Master images in Pages
Add pictures, work with Instant Alpha, and adjust borders and shadows
Word processors, hey? They’re no longer interested in just words. With each release they add support for crafting ever-more complex page layouts, bringing them closer to the kind of output that was once only on offer with expensive desktop publishing software. Apple’s Pages has long been impressive when it comes to adding and manipulating images, twinning powerful features with an intuitive and usable interface.
Although the interface provided is simple, there are plenty of picture options. Multiple images can be placed on any page and set to stay in place or move as you add more text. Your pictures can be resized, rotated and flipped within Pages, and the manner in which text flows around them can be adjusted.
Pages also includes a number of image styles that can be applied to your images. These range from basic borders to complex combinations of effects that resemble a curled photograph pinned to your document. When a style has been applied, the settings that combine
Pages has long been impressive when it comes to adding and manipulating images
to make it can each be fine-tuned and then saved as a custom style.
You can also define a shape-based mask for any image you add, or create an ‘instant alpha’ to cut out parts of an image in seconds, and optionally flow text into the space. Craig Grannell
Pages is capable of enabling you to create complex layouts with images that boast beautiful borders.