Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Arranging photos in a book, part of Creating Cards, Calendars, and Books with Photos for OS X.
- Now that we've got the book laid out a bit, let's refine the layout on the pages. You can change the layout options to adjust the crop, as well as adjust the image inside the existing crop. To start, I'll double-click on the cover, and take a look at this. Note, if you click on the image and drag, you could reposition. In this case, I think I actually like offsetting that just a bit so it's not so perfectly centered. And, using the Zoom and Crop slider, I'm just going to push past that small little mark on the bottom corner, so it's less distracting.
This is a long exposure photograph of the river. Alright, click on the next image. And adjust a little bit. And pull that up. And if we click Options, again, you'll see the ability to adjust. This gives you the option, for example, to push the picture up to the top, and include some text down below. Or go with a blank flap altogether. I'll stick with this one here with a bit of text, and we'll fill the text in later. You can click to go to the next page. And, simply change the layout.
That looks good there, see their feet a little bit more, punch in just slightly. I like that. Again, if you click Options, you'll see the available layouts for that page. But, I like that one. Click to go to the next page. And that looks pretty good. Just going to pull up to see a little more water. Press the right arrow key to adjust. Select the photo and choose Options. And you can adjust the crop. I like this so we can see the whole family now, rather than just my son.
And we can drag that around just a little bit. There we go, better composition. Remember if needed, you can click Edit Photo to open up the photo for editing, and then use the adjustments here. So, for example, I can lift the shadows a little bit to reveal the face. And put a little saturation back in, and pop the definition for the blacks. Click Done, and the photo updates. Alright I like this one here, but not the crop. I'll click the Options button here, and try a fullscreen image.
That looks a lot better. Alright let's go to the next page. I'm going to drag this over so we could see where the fire was. When we were in Oregon, there was a large forest fire, and this is actually what you're seeing there. When the photo was cropped this way, it just looked like a strange, cloudy day. But now, you get a sense of the fire. But I'd like to see both sides of the picture. The smoke enveloping the mountain. So, let's go to the Layout Options here, and choose that sort of cropping, and that actually works a lot better.
I'll punch in just a little bit to get past the edge of those trees. And that crop tells the whole story. If I edit the photo, I can adjust this slightly. And I'm just going to lift those shadows a little bit more for the trees. And pop the definition for some contrast. Click Done. And it updates. Looks good. We can drag to recompose, but that seems about right. Check the next layout, that looks good.
I can experiment with different layout options and I think I actually like that one a bit better. Notice, by changing the layout, it automatically reflows the pictures and gives you different choices pretty quickly. This will give you great control over how things look on the page. I think I like this composition here. Press the right arrow key to go to the next image. Click Options if needed, and you can experiment. I think I like the larger images there. But let's try vertical, nope, that works better.
And I love the tight crop on this tree, but I want to adjust that a little bit more, so it opens up fully to the right. Let's go forward, that looks good. I can click and drag though. I'm just going to zoom in a little bit. And click and drag to reposition. Want to see a little more of those trees and get the peak cropped on the right. Press the right arrow key, this looks good.
Just drag this one around a little bit. There we go. Like this one, but edit it to make it a little brighter. Adjust the exposure. And the definition. And it updates, looks good. Adjust the crop.
Push in just a little. And I like that, but in the case of this photo, I'm going to right-click and choose to Flip the photo, so it goes the opposite direction. and pushes back into the page with the open area here on the left. Press the right arrow key, this looks good. We'll zoom that in just a little bit. And drag to reposition. I like this one being unmatched on the other side. Right arrow key, and this is close, but let's improve the Crop.
I'll experiment with a full page image, I think I like that better, but let's try a few other options really quick. That's actually a good balance. I like that the same amount of white space is on the top and bottom of the image as on the opposite page. This looks good, I'm just going to zoom in a little bit on that image. Reposition. Right arrow key, and I think this one would benefit from a full page image, so let's see. That's better, but I like the full image there.
But I want to see more of that tree on the left so I'm going to balance it so the two trees have equal weight on the left and the right side. This looks good here, but I just want to push in a little bit more, so we could better see the family on the bridge. And we'll reposition that so they're looking forward. These trees that they're looking at over here is this path on the left-hand page, so I like that layout, right arrow key. This looks good, I'll just reposition this slightly. There we go.
I actually like seeing that side of the photo for something different. And this works on the right here, I'm just going to adjust it slightly, pushing in ever so much. And let's consider layout options really quick. I think I actually like that a little bit better. Seeing more of the vegetation and the shadows around it. Let's stick with this one. Alright, we're to the home stretch. Press the right arrow key, looks good.
Like these images on the right. Press the right arrow key. Looks good. This one's a good photo, but let's consider a replacement potentially. Drag it in, and see it update. And we can audition different choices. I think I like this one better. Let's drag that photo in, right arrow key. I like this one here but I think it could be a little bit larger on the page.
That feels good, and on the right here is a long exposure of a willow tree blowing at night. I like that feeling. Press the right arrow key, and we've got a nice soft out of focus image for the end page where we'll put some information about the trip. Right arrow key one more, and there's our ending. And these images look about right. Remember, you can drag them within their frame to recrop or reposition as you see fit. And this is a great way to introduce a few more images into the final book.
Let's just zoom that up a little bit. And drag over. That's good, if you change your mind, you can easily move those images around. That looks good, and I like that overall layout. Now that the layout's complete, we can move on to the next steps.
- Choosing a size, type, and theme for your Photos project
- Adding and removing images
- Editing text
- Removing the Apple logo
- Controlling the number of pages in a book
- Adding a map to a book
- Ordering prints