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iPhoto is the backbone of digital photo management for amateur photographers using Macs. In iPhoto '08 Essential Training, instructor Derrick Story teaches each aspect of iPhoto '08, including how to burn CDs and DVDs; set up an advanced editing environment; and retouch, rotate, crop, duplicate, and manipulate photographs. Derrick also shares many tips and tricks and demonstrates how to best organize large photo libraries with metadata, flags, keywords, ratings, and photo info. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
You can create a variety of hard cover and soft cover books in iPhoto '08. What I'm going to show you right now is what I consider to be the easiest and most efficient way to do that. I'm going to start by creating a new album. This album is going to store all the images that will be used in my book. It will also organize those images in this album. So I do a lot of the pre-work in the album where it's very easy to work and then I'll generate the book from the pictures in that album. We'll call this album Travel Book, and I can use any selected items here. Just going to open a blank album. Now I'm going to go to Events and I'm going to pick pictures from Key West, I'm holding down the Cmd key, I'm dragging them into Travel Book. Let's go to Guatemala. I want all of these, so I'm going to hold down the key Cmd+A, to select all of my Guatemala pictures. We'll pull those in the Travel Book also. And let's add some Costa Maya work too. I don't want three sunset shots. So I have flagged this one as my favorite. This is where rating can really help you out when you are working on projects like this. And then hold down the Cmd key and add a couple of other shots, drag those into Travel Book. Now I'm going to Click on Travel Book and I have the basic components for my book. I'm going to make these thumbnails a little bit smaller because basically what I'm going to do right now is build a storyboard for my book. I'm going to lay it out right here. The order of things and so forth. So we'll start with an opening shot and let's pick this. I'm just going to drag it and move it over, and we'll add some of these here. I'm just playing around. This is really a lot of fun, because this is where you really get to look at your stuff and go "Oh wow!" That's, yeah, I'll put that there. I'll put these pyramids here... And then we'll go travel to a different place. I'll move this one over here. Oops, this one should be up here with the pyramids. Now I'll put it here. And this is actually more of an opening shot to the sequence, so I'll drag that one there, and I'd kind of like to have this window right there, and then I will end with a sunset. So you can see that. You can think about your book and the flow of it and everything right here, working within the album, where it's very easy to drag things around.
Once I have the order the way that I want it, I make sure that Travel Book, my album, is selected, and then I just Click the book icon down here to create a new book. Now I have to pick the type of book that I want and the style. So we're going to go for a nice large hard cover book because I think, you know, it feels better and it looks nice on the coffee table and I have these different styles to choose from and sometimes it's fun just to play with a different styles just look and see you know what kind of books are generated from them.
Because you don't have to buy the book until you are ready. Right now we are just going to go with a straight forward picture book and then I'm going to click the Choose button. I get a nice little dialog box here that tells me how to do this. And once I have absorbed it I can tell it not to tell me again. I don't mind being reminded that I can drag photos from up here and drag them into my book, but that's not the way we are going to generate our book. It's a nice option to have, but there is even a better option. Since iPhoto remembers the order of the pictures that I laid out in my album, you can see right up here at the top they are in the same order what they were in our album. I can go down here to Autoflow. Click on that, and iPhoto will actually lay out my book for me.
Isn't this fabulous? Look at this. And I can give it, picks up the name of the album and I can just call it My Travel Book. Isn't that the standard name that iPhoto gives all that stuff when you e- mail photos and everything, everything is My Travel, okay, and then I can say "Photos by Derrick Story." Look at this, I have published a book, mom! Now the next picture is the inset picture and this is because this is a style that we picked, so I could say a little bit here, "My trip everywhere", and then I could add the description if I wanted. I'm Clicking on the right arrow key to go to the next page and here I can add, I can may be have a little bit of diary information, a little travel log information, maybe a nice anecdote, something like that, just to set up the book. Now I use the right arrow key on the keyboard, you can use these keys down here, I found it easier to just use the right arrow key, and then I just review the layout, the auto layout that iPhoto has given me. On this last page here, I only want one image, I want to end with the sunset; iPhoto has given me a two image layout. I just go over here to Layout. I just Click "One " and there I have made my arrangement.
Now another nice thing that you can do is actually Click the photo itself and you can make some adjustments to the photo, you can enlarge it, or decrease the size. You can move it around within the frame. I'm going to go back through my layouts here, see how I like things, here is one, where we have the large picture on the top and the two smaller pictures on the bottom. Let's Click on this page. Let's go to Layout, and I think I want a different kind of layout here. I think I want more of a two layout. So that I get this spanning all the way acrossed.
Now I have to go see what sorts of changes that's made to the rest of the book. We're ok, I sort of like this four layout here on this page. And then I like the strong image all by itself. Once I have made these adjustments and once I have the layout the way that I want, and I can move things around, I can move pictures around, by the way, all of the pictures have been used and I can tell by the check marks up here, then all I have to do is Click on "Buy Book".
Here is the nice reminder about the default text, it's really considerate of iPhoto, don't you think? It's looking out for me at all times, but we are okay right now. Okay, a nice little Low Quality warning, I must have a lower resolution shot in here, probably a low resolution shot that's on a full page and so this is a nice warning, go back if you get this warning. Go back and look at the big shots and make sure that you don't have some thing that's, you know, really meant to be more of a 4 x 6. Now you have to make sure that you're connected to the Internet for this part and that you are logged in and if you are not logged in all you have to do is Click on Account Info, and you can enter your password and make sure that iPhoto and Apple has all the information that they need to process your order, we're in good shape. Here I get to pick the color cover, which I have a choice of black or black, which is seems to be the only color that is available for hard bound books, but I can pick how many I want. And as I change that number, then of course the price is automatically updated for me, standard shipping, 10 dollars for these things 9.99, so you don't want to create like five different book orders if you are going to order the same book, multiple copies, do it all at once. And you can also set up your shipping, it will default ship to you, but you can also add other addresses.
By Clicking right here and Add New Address. And once you have everything ready, you just click the Buy Now button, and what iPhoto will do, it will process all the images. It will build your book. It will upload all that information and then it will process your order and ship you the book back. Chances are, if you have a lot of pictures in your book, this may take a little while. So you may want to go grab some lunch and then come back and check on your computer, sometimes on these big projects like this, I'll just send them off and then I'll go to bed and wake up in the morning and everything has been set up with Apple and I just wait for my books to come to me. One of the nice things is that after you buy your book, you can always go back and work on the project again, make changes and so forth, all you have to do is Click your Travel Book project. It opens right up. You can add pictures, take away pictures, change the layout and then order another book. It's a lot of fun, these things are beautiful and I tell you if you have a special occasion such as anniversary or wedding you can really make a big impression on folks by creating one of these hard bound books.
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