HOWTO | Cre­ate a Book co ver

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Cover spread

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.


Rainy days

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.


Edit­ing op­tions

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.


The bright side

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.


Text tools

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.


Au­to­matic ad­di­tions

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.


Chang­ing pages

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.


Edit­ing lay­outs

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.

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