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Chapter 7. Creating Books > To prepare a book

To prepare a book

Make a normal album with the photos you want in your book (see “Creating Albums” and “Adding Photos to Albums” in Chapter 3, “Organizing Photos”).

Arrange the photos in the album in the rough order you want them to appear in the book (see “Arranging Photos” in Chapter 3, “Organizing Photos”). Make sure no photos are selected when you're done.

Click the Book button under the display pane (Figure 7.4).

Figure 7.4. Click the Book button with an album selected to make a book from that album.

In the book design dialog, choose a book size from the Book Type pop-up menu and select a theme from the list of themes. The dialog shows a preview of each book size and theme (Figure 7.5).

Figure 7.5. Next, choose your desired book type from the Book Type pop-up menu and pick a theme from the scrolling list of themes.

Manual vs. Automatic

Should you let iPhoto lay out your book automatically at creation or via the Autoflow button later on? Perhaps. It's much harder to rearrange photos on pre-built pages (so use automatic layout only if your photos are already in the correct order). Also, iPhoto can't begin to guess at how many related photos you've given it or which photos are likely to look good together in a two-page spread (so expect to spend time fixing every page).

There's no harm in trying an automatic layout, but if you don't like it, delete the book and start over, rather than trying to fix each page. I find myself using manual layouts all the time.

When prompted, decide if you want to lay out your book manually, or if you want iPhoto to do it automatically (Figure 7.6).

Figure 7.6. Lastly, choose whether you want iPhoto to lay out your book automatically, or if you prefer to put photos on pages manually.

iPhoto creates your book.

For each book page, set the number of photos and the design using the Page Type and Page Design pop-up menus, and add text as desired. You can drag photos from slot to slot to move them around or off the page entirely to put them back in the unplaced photo list.

When you're done, click the Buy Book button, and run through the process of ordering your book.



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