Working with Pages

As you work with book pages, you can make a variety of design and text changes.

See the following sections for more information:

Creating a Cover for Your Book

When you create a new book album, Aperture automatically creates a front cover page for the book. You can select the page and add a title, cover image or design, and other text or images that you like.

You can also choose between a softcover or hardcover design. Softcover designs have a white background; if you select a hardcover design and purchase printed copies of the book from the Apple print vendor, you can choose from a selection of hardcover colors. Note that you can only add images and text to the front cover of your book; you can’t specify images or text on the spine or back cover when purchasing books from the Apple print vendor.

Figure. Book Layout Editor showing a book cover page selected in the Pages pane and an enlarged view of the page appearing on the right.

To choose whether your book has a softcover or hardcover design, you click one of the book cover buttons.

To select a hardcover or softcover design for your book
  • Click the Hardcover or Softcover button in the Book Layout Editor.

If you don’t plan to purchase printed books from the Apple print vendor, you may want to employ a graphic designer to create the front and back cover for you, or you can design the cover yourself using a graphics application.

Choosing a Master Page Layout

You select a design for your page by applying a master page layout. Aperture provides different master page layouts depending on the theme you choose. You choose a page design from the Set Master Page pop-up menu. For example, you might create a single-image page and then later decide to change that page to hold two images.

You can apply different master page designs to a page to find the design that works best for your project.

To apply a master page design to a page
  1. Select the page in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose a master page from the Set Master Page pop-up menu.

    • Click the disclosure triangle on the page.

If you change a page’s design by repositioning or resizing boxes and you want to start over with the original design, you can reapply the original master page design.

To reapply a master page design to a page
  1. Select the page you want to change in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

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

Copying Pages

If you’ve made changes to a page and you want to use that page again in your book, you can duplicate it. Or, you might duplicate a page and then make small modifications to it, keeping both the new page design and the original for later use.

To copy pages
  1. In the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor, select the page or pages you want to duplicate.

    You can Shift-click pages in the Pages pane to select multiple pages.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Duplicate (or press Command-D).

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

Reordering Pages in a Book

You can move pages within a book. If you need to move a particular page forward or backward in the page order, you can drag it to a new location in the book structure.

To move a page in your book
  1. Select the page in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Drag the page to a new location.

Choosing a Background Image

You can choose a background image to appear behind the other images on a page. For example, you might create a page that shows a bride and groom in the foreground and a church setting in the background. Or, you might choose a background image that complements the colors of a foreground image.

To choose a background image for a page
  1. Select the page in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Drag the image from the Browser over the page in the Book Layout Editor until the background becomes highlighted, then release the mouse button.

To apply a background image to a two-page spread
  1. Make sure the Show Full Spreads button is selected in the Book Layout Editor.

  2. In the Pages pane, select one of the pages to which you want to apply the background.

  3. Drag the image you want over the spine (center) of the page spread in the Book Layout Editor until the background becomes highlighted on both pages, then release the mouse button.

To remove a background image
  1. Select the page in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the page background to select the image, then press the Delete key to remove the image.

    • Choose No Background from the Set Background pop-up menu.

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

      Note: The Set Background pop-up menu is not available for all themes.

Using Page Numbers in a Book

Aperture provides automatic page numbering in your books. Each theme offers page numbers in preset positions on the page. You can turn off page numbering if you wish. You cannot reposition page numbers on the page or change the format of the page numbers.

To turn on page numbering
  • Choose Page Numbers > Always from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

You can also choose the Automatic option to turn on page numbering. When chosen, the Automatic option displays page numbers on pages when no images appear behind them.

To turn off page numbering
  • Choose Page Numbers > Off from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

Rebuilding a Book

If you’ve made modifications to the design of a book and you want to start over with an unmodified design, Aperture can rebuild your book. Aperture rebuilds the book structure using the default series of master page designs and adds your images to the revised pages. You lose any changes that you previously made to your pages. Aperture can place all the images in the Browser into the book, or only selected images.

To rebuild a book with all of the images in the Browser
  • Choose Rebuild Book With All Images from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.

To rebuild a book with a selection of images
  1. In the Browser, select the images you want to place in the book.

  2. Choose Rebuild Book With Selected Images from the Book Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the Book Layout Editor.