An Overview of Creating Books

Aperture provides options for creating a print book to suit a variety of needs. When you select or create a book album in the Library inspector, the Book Layout Editor appears along with the Browser. You use the Book Layout Editor to set up the page structure of your book and place images and text on the pages.

Figure. Controls in the Book Layout Editor.

The Pages pane on the left shows thumbnails of your book pages. You scroll through the thumbnails and click to select a page of your book to work on. A larger view of the selected page appears on the right.

When you first create a book album in the Library inspector, Aperture automatically creates a default set of pages for you. You then use the Book Layout Editor to format your pages and create any additional pages you need.

Books are based on a theme, or design, and master page layouts that present your images in a standardized way. Click the Theme button to see the themes you can choose.

When you choose a theme, the Book Layout Editor provides a professionally designed set of master pages that determine how you mix text and images on the page. For example, you can choose among master pages that create a cover page, pages of text in columns of various sizes, pages of images in different arrangements, and pages with different combinations of images and text. You’ll find master pages provide a fast and convenient method for quickly laying out a book.

You can apply a master page design to any selected page to define where your text and images appear. Pages appear with gray photo boxes to hold images and text boxes to hold text. To add images, you drag them into the photo boxes from the Browser. To add text, you select a text box and type or paste text into it. If you wish, you can also place metadata boxes next to images to display an image’s version name, caption, keywords, and other metadata. You can also add a map showing the places where the images in your book were shot.

If you prefer, you can build a book page by page. You can add a new page to your book, choose a master page design, fill in images and text, and then create the next page, repeating the procedure for each page you add.

You can also select a group of images in the Browser and have Aperture automatically place them in pages in your book. Aperture creates as many pages as you need and fills them with your images. You can change the page design of individual pages later by applying different master page designs.

As you work on a book, you may need to adjust the layout of individual pages. For example, you may discover that one image in a group should appear slightly larger. You can move and resize the boxes that hold images on individual pages, making minor layout adjustments when a master page design doesn’t quite suffice.

To change the design of a page, click the Edit Layout button. You can then work with the photo boxes and text boxes that appear on the page, resizing and rearranging them as necessary. The Book Layout Editor automatically displays yellow guidelines that show you how the item you’re working with aligns with other items already on the page.

To add text and images to your pages without changing the page layout, click the Edit Content button. You can then add images and text to the page, but you can’t move or resize the boxes on the page, which helps prevent unintended formatting changes.

You can also add photo, text, map, or metadata boxes to a page when you need them.

Click the Edit Layout button and then choose a text, metadata, map, or photo box option from the Add Box pop-up menu. When a box appears, you can resize and reposition it.

The Book Layout Editor also allows you to create covers, indexes, and blank pages, use automatic page numbers, and create or modify master page designs.

When your book is complete, you can purchase printed copies from the Apple print vendor for a fee.

Note: Although you can create books larger than 99 pages, there is a 99-page limit for books ordered through the Apple print vendor. When you try to order a book larger than 99 pages, a dialog warns you that there are too many pages. If you plan to print a book using the Apple print vendor, make sure to keep the number of pages at or below the 99-page limit.

If you prefer to print your books yourself, you can print your book using your own office printer or export your book as a PDF file that you can send to a print shop for printing.