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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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Another way to review your book is to sit back and watch a slideshow. This will take each page full screen and as a nice leisurely way to review your book. To do so, just go ahead and click the Play Button in the lower corner. This will automatically start the Slideshow. Now, it will go through and automatically advance from one image to the next. If you'd like greater control, you can go ahead and Pause that and then click the Gear icon here to control things.
Right now, it's set to go for 3 seconds a Slide. I can go ahead and increase that to whatever duration I want or if I actually wanted to, I can have this go ahead and Fit the Music Track. Now, you might be wondering why use music? This is solely for making Slideshows that would play back at an event, and maybe you want to watch your images with some music. In doing so, you can get in there and customize it, but for the most part I am just going to watch this and Set each Slide to go for 5 seconds.
That's enough time for me to look at it and get a good idea. If I want to though, I can always manually Pause it. You've got the ability for Transitions, and I'm just going to use a nice simple Dissolve between. That looks good and I think I've got everything in there that I need. When ready, I can go ahead and flip over to the Music Tab. Now, there is music tracks for the individual Theme, you'll also find others in the Sample Music Folder and those tracks can be used if you wanted to post this as a movie or play it back in public.
In this case though, I'm just going to uncheck the Music Option, because I really just want to watch things and I don't need to hear the music. Let's go ahead and click Play and you see it goes back. It starts at the beginning, I can use the Left- and Right-Arrow Key to step through my presentation or we could Pause that and click through as well very quickly. You see that this makes it easy for you to control the Slideshow and its Playback. When you want to watch it, just press the Play Button or use the Spacebar. This is a good way to review your Slideshow and have an idea of what's happening within the book.
When you're satisfied with the Slideshow, and you've had a chance to look at your images, just press the Escape Key (Esc) to exit. If you want to actually Export a Slideshow to post or share with other people, maybe as a movie on YouTube or email to someone to put on their iPad, you could choose File>Export and you see that you have the ability to Export the Slideshow and target a different device. The Large format will work well for most computers and the Apple TV and the iPad.
If you'd like, you can also Export individual still images and Save these out, so that every single page becomes a JPEG File that you could e-mail. This looks great and these are just extra ways of getting it off of your computer and sharing it with others.
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