HOWTO | Create a Book co ver
Let’s start with the cover. The book layout is organised into groups of two pages – known as a ‘spread’ – and double-clicking on a spread will zoom in to give a close-up view of those two pages. The cover is important, so find a good photo, rather than just using Auto-Fill.
We’ve found a shot we like for the cover, and put a smaller photo on the inside flap. However, that cover shot is a bit too dark, and we need to give the book a title. Fortunately, Photos still allows you use all of its normal editing tools when working on your projects.
There are several ways to switch to editing mode. You can click on the cover photo then press the Options button below the page to open the Layout Options palette. But we find it quicker to ≈- click on the photo (or tap two fingers on a trackpad) and select Edit Photo.
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That takes us into Photos’ standard editing window, where we can quickly adjust the brightness and contrast. We can use other editing tools as well, such as filter effects, redeye removal, or perhaps crop and resize the photo so it fits the page layout better.
When you’ve finished adjusting the photo hit ‘Done’ to return to page layout mode. Then type the book title into the text box under the photo. If you double-click on the text you’ll open the Text Option box, which lets you choose typeface, size, colour and spacing.
To leave this cover spread and look at the rest of the book, click the left-arrow symbol up in the top-left corner of the Photos panel. Then use Auto-Fill to quickly fill in the next few pages. These photos don’t look too bad, but we’d still like to make a few changes here and there.
Auto-Fill sometimes goes a bit wrong, and it looks odd having a photo floating on its own in the middle of the left-hand page of this spread. But you can edit the layout of each individual page. To do this, just double-click on the white background of the page.
That double-click opens the Layout Options palette. This page only has a single photo on it, so the palette starts by highlighting the current layout option in blue, and shows us layout variations that also use just one photo. Some layouts include room for additional text.