Pub­lish like a pro with Pages

Ap­ple’s pub­lish­ing app is free, fun, and sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful

Mac|Life - - CREATE - Gary Mar­shall

RE­QUIRES

Pages, and some pho­tos to use in your doc­u­ment

you will learn

How to cre­ate stun­ning brochures in Pages

IT WILL TAKE

25 min­utes

Pages is ca­pa­ble of much more than bash­ing out the odd let­ter. You can use it to cre­ate eye-pop­ping ads, fab fly­ers, nifty news­let­ters, mouth­wa­ter­ing menus, and pretty much any other kind of doc­u­ment you can imag­ine. You can even use it to cre­ate ebooks, and to col­lab­o­rate on doc­u­ments via iCloud. We’ve used it to write books, cre­ate al­bum cov­ers, and de­sign brochures, and we’re con­stantly amazed by how easy it is to use and how great the re­sults are.

You can col­lab­o­rate with others in real time with Pages on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iCloud.com, eas­ily re­place fonts through an en­tire doc­u­ment, im­port and ex­port Rich Text For­mat (RTF) files, and make use of tabbed win­dows to work across mul­ti­ple doc­u­ments with­out clut­ter­ing your desk­top with ex­tra win­dows.

This kind of stuff wouldn’t be help­ful if Pages didn’t talk to other apps, but it does. You can ex­port your mas­ter­piece as a PDF, Word, or an ePub doc­u­ment, as well as RTF and plain text files, and you can send doc­u­ments by email, Mes­sages, or AirDrop, or add them to Notes. And images and movies you em­bed can be op­ti­mized for play­back on iOS de­vices.

In this tu­to­rial, we’ll use a sim­ple brochure to ex­plore some of Pages’ de­sign tools. We’ll use In­stant Al­pha to remove the back­ground col­ors of images, and ex­plore the use of masks to con­trol how images dis­play in your doc­u­ment and how text flows around them. We’ll also look at the var­i­ous for­mat­ting op­tions for images and text, and how you can stack dif­fer­ent el­e­ments on the page.

One thing we won’t be do­ing is us­ing Pages’ me­dia browser to or­ga­nize and add images, as it can be a very slow process. It’s a minor flaw in an oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent app, and eas­ily worked around. We’ve found that or­ga­niz­ing our images as al­bums in Pho­tos, and drag­ging from there into Pages, is much faster. If you’d rather not use Pho­tos you can drag from a Fin­der win­dow in­stead.

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