Book Layout Editor

When you create a new book album, the Book Layout Editor appears. In it, you can create a variety of printed books to showcase your images. To learn more about creating books, see Creating Books.

Figure. Book Layout Editor.
Pages Pane Controls

The Pages pane is on the left side of the Book Layout Editor. You use the controls in the Pages pane to add pages to and delete pages from books, switch themes, and work with master pages. You can also apply designs to suit either a softcover or hardcover binding. Select an individual book page in the Pages pane to view or work with the page.

The Pages pane contains the following controls.

Figure. Controls in the Pages pane of the Book Layout Editor.
  • Theme button: Click this button to choose a book type as well as a theme, or design, for your book’s pages. You can also access options and prices for books ordered through Apple’s print service.
  • Hardcover button: Click this button to choose a large hardcover book format.
  • Softcover button: Click this button to choose a large softcover book format.
  • Remove Pages button: Click this button to remove one or several selected pages from your book.
Book Layout Controls

Use the book layout controls to switch between content editing and layout editing modes, set text styles, display metadata with your images, apply a filter to change the look of your images, remove background images, and use the Send Backward and Bring Forward buttons to adjust the stacking order of images and text that overlap on a page.

Figure. Book layout controls in the Book Layout Editor.
  • Edit Content button: Click this button to change images or edit text on your book pages.
  • Edit Layout button: Click this button to change the page layout by moving and resizing text, metadata, and photo boxes on your book pages.
  • Send Backward button: Click this button to move a selected box backward in the stacking order of overlapping text or image boxes.
  • Bring Forward button: Click this button to move a selected box forward in the stacking order of overlapping text or image boxes.
Printing Buttons

Use the printing buttons to print your book on a local printer and purchase books from Apple’s print vendor.

Figure. Printing buttons in the Book Layout Editor.
  • Print: Click this button to print your book’s pages.
  • Buy Book: Click this button to purchase a printed copy of your book from Apple’s print vendor.
Page Size Controls

Use the following controls to set how the book’s pages are displayed in the Book Layout Editor.

Figure. Page size controls in the Book Layout Editor.
  • Scale to Fit button: Click this button to scale the display of your pages to fit the Book Layout Editor screen size.
  • Actual Size button: Click this button to view the selected page at its actual size.
  • Display Size slider: Drag this slider to increase or decrease the size of the page.
Page Navigation and Display Buttons

Use these buttons to navigate between pages as well as set whether the book pages are displayed singly or as full spreads.

Figure. Page navigation and display buttons in the Book Layout Editor.
  • Previous Page button: Click this button to go to the previous page of your book.
  • Next Page button: Click this button to go to the next page of your book.
  • Show Full Spreads button: Click this button to display two facing pages.
  • Show Single Pages button: Click this button to display single pages.