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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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Let's get to the fun part, starting to lay out our pages. The great thing about the templates is there are several options to choose from. So, don't think that what you see on the page is the only choice that you have. Every single page layout has lots of options and they're fun to use. I'm going to go ahead and flip over to the front cover, and using the pop-up menu here, I could choose from different layout options. You see that the cover updates. So, if I want a book title, I would choose one like this where there's a photo or I could just go with a pure image on the front.
These gray-ghosted images are just meant to be placeholders that you replace. I do want to keep a title in this case, and I think I'm going to favor a large photo on the front cover. So, now that I have that chosen, I can click the Photos button. I've decided that I want to use this picture on the cover. So dragging it in, it updates, and I like the feeling here. We have a nice long bridge, a bit of a journey, and I like that I'm climbing up the mountain to get to a destination.
This seems inviting to me like the road ahead. However, this little piece of junk on the right-hand edge needs to go away. Fortunately, I can click and drag within there to reposition, or I could use the Scale slider here to scale up if necessary. And that allows me to adjust the overall framing of the book. I think that looks pretty good, and let's go ahead and click here and start to customize. There we go! And the cover is done.
If I click over to the flap here, you'll see that we do have options as well. Sometimes there won't be the pop-up list, but over in the Options panel, you can change how that individual image is going to behave. So, you can decide to put information with a caption over the photo, or just text below, and then jump on over to the Photo Tab, and grab an image that you want to use. I'm just going to place one here. And back in the Options Tab, I'm going to turn off the caption.
Now, there's extra information, and later on, we'll go back and fill some of this text in. But, you notice, as you go from page to page that there is a pop-up menu that lets you choose. Within that individual page, you could select. So, if I have a picture selected, there are options in the Options Tab. If I click outside of that and just instead select the whole page, I could then choose from a wide variety of options. Notice that in this particular theme, I can get up to 16 photos on a page.
And in that case, there's really only two options. But, other ones here start to provide more choices and you could choose what works for you. I'm going to start with a nice single photo. But, in this case, I want something that's a bit more landscape-oriented. And we'll start there with the family photo. I will click on over to the Photos Tab here, and scroll down and just find a picture that's a good place to start.
Dragging that across, we get the update. Remember, after placing the photo, if you want to change the layout of that page, click to select the whole page, and you can use the pop-up menu to choose from a variety of styles. As you do that, you'll notice that the page updates to accommodate the images and it will do its best. Some options won't become available because we have that Auto Layout Option available. So, since this is a wider picture, choosing one of the styles that's taller won't crop the photo.
However, I can switch between these different styles that respect the aspect ratio of the photo, and I think I like this one here where there's room for a caption, but the image is placed. Remember, you can always click and drag to recompose the photo within the frame. If you need to, you can also change the background of the page itself, and you'll notice that there are many options. We'll explore these more in a moment, but realize that these quick presets are just that.
You can easily re-adjust the look and the flow of the page using the pop-up menus.
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