Choosing a Theme

You choose a theme for your book when you create your book album. However, you can change the book’s theme at any time. A theme provides a professionally designed set of master pages that determine how text and images are placed on the page.

It’s a good idea to explore the page styles and designs of Aperture themes. Some theme designs lend themselves better to presenting many pictures without much text; others to more traditional mixes of text and images, such as you might find in coffee table books. Once you know the characteristics of the different themes, you can choose the theme best suited to a project.

You can also create your own custom theme with the dimensions of your choosing. However, you can’t order books from Apple created with custom themes. For more information about creating custom themes, see Working with Custom Themes.

It’s important to choose the theme you want at the beginning of a project. Each theme presents different combinations of master pages. Although you can change themes after you start a project and Aperture will attempt to convert your book structure to the new theme’s master pages, you may need to redo some of your work to make up for differences between themes. It’s not recommended that you complete a book and then change themes to see it with different layouts.

Warning: It’s possible to lose text when you change themes. If you change book themes, make sure to first copy the text you’ve entered into another document so that you have a backup copy.

To choose a new theme for your book
  1. In the Book Layout Editor, click the Theme button.

    Figure. Theme button in the Book Layout Editor.

    A dialog appears, alerting you that you may lose text when you change themes and any custom layouts you created will not be preserved.

  2. Click OK.

  3. Choose a book size from the Book Type pop-up menu.

  4. In the Themes list, select a theme.

  5. Click Choose Theme.

After you change the theme, Aperture updates all of your pages to use the new theme.