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How to design a photo journal with iPhoto for iOS

Create an online collage of your favourite memories without leaving your iPad

iPhoto for iOS is a bit of an Aladdin’s cave of features and the more time you spend with it, the more ways you discover how to get creative with it. One of the more advertised features, however, is Journals. Journals enables you to put together a collage of images from a certain place or event and add them to a number of widgets including text, quotes, weather, calendars and more.

The result is an immersive, photo-based memory that can be shared with friends and family via iCloud. In the example below, we’ve documented a birthday party, but you could use any event. All that really matters is that you have some great photos to work with. After you’ve got your images, as well as an idea of the kind of extra widgets you’d like to add, then you’ll be set to follow our nine-step guide to creating the perfect photo journal. Once it’s all done, you’ve got a few export options, but our advice is to stick with the best of the lot and share your project online with iCloud.

1: Start to share

Fire up iPhoto on your iPad, select an album of photos (or chose a selection of photos from the sidebar) and then head over to the Share menu in the top-right and tap Journal.

2: Pick the best

If you haven’t already, iPhoto will prompt you to select the photos you want to add. You can choose images by album, photos that are flagged or even select them individually.

3: Give it a name

Give your photo journal a name. This name will
be used as the title of the journal you’re creating, so make sure it’s both fun, catchy and descriptive, especially if you’re planning on making a few more.

4: Choose a theme

There are plenty of Journal themes to choose
from. Although you can change this later, it’s worth selecting one now. Swipe through the options underneath the journal title and find a good match.

5: Get editing

Once you’ve selected a theme, it’ll load up. Tap Edit in the top-right corner to make changes to everything inside it. Each photo can be resized and captions can be added simply by tapping on them.

6: Get descriptive

To edit a photo’s caption, you’ll need to tap once on the photo itself and then double-tap on
the placeholder caption to bring up your iPad’s keyboard. Be creative, but don’t overdo it!

7: Where’s the widgets?

One of the best parts of iPhoto’s Journal feature is the widgets you can add. To add these in, head to the plus icon in the top-right of the interface and bring up the menu packed with widgets.

8: Tap and change

Like images in an iPhoto Journal, widgets are easily edited, simply by tapping on them and adjusting the settings that appear. This is useful when dealing with the date function to turn auto-update off.

9: Share it out

Once you’re happy with how your Journal looks, leave Edit mode by tapping on the Edit button again. Tap the sharing icon, then iCloud. Your Journal will be compiled and you’ll be given a link.

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