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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 of the most popular layout options that you can add to a book is a two-page spread. If you've shot a panoramic photo or a really wide image that can be cropped, this works great! You will need a very high-resolution photo though to pull this off, so something you shoot on your phone might not cut it. This is really more for DSLR or advanced point-and-shoot high megapixel count image. All right, I've got the Layout Options chosen here and what I want you to see is that we can actually choose a Spread layout. So, while there's one photo options that are single pages, the Spread is designed to go across both pages.
This allows you to choose if you want to add Text or not below an image and you see that there are some options that give you that text. In this case, two wide photos; one on the top and one on the bottom, or a single wide photo that spreads across a page and a half with a skinny picture next to it or the full double-page Spread. Without the Include Textbox selected, you'll see that you have those similar options there to choose from and that's just going to give you more choices as you design.
Now, I'm not sure exactly which one's right, so I'm going to start here with the two image spread and go over to my Photos collection and look for one of my favorite panoramic photos. What I'm trying to do is create a sense of perspective and let you see the size of this area. Let's try this one. That's nice, it gives you a sense of the perspective of this area and how big this market was or we have this one here that's a little bit more of an urban environment and that gives you a sense of the town square.
I like that and let's come on over here and put some other related pictures in with it. That's a nice spread. We've got the marketplace and the family exploring it. I'm going to go ahead and actually jump later in the book and do one more two page spread, because I liked these so much and let us just come down here to Layout and choose Spread. We'll do a multi-image run and jump over to Photos and let's put some pictures in as he explores.
And then we'll drop in the area that he was looking at. Now, as I see that there, I've got photos of my son exploring the ruins and a shot of the ruins itself. And I think that's a great use of the multipage layout. Remember, you can always adjust the Size and the Position within the frame to get a better layout if there's something you're trying to avoid. In this case, I have a distracting shadow. I could either blow that image up or take advantage of the fact that iPhoto does offer editing tools.
By double-clicking on the picture here, I could Edit the Photo and this is an example where using the Retouch Brush here, I could go ahead and paint over and let that adjust and go back to the book here and it looks like it took that shadow out nicely. So there you see, we have the ability to use the Spread. Now, as I'm starting to work here with some of these bigger images, you'll notice that it's getting a bit hard to see the page layout. Now, that I'm in the book, I really don't need to see my library anymore, and in fact; I'm not even using the menus up top, all the essential commands are right over here.
So I could take advantage of a Full Screen App. This is a newer feature in the Mac OS, so if you're using an older version of iPhoto, you might not have it, but choosing it will make it easy for you to have more room as you design and see a larger canvas as you work. So, now as we go through and we start to build, it becomes much easier. Let's put this a little bit later in the mix and take a quick look at it and I really like that layout. I'm just going to adjust that there for the fold and I think that looks pretty good.
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