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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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Once you've zeroed in on a theme that you think you want to use, it's time to create the book. Don't worry. If you don't like your decision, you can always undo it or modify it. But this is a great time to see what the book is going to look like. I'll click the Create button and iPhoto prompts me that I need to make a decision. I can either create a book that doesn't have any of the photos added, or I can go ahead and auto-fill the book and let it fill the information in and add more pages.
Let's try Autofill to start. When I click OK, all the pages are filled in, and iPhoto has done its best to guess on how I might want these pages laid out. It did a pretty good job. I might make some changes here. But let's click through and start to look. By clicking on a book page, I can now step through the book and survey how the layout looks. And it's really pretty amazing at how good this looks to start.
There are a lot of cool things here. I definitely see things I would change, but it's interesting how all the pages have been laid out and iPhoto made its best guess when choosing the theme. You can make adjustments within, but certain elements like this leaf are stuck there. I can't get rid of it, but I can change the option for the layout of the page. So, if I decide that I don't like that, I can go ahead, and switch to a different layout, and that page will adjust.
Taking the time to explore the initial layout gives you a good idea of what that theme is really going to be like. And remember, if you decide you don't like a particular look, you can easily change it. I've got the ability to switch layout options and I don't have to live with the first choice. Taking the time to step through will really help you decide if this is the right theme for you. Now this particular book is clocking in at 82 pages, which is huge.
Chances are if using this theme, I would put more photos on the individual page because if I go to buy this book, I could just get an idea of how much I'm going to be on the hook for. A $97.00 book, it's a pretty expensive book. It's going to look beautiful. It's got lots of pictures in it, but I'm not so sure if this theme is the right one for me. I think since I have a lot of photos I want to share, I'm going to change the theme to one that accommodates more pictures on the individual page.
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