Working with Text

As you work with your book layout, you can add text and position it on the page. You can make text changes to individual pages in your book, or you can change master pages to create template pages with custom text styles and layouts.

See the following sections for specific information:

Placing Text on the Page

Master page designs provide text boxes that you can select and enter text in. You can also copy text and paste it into text boxes on your book pages.

Figure. Edit Content button and Edit Layout button in the Book Layout Editor.
To add text to a text box
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Edit Content button, if it’s not already selected.

  2. In the Pages pane, select the page you want to work on.

  3. Select the text box you want to change.

  4. Select any existing text and type or paste the new text.

Adding Text Boxes to a Page

When you want to add text to a book page and need another text box, you can add one and position it anywhere on the page.

To add a text box to a page
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page to which you want to add text.

  2. Click the Edit Layout button.

    Figure. Edit Layout button in the Book Layout Editor.
  3. Choose Add Text Box from the Add Box pop-up menu.

    Figure. Add Box pop-up menu in the Book Layout Editor.

    A new text box appears on the page.

  4. Drag the text box to the location where you want it to appear.

You can resize a text box by dragging its resize handles.

Adding Metadata Boxes to a Page

You can display images on a book page along with any metadata associated with them. To display an image’s metadata, you add a metadata box to the page and link it to the image.

To add a metadata box to a page
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page to which you want to add the metadata box.

  2. Click the Edit Layout button.

  3. Select the photo box to which you want to add a metadata box.

  4. Choose Add Metadata Box from the Add Box pop-up menu.

    Figure. Add Box pop-up menu in the Book Layout Editor.

    A new metadata box appears on the page.

  5. Drag the metadata box to the location where you want it to appear.

    You can resize a metadata box by dragging its resize handles.

  6. Choose the type of metadata you want displayed in the box from the Set Metadata Format pop-up menu.

    Figure. Set Metadata Format pop-up menu in the Book Layout Editor.

You can unlink a metadata box from its selected image and relink it when necessary.

To unlink a metadata box
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page that has a metadata box you want to unlink.

  2. Select the metadata box.

  3. Choose Unlink Metadata Box from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

To relink a metadata box
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page that has the metadata box you want to link.

  2. Command-click the metadata box and the photo box you want to link to select them both.

  3. Choose Link Metadata Box from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

Hiding or Showing Image Plate Numbers in Books

You can turn the display of plate numbers in your books and web galleries on or off. Aperture is preset not to display plate numbers for images.

To turn on the display of plate numbers in a book
  • In the Book Layout Editor, choose Enable Plate Metadata from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

Choosing a Text Style

You can assign text styles to text and metadata boxes to change the look of text in your book. Aperture master pages come with preset text styles that include designs for important text elements such as cover text, subtitles, headings, and paragraph text. You can easily apply these styles to text and metadata boxes as you work.

To change the text style of a text or metadata box
  1. Select the text or metadata box you want to change.

  2. Choose a text style for your text from the Set Text Style pop-up menu.

    Figure. Set Text Style pop-up menu in the Book Layout Editor.

Making Font Changes in Books

Aperture provides a Fonts window that you can use to change fonts in your books. You select text in a text box on a page to change the font, font size, font color, and more.

Important: Aperture follows the text-smoothing preferences set in the Appearance pane of System Preferences. The Mac OS X default setting doesn’t smooth fonts that are 8 points in size or smaller. This setting only affects the appearance of fonts onscreen; the fonts appear smoothed when printed.

To show the Fonts window
Do one of the following:
  • Select a text box, then choose Edit > Show Fonts (or press Command-T).

  • Control-click the text box, then choose Font > Show Fonts from the shortcut menu.

Arranging Text on the Page

You can resize and reposition text and metadata boxes on a book page. First click the Edit Layout button; then click boxes to select them. Selected boxes display handles that you drag to resize the boxes. You can also drag the contents of a box to move the box to a new position.

To arrange text on a page
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Edit Layout button, if it’s not already selected.

  2. In the Pages pane, select the page you want to work on.

  3. Select the text box on the page that you want to move or resize.

  4. Drag the box to a new location, or drag a handle on the selected box to change the box’s size.

Changing the Number of Text Columns

You can change a text box on a book page so that it’s formatted to hold from one to four columns of text.

To change the number of text columns in a text box
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Edit Layout button, if it’s not already selected.

  2. Select the text box.

  3. Choose Text Box Columns from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon), then choose the number of columns from the submenu.

  4. If necessary, resize the text box to better accommodate the changed column layout of the box.

Removing Text Boxes from a Page

After creating a book page and applying a master page design, you may want to remove one or more text boxes from the page. You can choose a different master page design that has fewer text boxes, or you can manually select and remove text boxes.

To remove text or metadata boxes from a page
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Edit Layout button.

  2. Select the text or metadata box that you want to remove, then choose Edit > Cut Content (or press Delete).