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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Create A Photo eBook

The tablet revolution has brought new life to e-books. We’ll show you how to make an impressive and full-featured e-book from your photos.

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Change the crop of your image to fit the page with the Mask.
A Totally Biased Close-Up and Macro Photography Book), so I tried to use InDesign for creating what's called a fixed-layout e-book with multimedia, but it was overwhelming. Then iBooks Author came out and changed everything for me.

A note about PDF files: PDFs can be created from many software programs, including InDesign and iBooks Author. They're tricky to use for multimedia and can't match the multimedia capabilities of an e-book made with iBooks Author. In addition, PDF files can't be sold through the major e-book sellers of Amazon.com or Apple. You have to have a significant market for your work already established or some way of reaching that market. The future of tablets for e-book reading, especially with photography and the desire for interactivity, makes PDF files look less effective for future use.

Getting Started With iBooks Author
iBooks Author is template-based, meaning that nicely designed book forms are prepared for you that include complete decisions on page layout, text, photo edge treatment and design of interactive elements. Any of these elements can be changed to fit your specific needs, but the great thing is that you don't have to know anything about design to get started. Just pick a template and you have a good design (you get a choice of 15 designs, plus you can buy more from independent designers on the Internet).

Wrap inspector controls how text wraps around a photo.
The left panel of the program lets you access all parts of the book, including making a cover, adding chapters, going to a specific spot in the book and so on. Open a chapter and its pages, then type in titles, heads and subheads, as well as general text—each is formatted to match the design. Text automatically flows from one page to another, and the program adds pages, as needed.

Drag and drop a photo from Finder onto a page, click and drag to move it around, then resize it to fit the page by dragging corners or sides. I size images for the iPad with Retina display that has a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels.

Crop images to fit by using the Format menu and choosing Image, then Mask. This allows you to drag the edges of the photo frame to crop the image, then you can drag the cropped photo into position.

Working With The Inspector
I use the Inspector constantly while building a photo e-book. Click on the Inspector icon at the right side of the interface to open it. Inspector's first tab is "Document inspector" and allows you to put in information like author, title and keywords. To lock to a horizontal orientation, check the "Disable portrait orientation" box.


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