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Changing the page layout with presets

From: Creating Photo Books with iPhoto

Video: Changing the page layout with presets

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.

Changing the page layout with presets

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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Creating Photo Books with iPhoto

59 video lessons · 3430 viewers

Richard Harrington
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  1. 2m 50s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      42s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 9s
  2. 11m 20s
    1. Resolution requirements for putting photos in a book
      2m 28s
    2. Organizing images with an album
      2m 8s
    3. Organizing images with a Smart Album
      1m 59s
    4. Gathering images from Facebook
      1m 55s
    5. Photo streaming
      1m 14s
    6. The importance of ordering your photos
      1m 36s
  3. 14m 26s
    1. Creating a new book
      1m 16s
    2. Choosing a binding style
      2m 59s
    3. Choosing a size for your book
      2m 36s
    4. Choosing a theme for your book
      3m 43s
    5. Creating the initial layout
      2m 39s
    6. Changing a theme
      1m 13s
  4. 30m 49s
    1. Clearing placed photos
      1m 19s
    2. Taking control with options
      1m 18s
    3. Changing the page layout with presets
      4m 30s
    4. Changing page layout with the Layout pane
      2m 28s
    5. Changing the color of a page
      2m 14s
    6. Adding a background photo
      2m 55s
    7. Seeing placed and unplaced photos
      1m 32s
    8. Using Autoflow
      3m 41s
    9. Adding pages to a book
      1m 37s
    10. Adding a two-page spread
      4m 4s
    11. Swapping photos in a layout
      3m 16s
    12. Changing the order of pages
      1m 55s
  5. 12m 3s
    1. Advice when choosing pages
      1m 9s
    2. Formatting the cover
      2m 8s
    3. Modifying titles
      1m 54s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 14s
    5. Adding captions
      2m 36s
    6. Making global changes to fonts
      1m 2s
  6. 17m 21s
    1. Applying design options effects to images
      1m 5s
    2. Cropping a photo
      1m 23s
    3. Using the Enhance button
      2m 56s
    4. Straightening an image
      2m 1s
    5. Using one-click effects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing a dark photo
      4m 5s
    7. Editing a bright photo
      1m 28s
    8. Reverting a photo
      1m 37s
  7. 7m 38s
    1. Adding a map
      50s
    2. Customizing a map's location
      1m 51s
    3. Changing a map's style
      1m 52s
    4. Adding places
      3m 5s
  8. 11m 57s
    1. Adding a blank page
      1m 37s
    2. Double-checking your spelling
      1m 39s
    3. Resolving any default text issues
      1m 56s
    4. Printing a hard copy to proof
      2m 34s
    5. Watching a slideshow
      3m 19s
    6. Duplicating or renaming a book project
      52s
  9. 7m 21s
    1. Before you can order...
      50s
    2. Choosing the print products store
      1m 38s
    3. Building your order
      4m 12s
    4. Checking the status of your order
      41s
  10. 11m 6s
    1. Creating a PDF of your book to email
      3m 8s
    2. Why create a slideshow?
      3m 31s
    3. Syncing to an iPad
      4m 27s
  11. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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