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Creating a PDF of your book to email

From: Creating Photo Books with iPhoto

Video: Creating a PDF of your book to email

There's a couple of reasons to create a PDF File from your book. One is to make a back up. In this case, you've got a back up file that you could easily store elsewhere in case you lose a photo or accidentally modify a page, you can have a high-resolution, print-worthy file that you could fall back on. That same PDF can also be optimized and delivered via e-mail or any of the digital download services like Dropbox or YouSendIt to friends and family members and one of the best things is you could sync it to an iPad as an electronic book.

Creating a PDF of your book to email

There's a couple of reasons to create a PDF File from your book. One is to make a back up. In this case, you've got a back up file that you could easily store elsewhere in case you lose a photo or accidentally modify a page, you can have a high-resolution, print-worthy file that you could fall back on. That same PDF can also be optimized and delivered via e-mail or any of the digital download services like Dropbox or YouSendIt to friends and family members and one of the best things is you could sync it to an iPad as an electronic book.

Let's take a look at how to create the PDF File first. By Option-Clicking on the Buy Book button, a new dialogue will come up. You can now choose a Location, name the Book and click Save. Doing so will assemble the Book and build a PDF File. Now, you can use a tool like Adobe Acrobat or Preview from Apple to optimize the PDF. Now that the Export is done, I could Hide iPhoto and you'll notice that the PDF File was written where I told it to go.

Double-clicking in this case, open it up with Acrobat and I could use the Navigation Controls to step through. In this case, you're seeing the covers as well as the slip cover for the Book, there's both a cover that goes on the book and a paper wrap that goes around the hard cover. As I step through here, you'll see all of the pages that we previously designed. The white strip at the edge is where the book is going to actually have its margin. So there is a thin border where things get stitched, and that looks really good.

Now, the file here is a bit large. If I press Cmd+I, I see that it's about 68 Megabytes (Mb). If you want to optimize that, that's pretty easy. Inside of Acrobat, you could choose File>Save As>Reduced Size PDF. If you don't have access to Acrobat, there's lots of other utilities for doing this or you could even do it within Preview to a certain extent. Simply open the PDF File and choose File>Export.

Down here under the Quartz Filter category, you can go ahead and choose Reduce File Size. Let's go ahead and call that Croatia_Book_EMAIL and I'll Save that out. Looks like it is done, the original was 69 Megabytes (MB), the new one is 2.3. So, one of these would definitely be easier to email. Keep in mind, you still want to keep that larger file; that high quality big file is print resolution and it's a great back up for your book.

However, that smaller optimized one will be much easier to e-mail and send to the Web so take advantage of that command there, either inside of Adobe Acrobat or inside of Apple preview, to reduce the file size and optimize it for electronic delivery.

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Creating Photo Books with iPhoto

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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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