Working with Custom Themes

If you need a book with dimensions different from those of the Small, Medium, and Large format books, you can create a custom theme with the precise dimensions you require. The ability to set the dimensions in a custom theme provides the precision demanded by professional printers.

Creating Custom Themes

You create custom themes in the Book Themes dialog.

To create a custom theme
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Theme button.

    A dialog appears, alerting you that you may lose text when you change themes.

  2. Click OK.

  3. In the dialog that appears, choose Custom from the Book Type pop-up menu.

  4. Click the New Theme button at the bottom of the dialog.

    The New Custom Book dialog appears.

  5. In the Theme Name field, enter a name for the custom theme.

    Figure. Controls in the New Custom Book dialog.
  6. Enter the book’s dimensions in the Page Size, Image Spacing, and Margins areas, then click OK.

The new custom theme appears in the Themes list.

Sharing Custom Themes

You can share custom book themes with other Aperture systems. By default, Aperture saves custom themes in the following location in the Finder:

/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Aperture3/Book Themes/

To share custom themes with another Aperture system
  • Copy the themes you want to share from the Book Themes folder on the first Aperture system to the same location on the other Aperture system.

The custom themes appear in the Book Themes dialog when you choose Custom from the Book Type pop-up menu.