Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a PDF of a book for proofing or sharing, part of Creating Cards, Calendars, and Books with Photos for OS X.
- Before you send a book off for professional printing, it's a very good idea to proof your book. You can do this by printing it out to your local printer or just reviewing it inside of a viewing application for PDF files. Let me show you how. To create a PDF file, just right-click on the book page and choose preview book. This will export a PDF file and hand it off to Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, or Apple Preview. There we go. And you now see that you have the covers.
You can click through to view the book and see all of the pages including the two-page spreads and get a pretty good idea of the overall layout. This is your chance to notice if anything looks wrong. If you don't like the crop of a photo, if there's a blemish that you want to touch up, if something isn't laid out correctly, this is your chance to make any changes by just simply using this for reference and then jumping back into Photos for OS X. I'm happy with the layout of this book, though. I think it's working well so I'll move on to getting ready to print.
Let's close this PDF file and I can choose file, print. This allows me to print the book out to my local printer to review it. I recommend that you scale this so it fits on the page correctly. From the scale menu, you can set this a bit smaller and then simply print it out and do a hard proof by looking at each page and marking it up. Now this won't make a real book, but it will give you each page in printed form so you can inspect it for details.
I recommend you do one or both of these steps. The last thing you want to do is print a book professionally and not take the time to read it through. You want to catch if there's any spelling mistakes. You want to look for any photos that are repeated that you didn't intend to duplicate. Make sure you take the time to proof your book thorougly before you hit that order button. But when you're ready, you can put the order in. Which is what we'll do next.
- 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