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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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One option I like to do with a book is create a Slideshow. Generally speaking, I'll modify the book slightly, taking off things like the cover, particularly the slipcover, but this is an easy way to publish the photos and make them shareable with others. Sure, people love to get the finished book, but while they are waiting for it to arrive, make a movie that you send them and they can watch. This will get them excited. Think of it as a trailer for the book itself. Here's how it works.
In iPhoto, I would recommend that you Duplicate the current project and I'll Rename that Slideshow. This is because I can go through and remove some of the pages that aren't in play. For example, I'll come down here to the end and Delete away these blank pages. That looks good. I need to leave the covers and flaps, but we'll just go up right past those pretty quickly. With this all set, I will click on the Slideshow Button. Now, when you click, it immediately starts to play.
What you want to do is Mouse Over and click the Gear icon. This will bring up the options to Customize. I recommend you start with the Music. I'll turn on Music here, so it's worth watching and it's entertaining to folks. You'll find some Sample Music as well as Theme Music included. Now some of this music is copyrighted, but Apple insists that you have the rights to use these tracks that they've cleared them. Do keep in mind though, if you use some of this copyrighted music and you post to a site like Vimeo or YouTube, it's very likely that your movie will get flagged and taken down.
As such, I recommend you go with the Sample Music and you'll find some themes here that you could draw on. Let's have a quick listen. (music playing) Once I've chosen the track of music, either from the Theme Music category or the Sample Music, you will notice that you can access your iTunes library or any music you create in GarageBand 2, but realize that that needs to be purely for personal use.
If you post to the Internet, you could find yourself in trouble with fines, so I generally don't recommend using copyrighted music. Allright, I've got that selected and I'll now flip over to the Settings tab. This allows me to go ahead and choose an option like Fit slideshow to music, so it will quickly adjust the timing and everything fits. You can then choose what type of Transition you want although I generally favor the very simple Dissolve or Fade Through Black.
Additionally, you could choose to turn on Titles or Captions if necessary, but I think this is pretty good and I'll just Scale the photos to fit the screen. When I click Play, it will start from the beginning and I can get a good idea of what that slideshow is going to look like. In this case, it is automatically transitioning from one slide to the next and the music is playing giving the listeners something to look at as a preview. Think of it as a movie trailer for the book that's yet to come.
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