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Manipulating objects on a page

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Video: Manipulating objects on a page

Now, let's begin working on our callout by manipulating some of these objects. Let's first start with the rounded rectangle. Go ahead and grab that object and drag it into the middle area of your page. The first thing we need to do is resize this object so that it's approximately 200 pixels wide by 280 pixels tall. And there's a couple of ways we can do this. The easiest is to simply make sure that your object is selected by clicking on it and then use the handle in the lower right-hand corner to click and drag. And as soon as you do, at text window pops up to show you the size of your object.

Manipulating objects on a page

Now, let's begin working on our callout by manipulating some of these objects. Let's first start with the rounded rectangle. Go ahead and grab that object and drag it into the middle area of your page. The first thing we need to do is resize this object so that it's approximately 200 pixels wide by 280 pixels tall. And there's a couple of ways we can do this. The easiest is to simply make sure that your object is selected by clicking on it and then use the handle in the lower right-hand corner to click and drag. And as soon as you do, at text window pops up to show you the size of your object.

So we can click and drag this object until we get to our 200 pixels wide and then drag down until we get to 280 pixels high. Now it may take a little bit of maneuvering in order to get the file exactly right. If you can't get it exactly right, then the easiest thing to do is make sure that the image is still selected, then go to the Inspector, go over to the Metrics Inspector, and then you can go to the Size area and simply use the up and down arrows to dial in to the exact dimensions that you're looking for. You can then deselect the image by simply clicking off of it.

Let's go ahead and move the image down just a little bit so that we can then work with the rectangle. Now with the rectangle, what we want to do is drag that over until the left-hand edge aligns with the left edge of our rounded rectangle. And then we can use these center handles to drag the object into the correct size. Notice that it automatically snaps into the correct dimensions. We can then grab the top dimension and drag it down until we get our rectangle to be 200 pixels wide by 50 pixels high. Next, let's go ahead and work on the text box.

The text box needs to be 200 pixels wide--and I'll simply go over to the Metric Inspector and type that in: 200--and the height should be 320 pixels high. So, I'll type that in and hit Enter or Return on my keyboard and that creates the object to be at the exact size that we need. Now, for the condors picture, we're going to be going a couple of things here. The first thing is to go ahead and click on the image and then click and drag the lower right-hand corner and simply drag it down to a little bit smaller size.

We're going to fine-tune this later on once we get the rest of our callout built. We're also going to want to create a mask of our objects so we can get just the precise parts of this object the way that we want them. To create a mask, with the object selected, simply come up to your Formatting bar and click on this icon here. That's the Mask or Crop Selected Image. When you click on that, a small set of handles appears inside of your main image, and you can then adjust those handles so that you're getting just the area of the image that you want to have.

When you deselect, the rest of the outside of the image is cropped away. Again, we'll fine-tune this later after we get more of our image laid out. We're not going to worry about the three condors for right now, so let's go ahead and shrink that down a little bit by clicking on it and then simply dragging it down a little bit lower to give ourselves a little bit more room to work with. You can move multiple objects on the screen at one time if you click and drag across to select multiple objects and then you can drag those together as one unit.

The next part of manipulating our objects that we need to do is to get the correct stacking order of our objects, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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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
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      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
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      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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