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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.
In the last movie, we created some basic shapes. Now let's look at editing these shapes. To do that, simply click one time on a basic shape that you've created and then go up to the Format menu and come down to the Shape menu and select Make Editable. When you make a shape editable, you'll notice that the corner points of the shape have changed from the White Control Handles to Solid Red Control Handles. If you click one of these red control handles, and you drag it to a new location, the other control handles all remain constant, while the one that you move causes the shape to distort.
You can then grab the Control Handle again and move it to a new location. Each of the different control points can be moved independently of each other. If you deselect by clicking away from the shape and then click on the shape again, you return back to the selection where you can simply change the size of the shape. If you want to continue editing, all you need to do is click one time on the shape to select it and then click a second time on one of the lines of the shape in order to get back to the editing mode. Now you can continue editing the shape.
To add even more interest to your shape, if you double-click on one of the red endpoints, you can convert between a Straight endpoint and a Curved endpoint. When you create a Curved endpoint, you'll see these two small additional curve handles that come out on either side. If you grab those and drag them in either direction, you can change the angle at which the curve is coming in and out of that point. If you select a shape that has a curve already and go up to the Format menu, come down to the Shape menu, and choose Make Editable, you'll notice that on a Curved shape you have additional points.
Now we can control how each of the in points and out points of the curve are adjusted. You also get the handles on these to be able to adjust those as well. On a complex shape such as our star, when we choose Format > Shape > Make Editable, you'll notice that we get lots of control points. So we can change a lot of the different parameters about this particular shape, each of them independent of the others. I'm going to go ahead and create another Rectangle shape so we just have a plain, basic rectangle here.
And go up to the Format menu, choose Shape, and make it editable. Then another option that we have is to smooth out the shape entirely. If I go back up to the Format menu with my shape still selected, go down to the Shape menu, I have two additional options, one called Smooth Path and one called Sharpen Path. Let's go ahead and choose the Smooth Path. When you do that, then each of the control points around your shape are all converted into smooth points, so each of them now all have handles on them so the shape can be adjusted.
If you have a Smooth shape, you can go up to the Format menu, go down to Shape and choose Sharpen Path, and that will convert all of the Curved endpoints back into Straight endpoints that do not have the additional control handles on them. When you're working with shapes, you're only limited by your own creativity as to what you can do with the basic shapes that you'd have to start with. Next, we'll look at drawing a shape from scratch.
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