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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Well, now that we've created a book I want to show you some options that you have for outputting. You saw the Apple option, which is a terrific one, and let's walk through that first. So the book is created. We have our book project right here. I've called it Across the World. Isn't that lovely? So I'm going to click on Buy Book, and we get all the information here.
You can buy one, two, however many copies you want. I recommend that first time through you buy one copy and then take a look at it. That's the nice thing about print on demand, which is what this is, is that you can just print one book at a time. Live with it a little bit. You have the project in iPhoto. It will always be there, provided that you always have all of your iPhoto data. Then you can go back and refine the book and then print another copy. Then once you know you have it exactly the way that you want, then you can do multiple copies, 3, 4, 5, 6, however many you want to do.
So it all comes up here and you get a recap and then all you need to do is check out. It'll walk you through the process. It will take a couple of minutes, because iPhoto has to build the book based on what you've done in the project. Then it has to upload the book to the server. So depending on your network connection and the speed of your computer that could take a few minutes. So that's one way to go. Another way to go is that you can print the book yourself.
So while we are in this view right here, we would go up to File > Print. Then you wait for the Print dialog box to come up. You have all the normal sort of print commands. Now the one thing you want to do is make sure that you're printing on the same size paper that you've created your book project. For example, this is an 8.5x11 book that we've created, the large version. So then you want to make sure that you print it on 8.5x11 paper. You can do test things. So you can print from one to one or two to two and actually print it out on paper you want.
Then if you have a binder or someway to bind it, you can do that and literally create your own books. Now another option that you have is to save it to PDF. Then you can share that electronically. You can send that to people or have them download it, or you can take it somewhere else to be output. And that just happens right down here. You just do Save as PDF. Give it a name.
We'll save it to the desktop. Save. Now it will take a few minutes, because it has to process all of this information. I mean you have photo information, you have layout information, and you have all that stuff. So allow the few minutes to do its processing. Then once it's finished, I'm going to open it up in Preview so you can see how it looks.
We're finished now. So I'm going to go ahead and minimize this. Here it is on our desktop and I'm going to double-click and it opens up in Preview. Now since it's a book I recommend that you do two pages continuous. That will give you a nice feel for your layout here, pretty slick. So this an electronic version of your book that you can share and of course even in Preview you have all sorts of different ways to look at this. So pretty nice.
So these are the output options that you have for your book in iPhoto. Printing it with Apple is absolutely great way to go. But in addition to that you may want to try some of these other things too.
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