iPhoto Book Steps

1. Open iPhoto
2. Go to the file menu and click “New Album”
3. A menu box will appear and you should change the name “untitled album” to something that fits your project subject and click create
4. Now you should see a new “album” (link or folder) on the left side of your iPhoto screen that is named for your project.
5. To create a book, you need put the photos, clip arts, graphics and other items into that folder. Only the items needed for that book should be here. (If you want things already in your Library in this folder, all you have to do is drag the picture from the Library onto the album title and it will put a copy in there for you.
6. If you don’t have your media found yet, it is simple. Leave iPhoto open and size the window down a little bit so you can see it. You migt put it off to the right side of your desktop so that you can drag and drop pictures onto the iPhoto window.
7. There are several ways to get the media you need:
a. Go to the Internet and perform an images search for the media you need. (This can be clip art, photos, graphics, graphs, tables, etc.)
b. Connect the digital camera to your computer and download still images from the camera into your Library and then move them into your album when finished.
c. Connect to the server (for example the “Pictures to Share” folder) and drag and drop the pictures you want into your iPhoto album.
8. Once all of the media and research has been compiled, you will need to figure out what text you will be using. Do the research necessary and then draft the script for each page, or set of pages. (this might include titles, captions, etc.)
9. To create the book, click the project album and then click the red “Book” button at the bottom of the screen. A new menu box will appear.
10. Use the scrolling window on the left to choose a theme for the layout of your book and then click the “choose theme” button on the right side of that window.
11. Another window will appear which reads (see picture at right).
12. You will be dragging photos from the bar across the top of the page into the gray placeholders on the bottom part of the screen.
13. Anywhere you see text, you can click on it and change what the text says.
14. To move to the next page of the book use the right and left arrows in the lower right corner.
15. You can change the page design so that a text box appears, or doesn’t appear by clicking the “page design” button. You can also change the number of pictures per page by clicking the “page type” strip on the bottom.
16. To create more pages, you can click the “add pages” button and then choose the type of page you want to add.
17. To delete pages, you can click them in the viewer and delte them out by selecting the page you want to remove, then clicking the delete button on your laptop.
18. To add music, transitions, etc. to your book you can click the “settings” button at the bottom of the page. (NOTE: there is a “page flip” transition that makes it look like you are turning the pages of a book.)
19. To view your book in motion, you can choose the “play” button on the bottom of the screen.
20. Finally to make it ready for a web page you will go through several steps:
a. Click File and Print (trust me… this doesn’t mean you will be printing). Then it will go through a very slow process of assembling the book.
b. In the lower LEFT corner is a PDF button with an arrow. Click the arrow and choose “Save As PDF to iPhoto”. (I know it sounds strange… trust me it will work.)
c. It will the take a very long time. A window will appear that asks you to make an album and you will have to name that album different from your book and different from any other albums you have in your library. Name carefully.
d. Once that new album is created (which will also take some time and go though what looks like an importing process and then show more like a powerpoint screen with each of the pages in rows on the screen), then you can click the File menu and export.
e. Then another window appears you will also need to select the “quicktime” tab at the top to create the movie. Leave all the settings of the default for width, height, color and add music, and click the export button.
f. A second window appears to name the movie file. You can choose to save the movie to your “Movies” folder and click “OK.”
g. I will go through the exporting and then it will be done.