyboard and your mouse cursor will change to the Pen tool with a small plus.

Click the mouse, and you'll add a new point onto your line. You can then drag that new point to a new location and adjust the handles. If you want to convert that point from a curved point to an endpoint, all you need to do is double-click the point, and it will automatically convert the curved point to an endpoint. If you want to get rid of a particular point, all you need to do is have it selected and then hit the Delete key on your keyboard and the point will go away and your line will automatically readjust to the two points that are on either side of the point that you just deleted.

These are some of the basics of working with the Pen tool. In the next movie, we'll create a little bit more complex shape and use that shape to mask an area of a photograph to make a really nice effect inside of our Explore California Travel Guide.

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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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