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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 start to layout pages, you can speed up the process. For example, on this page here, I have two photos. If I want to add another picture, I could take the time to select from the Layout template and choose another option, or I could just take the fast track. Grab the picture, drag it on over and it adds to the page. This makes it easy to quickly change what things look like. Now, if I decide I want to put this picture up here, you'll notice things swap.
In this case, I'll just put the cuter photo up top, and adjust it, but I want to switch the order here. She is looking to the left, and right now she's staring into an empty space, but by swapping the order of these two pictures, we have better composition. Her eye line is looking right at you and a bit down, which naturally takes you to this photo. And this eye line is looking over here, which makes a nice circle and then actually she is looking back up.
This sort of visual flow is not something you're always going to have, but I wanted you to see how easy it was to quickly adjust where things go. By just dragging and rearranging your photos, you can add more pictures to the page or swap their order and you'll page see that things automatically lay out. Additionally, there is the Autoflow option, which I want to talk about for just a moment. As you're working and you start to go, if you decide that you just want to take all the pictures that are remaining, you can click the Autoflow Button and this will add lots of pictures to the book and as many pages that are needed.
However, when you do this, it's going to put them into the end and add more pages. This is a very fast way to finish out your book; however; I don't think it gives you the level of control that you want. So, when you're getting into the home v and you just need to finish things out, take advantage of Autoflow. Otherwise, just go as you work. So as we're designing here and we start to put in content, I could drop in pictures, and as I'm putting those in and I decide that you know what, let's get some more in there, using the option of dragging over another picture, we will adjust the layout.
Just be careful where you drop. If you drop with the picture selected, it's going to put it in that well. If you click to deselect and you drop, what you'll notice as you drag, is that you could force it to update the Layout automatically. This is a quick way to switch the total numbers on the page, and then of course, using the Auto Layout Options, you can absolutely decide what makes sense. I want to go ahead and quickly frame these up and I like this little series with these musicians.
But, what I want to do is go from the three shot, to the two shot, to the solo shot. And that feels like a nice progression and that page works. Remember, as you start to layout the pages, they will Auto Configure. So putting in additional photos will quickly give you what you want. As I experiment here, notice how things quickly change and I could go ahead and swap layout and get those options.
Now, in this case, we just need to make a few tweaks, but I think that's a nice over-all option and notice that the automatic flowing as you go from layout to layout, dragging picture to picture, helps you quickly configure the book.
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