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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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As you lay out pictures in your book, you may want to swap the layout. Now, you've already seen as quickly show this technique, but I want to explore just how flexible it is. When you're on a page, it's very easy to switch between these two pictures. I like both of these photos and I see benefits, but what's kind of happening is this is opening out to the outside edge of the book and it's kind of a dead space and this one is pulling me in. I think I want to switch the order of those two pictures and I think that's a better layout.
Now, as I'm making these adjustments here, I do want to point out that it's super easy to make a change. In this case the two blue skies are not matching, so I want to just boost the colors a bit. I'll double-click on that and I could edit the photo and I'll take advantage of just a quick Boost to really start to push the colors, and a little more Saturation. I think that looks good. We'll bring that up, and I like that. We'll explore all of these adjustments more, but the two blues are feeling a lot better.
Now on this next page, I really like this graffiti I discovered as I was walking around town, but I don't think that the pictures are exactly working. This one feels pretty good. This one is just a bit flattened. This one is looking a little soft. I'll go back to the Photo Library here and experiment and I think what I want to try is putting a sense of angle in here. That looks pretty good and I want to put a little more color down here. I like that. Let's work with the Layout Options. As we play with the different options here to adjust, I think this is looking pretty good.
We have got a nice sense of diagonal perspective here. I'm just going to blow that up just a little bit to get rid of some of that street. I like the feeling here of continuing the angles and this one feels good, but I want to really punch in on that action. But to experiment, I'm free to swap those around and I actually think that's a bit better. I like the strong hero image up here. It's very dramatic and I've got good diagonal lines giving me a sense of angle in this top photo and these two down here on the bottom, seem to have a nice sense of angle and perspective as well.
It's super easy though to swap them out, and as I experiment, I could just design. Notice the unplaced photos here continue to update, so as you're mixing in the images, things will change. So if you want to mix the angles up, try the different options. See which one works for you. The nice thing is, is that the Unplaced Photos will continue to update. So as you remove a picture, it will go back into the library here and what's in your design will update dynamically.
Remember, as you start to put the multiple pictures together, in this case we have lots of saturation in these two, you can always just double-click on a picture and Edit it. And, this allows you to go in and do things like pump up the Saturation or in this case, I'm going to crank up the Definition, which does a nice job of really punching those details and I think what we have there is a very cool display of urban artwork.
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