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Chapter 5. Creating Books > Typing Text “Correctly”

Typing Text “Correctly”

You’re going to crop your photos perfectly and arrange them just so... are you then going to write text that looks downright trashy? Follow a few simple rules to make sure your text looks as good as your pictures and iPhoto layouts (if you don’t believe me, look at the example captions to the right). For details, snag a copy of Robin Williams’s classic book The Mac is not a typewriter.

Rules for classy looking text:

  • Put only one space after periods, commas, question marks, parentheses, or any other punctuation.

  • Use true quotation marks (“ ”) instead of double hash marks (” ”). To get them, type and .

  • Use true apostrophes (‘ ’) instead of hash marks (' '). To get them, type and .

  • Punctuation goes inside quotes.

  • Instead of double hyphens (--), use an em dash (—). Press .

  • If you want to put a copyright symbol (©) in your book instead of (c), get it by typing .

  • To make a list, use bullets (•) rather than asterisks (*). To type a bullet, press .

  • In text boxes that have relatively long lines of text, edit to prevent the last line from containing only a single word.

  • Avoid underlining text if possible. Unfortunately, iPhoto can’t italicize a single word, which is the usual approach.

  • Use uppercase sparingly, and only in titles. Uppercase text is hard to read.


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