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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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You can call me Old School, but I like having a red pen. I'm used to going through and taking the time to proof my work, and to do that, I'll print out a hard copy. You see, when I look at something on the computer screen, chances are, I miss my own mistakes, that's because, if I made the mistake typing on a computer, I'm more likely to miss the mistake typing on a computer. Printing out the book and taking a fresh look at it maybe over a cup of coffee, or giving it to a spouse or a friend to take a glance at, will help you spot potential problems.
Now, it's easy for you to print your own book. Realize that this isn't going to be the same quality as getting it professionally printed, but you can go ahead and output it to your inkjet printer to have a quick look. To do that, just go in and take a look at the book itself. Click the All Pages View and then choose File>Print or press Cmd+P. This will bring up the standard Mac Printing Dialogue Box. Now, you could choose the arrangement. Typically, you're going to want to go with this Orientation.
There are other options here such as Layout and you could use that to put multiple pages on a single sheet if you want to shrink it down. That will make smaller versions and save you a bit of printing, but you may have to squint a bit to see what you're doing. Additionally, you'll find other options in here about the print Quality and the ability to check some of the Settings for your printer. When you are ready to print, it's super straightforward. Decide if you want to print the whole book or just from one page to a particular ending page for those details.
That works great and when you're ready just click Print to fire away. I've already printed my pages out. It's a piece of cake. I can go through, take a look at my pages and just proof them. Using my pen, a cup of coffee and a fresh set of eyes, I'll go through and just look for any mistakes. Maybe it's bad cropping, maybe it's a spelling error that somehow the automated change has missed, because remember, sometimes a word could be spelled correctly and still not be the correct word. Take the time to go through, paying particular attention to your text and looking for any bad layout decisions that you might have made because you were rushing or just didn't have a chance to look at all the pages at one time.
Spread them out on the kitchen table and just take a look and make sure that you're happy with it before you order the book and spend $30.00 to $50.00 on something that you have a few regrets about.
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