Upon first use of the app you might think you’re limited to a strict selection of design templates, but it’s easy to create your own and have it appear in this list so it’s ready for use over and over again – just the thing if you regularly need to create publications in the same style.
In fact, follow the steps below and you can create a new template in practically no time at all. We look at creating a recipe book template but the same steps can be easily adapted to all types of book.
1 Opening a template
iBooks Author won’t let you create a blank document. Therefore to create a new template, you must adapt an existing one. Double-click the Basic template to start.
2 Prepare the workspace
Tap Cmd+Alt+I to open the Inspector and click the View button, followed by Layouts, which will open a new panel at the left. Click the first Chapter thumbnail under the Layouts heading.
3 Change the background
Pages look great with a subtle background texture. You can make your own or download one free from http://subtlepatterns.com. Click the Shapes icon and insert a square.
4 Switch to texture fill
Open the Graphic inspector, then click Image Fill from the Fill drop-down list. Select your image file. Choose Tile instead of Scale to Fit from the menu beneath. In the Stroke menu select None.
5 Adjust background size
To make the background fill the page, open the Metric inspector and type 2048 into the first field, then 1496. In the X and Y Position fields, type 0. Click Arrange>Send to Back.
6 Insert pictures
To insert new pictures, drag from Finder onto an existing image. To alter the masking shape, click Format>Image>Unmask, then choose from the Format>Image>Mask with Shape menu.
7 Alter image masking
Drag the mask borders to resize it (hold Shift
to retain the ratio). To resize the image within, double-click it and then use the zoom control, and drag the image to reposition it in the mask.
8 Repeat for portrait
Click the Portrait button and repeat steps 3-7. Type 1496 then 2048 into the Metric inspector. On both orientations, tap Ctrl+A, put a check alongside Editable on Pages Using This Layout.
9 Save the template
Repeat the steps for all page layouts, in both portrait and landscape, and click Apply Changes in each section. Save your new template by clicking File>Save as Template.
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