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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 iBook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging iBook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic iBook, 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 iBook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
We can add a lot of visual interest to our layouts by stacking objects together on our page. Let me show you what I mean. In the layout that we're working on creating our callout, we've got the image of the condors. If we click and drag that image, we can see that it is currently behind our two shapes that we created. However, if we click our rounded rectangle and try and move that up into place, we can see that that is sitting behind our regular rectangle. In order to bring that up in the layer stack, all we need to do is make sure that we have our rounded rectangle selected. Then we can go up to the Arrange menu.
From the Arrange menu, we can choose to bring an object forward one level, we can bring it all the way to the front, we can send it backward to one level, or we can send it all the way to the back. In this case, we want to bring our rounded rectangle forward, so we'll simply select Bring Forward and the rounded rectangle now sits on top of the regular rectangle. Let's go ahead and do the same thing with our text box. We'll go ahead and click our text box one time to select it, and then drag it over and get ready to drop it into place. But as you do, you notice that the text is being obscured by the objects.
This can be handled by making sure that our text box is still selected, going up to the Arrange menu, and this time we'll choose Bring to Front. That way it will force the text box all the way to the top of the layer stack, no matter it was initially inside of the layer stack. Now we can see that it's going to be in the correct place. We can go ahead and move it off to the side and we'll come back to moving it into its final location after we've gone ahead and changed the appearance of the rest of our objects.
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