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Modifying existing layouts

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Video: Modifying existing layouts

Let's modify an existing layout to our Explore California Travel Guide. In chapter 2 for Backpack California, we've already created a variety of different sections, and it would be nice if there was a custom layout specifically for these sections. To do this, simply go up to the top of the side bar and pull down the little handle to reveal the layouts. Scroll down until you find the layouts for each section, and select the Section Layout. This is the layout that's currently applied to those default sections.

Modifying existing layouts

Let's modify an existing layout to our Explore California Travel Guide. In chapter 2 for Backpack California, we've already created a variety of different sections, and it would be nice if there was a custom layout specifically for these sections. To do this, simply go up to the top of the side bar and pull down the little handle to reveal the layouts. Scroll down until you find the layouts for each section, and select the Section Layout. This is the layout that's currently applied to those default sections.

The first thing we want to do is we want to duplicate this section so we have a custom layout just for this chapter. So right-click or you can Ctrl+Click on this layout and then select Duplicate from the dropdown menu. A new copy of this layout is created for us, and we can customize its name by double-clicking on Copy and simply typing in "Backpack." Then with that layout selected, we can begin making customizations over in the right-hand side.

The first thing we want to do is we want to get rid of the auto-updated text that lists out the Section number. So simply click on Section 1 and press the Delete key on your keyboard. The next element that we want to get rid of is this horizontal rule. Go ahead and click on the horizontal rule, but notice that the two ends of the line have an X on them. This indicates that this is a locked element on the template. To get rid of this element, all we need to do is go up to the Arrange menu at the top and select Unlock.

As soon as we select Unlock, the Xs are now replaced with boxes, indicating this is an editable element. Now we can simply press the Delete key on our keyboard to get rid of that element. The next thing we want to do is customize the text for the section title. But before we do that, let's go ahead and open up our Styles sidebar so we can see the styles that are being applied. Double-click on the section title and then we'll change the font. Click the dropdown menu and select Palatino, then change the font to Regular, and change the Size to 48.

Let's add two more elements to this text. If we go up to the Inspector, we can make sure that we're on the Graphics tab and then check the box for Shadow to apply a drop shadow to our text, and then click on the Text tab and select the color chip and select the same yellow color that we chose in an earlier movie. We can then go ahead and close our Colors window. You'll notice that as we've made these changes to our text, that in the style sidebar next to our Section Designation, the dropdown arrow has changed from the normal color to red, indicating that there is a style that is outside of the normally defined styles for this particular document.

Go ahead and click on that dropdown menu and now we can choose whether or not we want to create a brand new paragraph style from the selection or if we want to redefine the style for all elements within our template as we have it laid out here. Let's go ahead and choose the Create Paragraph Style from Section. A dropdown sheet should appear, allowing us to redefine a title for our new style. Instead of being called Section Title 4, I'm going to change mine to Section Title Backpack. I'm going to leave the check box for Apply the new style on creation and click OK.

Our new style then appears in our Styles sidebar. Let's go ahead and deselect the Section text, then click on it one time to select the text box, and drag it up until it's centered within our header. Let's go ahead and apply this new layout to our existing pages. If we scroll down in our sidebar and select one of our sections, we can click the small dropdown menu next to it and now choose our new custom layout: Section Backpack. That new layout is instantly applied to that page, but you'll notice the additional pages have not had that layout applied to it.

We can go ahead and apply that layout to each of the different sections one by one. Next, we want to make a couple of more changes to our Section Backpack layout. So click on the Section Backpack layout in the top of the sidebar to reactivate the layout. Next, we're going to go up and open up our Media browser and then our chapter 02 images, we should have a file called header. Grab that header file and drag it and drop it into our placeholder image at the top of the page.

That image is now applied to our layout, and you'll notice that in our Layouts sidebar, we now have a red button that says Apply Changes. By clicking on this button, that change is instantly applied to all of the pages within our document that are using this layout. Let's make one more change, and we'll add in the Backpack CAL logo directly onto the layout, dragging the logo down to the lower left-hand corner of the page, and then sizing it so that it appears at an appropriate size for our page.

We can once again apply the changes and now when we look at all of our individual pages, they have all of the layout modifications that we've made so far.

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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
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    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
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    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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