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Discover how to use Apple iPhoto to create photo books—for gifts or to showcase your photography. In this course, author Rich Harrington describes how to organize your images, choose a theme for your book, and customize the layout of each page. The course also shows how to insert captions, enhance photos with one-click effects, and add special features, such as maps. The course concludes with details on ordering books and creating PDF versions to distribute electronically.
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One interesting thing to do with a map is add locations that you visited. In this particular case, there were five cities that I saw, so I want to add those to my map. If you had the GPS data, it might add them automatically. But remember, it only does it for the pictures that are close to the map. So you might need to manually insert some from your trip. To do so, I'm just going to click the plus (+) button here and start to enter them. It found one. There we go! And let's keep going. There's another.
And fortunately, the integration of maps makes this a lot easier. I love how it goes in and automatically attempts to fill it, making it easier to get the correct answers. There we go! There are all the cities that I visited on this trip, and we can do some things to make that pretty cool. With my point selected here, I can go ahead and bump up the size of those labels, making it a little bit easier to read.
Remember, you can use the shortcuts of Cmd+ Plus or Minus as well to dial in the amounts. There we go! Once you've added your cities, you can actually go in, and refine things a bit with some lines. By right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on one of the dots, you could choose to show lines. You'll also see styles here that you can use straight lines or curved lines moving between the cities.
You can also choose the option to return back to the starting place. Now, in this case, the order of the lines are being dictated based upon the dates that my pictures were shot; because my photos were tagged with both the date they were created and the geo-location that they were shot in, it knows that I started my trip in Ragusa and it moves its way through the different cities in the order that we did. If you don't want to see it return to the starting place, you could uncheck that, and you also again have the ability to decide that you don't need lines.
In this case, I find them a bit distracting, and instead, I'll just go with the simple dots indicating where we traveled. While you right-click, you'll notice other options that are helpful. I'm going to go ahead and choose to center the map as well, so it's properly aligned within the page. The map looks great, and it's ultimately up to you to decide how much style you want. You can add lines, you can use shading, you could change the colors on the map as well as the text. This is a great feature, and the more you use modern features like GPS data, the more intuitive the maps are.
But, you can absolutely go through and completely customize them with very little work.
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