Working with Master Pages

Master pages supply the initial design of your book pages. You apply master page designs repeatedly throughout a book.

If you plan to make reusable book albums, you can customize the page designs of a selected theme before creating your books. You can select a master page and modify it, changing the photo, text, and metadata boxes that appear on the page. You can also create new master pages to suit specific layout needs. To modify pages, you use the procedures for working with photo, text, and metadata boxes presented earlier in this chapter.

To modify a master page, you show master pages in the Master Pages pane and then add a new page or select the page you want to work on. When you select a master page in the Master Pages pane, the Book Layout Editor displays an enlarged view of the page.

Figure. A selected master page in the Master Pages pane and the Book Layout Editor displaying an enlarged view of the master page.

For more information, see the following sections:

Viewing Master Pages

To view and work on a book theme’s master pages, you must show the master pages in the Master Pages pane.

To show master pages
  • Choose Show Master Pages from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

The Master Pages pane appears above the Pages pane, showing thumbnails of the master pages for the selected theme. You can select master pages in the Master Pages pane to display and work on them. You can drag the border between the Master Pages pane and the Pages pane to resize the pane display.

To hide master pages
  • Choose Hide Master Pages from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

Creating and Modifying Master Pages

You can create new master pages, or you can duplicate existing master pages and modify them. For example, if you decide to customize a two-photo layout from an original master page design, you can save the customized version and have multiple two-photo layouts from which you can choose. Once you create a new master page, the master page name appears in the Set Master Page pop-up menu, where you can choose it to apply the design to pages in your book.

Note: You cannot modify the master pages for cover pages.

To create a new master page design
  1. Choose Show Master Pages from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Select a master page in the Master Pages pane.

  3. Choose Add New Page from the Add Pages pop-up menu.

    The new master page appears in the Master Pages pane underneath the page you selected in step 2.

  4. If you want to rename the page, double-click its title and type a new name.

  5. Select the new master page and make your changes.

To duplicate and modify a master page design
  1. Choose Show Master Pages from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Select the master page you want to duplicate in the Master Pages pane.

  3. Choose Duplicate Page from the Add Pages pop-up menu.

    The new duplicate page appears in the Master Pages pane underneath the original page.

  4. If you want to rename the page, double-click its title and type a new name.

  5. Select the new master page and make your changes.

You can also change the design of a page in your book and save the changes to create a new master page.

To create a new master page design from a page in your book
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page whose modifications you want to save as a master page.

  2. Choose Save Page > As New Document Master from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

  3. Choose Show Master Pages from the Book Action pop-up menu, if necessary, to show the Master Pages pane.

  4. Select the new master page in the Master Pages pane and rename it.

After updating the design of a page in your book, you can update the original master page with those changes.

To save changes in a book page to the original master page design
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page whose design you modified.

  2. Choose Save Page > To Document Master from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

Aperture updates the original master page with your design changes.

Unifying and Splitting Master Pages

Some master pages have left and right versions to match the book margins on the left and right facing pages. You can select a left or right master page and consolidate the two versions into one page.

To unify left and right versions of a master page
  1. Select a left or right master page in the Master Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Choose Unify Master Page from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

You can also select a master page that has only one version and split it into left and right versions.

To split a master page that doesn’t have left or right versions into left and right versions
  1. Select a master page in the Master Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Choose Split Master Page from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

You can now adjust the position of items on the new pages to match the margins on the left and right pages.

Updating Book Pages with Master Page Changes

After you change a master page, the modified design can be applied to pages in your book. Aperture does not automatically update the design of pages whose master pages are modified. However, you can choose to update the pages in a book with revised master page designs.

To update a page with a changed master page design
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page whose master page design you want to update.

  2. Choose Reapply Master from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

Aperture applies the current master page design to the selected page.