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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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Widgets make creating interactive images easy, from galleries to video to actual interactive images shown here.
Wrap inspector allows you to change whether the photo is locked to a text position or not, and how text wraps around it. "Object causes wrap" turns the wrap on and off, then the icons below it control how the wrap changes the flow of text. Just click on them and see if you like what happens. If text starts doing weird things, check the Wrap inspector and try clicking the different options.

Text inspector includes a bar that displays: Text, List, Tabs and More. Text, List and Tabs have options like most word processors. More includes options to change background color and borders for text boxes. Pay attention to Pagination & Break options—they strongly affect how text flows from page to page in the book and include such important choices as "Keep with following paragraph" and "Paragraph starts on a new page."

Graphic inspector is key for photos. I haven't always liked the borders that the Apple designers put around a photo in a template, and this is where you can change them. Sometimes all you need is a simple, thin black line around a photo, which you can do with Stroke and its three middle options when Line is chosen.

Sometimes you want photos to be the exact same size on a page or from one page to another. With Metrics inspector, you select a photo, then type in the exact size to match another. You can also rotate and flip the photo here.

Styles let you format specific types of text and keep them consistent throughout the book.
iBooks Widgets
Widgets are an easy way to add interactivity to your e-book. Interactivity is one of the strengths of e-books on an iPad. Click the Widget icon, and you get a menu of widgets. Choose one, and it appears in the layout ready to be resized and positioned, as needed. Watch how you drag the edges and corners to change the size because this affects how your images will display. How a widget works is controlled by the Widget inspector, the last tab in Inspector.

With the Gallery widget, you can create a gallery of images related to a theme, for example, and then have them display full screen. The viewer swipes to go from one image to the next, and each one can have its own caption. You can also create a nice Keynote presentation and use it in your e-book with a Keynote widget.

The media widget works nicely for video, and iBooks has specific video needs. It must be at iPad size (720x1280 is good for all generations of iPads) and in the M4V format. I found I could change an MP4 Premiere-exported file to M4V with the free program HandBrake.


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