Cus­tomise a photo book

Com­bine Photos, Pages and Preview to cre­ate truly unique photo books

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

Photos al­lows you to cus­tomise the lay­out of your photo book pages to an ex­tent, but to re­ally take con­trol of its ap­pear­ance you can make cus­tom im­ages in Pages in­stead.

Photos isn’t fussy about what kind of im­age files you can im­port into it. As long as they’re in the right file for­mat, you can im­port hol­i­day snaps, fine art por­traits or pages of text ren­dered as im­ages (JPEG com­pres­sion can lower the qual­ity of text, so if you’re do­ing this con­sider us­ing PNG in­stead).

Un­for­tu­nately, Pages isn’t ca­pa­ble of ex­port­ing your lay­outs di­rectly as an im­age file, but it is ca­pa­ble of out­putting a PDF, and that’s where Preview comes in, quickly and easily con­vert­ing those PDFs into an im­age file for­mat that Photos can han­dle.

Ap­ple’s print prod­ucts are an of­ten over­looked ser­vice. We’re con­cen­trat­ing on photo books here, but you could use the same tech­niques to pro­duce cal­en­dars, prints ready for fram­ing or even a jig­saw. Re­mem­ber to keep the qual­ity set­tings high when pre­par­ing files for print, so you get the best pos­si­ble end re­sult. Ian Even­den

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