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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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When you create a new book, you have the option of auto-flowing the pictures. Now, I use this option because I find it useful to quickly populate the theme, and really get a good look at what all the different layout options are going to be. I find this useful because it helps me decide; can I afford this book? Do I like this book? However, rarely, is a computer going to be as good as you. Letting the computer auto-flow your pictures will often crop them irregularly and doesn't necessarily choose the best layout.
Once I've done this initial layout here, I'm going to click on over to the Photos Tab, and I will clear all of the placed photos. This is going to remove all the pictures from the book, and give me an empty book that I could start with. This takes me back to the front cover in the flap, and invites me to start over from the very beginning. The current book will have the 20 pages that are the default, and as you start to design, you could add additional pages as needed.
Now that you have an empty canvas, it's time to start doing layout. You'll notice that you have lots of pictures to choose from, and this is really where the fun begins. Now, I'm not going to make you sit through as I lay out this entire book, but I do want to walk you through the major steps, and we will build several pages together.
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