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Tips and Tricks

If you haven't used Apple Pages for book layouts before, we've got a set of tips and tricks to help out.

Safetly Crop Guides in Pages Template


There are Yellow Crop Marks around all of the template pages. They are what we call the “Safe Area”. Anything within this area will safely print. If anything is placed beyond these marks runs the chance of being cut off in the book making process, so we suggest placing anything important within these yellow guides. If you create a new page for this template, you will have to add your own in order to see them.

Turn on your rulers by either going to View-> Show Rulers or hitting the keyboard shortcut Command(⌘) R on your keyboard. From there, you can drag and drop the yellow guides by clicking on the rulers and pulling them to the desired location. For interior pages, use the following coordinates: x: 0.5 in, x:12.75 in, y 0.5 in, y:9.75 in. For covers it's a little different, use the following coordinates: x: 1 in, x:12.25 in, y: 1 in, y:9.25 in.

Template Layout Covers

Front Cover (Tempalte Page 1) Left, Back Cover (Template Page 2) Right

Template Layout Page 1

Page 1 (Template Page 3) Right

Book Layout

The layout of our Pages templates works like this: Page 1 is our front cover, Page 2 is our back cover, and from Page 3 on is the interior of the book (Page 3 of the template is Page 1 of the interior, Page 4 of the Template is Page 2 interior, and so on).

Turn on Page Thumbnails

Turn on Page Thumbnails

Quickly view your page layout by turning on Thumbnails: View->Show Page Thumbnails. The first page is your Front Cover, the Second will be your back cover, and the rest is your interior pages of your Photo Book.

Place your Images in Template

Place Your Images

Click on the button on the bottom right hand corner of the placeholder images to replace them with your own photos from Apple Photos or iPhoto photo library.

Crop and Edit Photos

Once you've placed your image, you can now reposition and resize it as you desire. Double click on the image and a pop-up will show up, and you'll also see all of your image, with some of it grayed out (the area currently cropped). Slide the image around with the cursor on the image, and change the size with the sliding bar on the bottom pop-up.

Resizing your Photos Step 1
Resizing your Photos Step 2
Resizing your Photos Step 3
Resizing your Photos Step 4
Adding and Removing Pages

Add and Remove Pages

Pages 7 and 8: Click on the + in the top right hand corner of the window, and you will have access to all of the Master Pages to add as many pages to your book as you like, simple, easy.

Pages 5: Pages 5 does not have Master Pages, but you can add pages. Go to Insert-> Page and place a new page where you would like. To copy a design, simply select all of a page style you would like to copy, press CMD + C, go to your new blank page, then hit CMD + v, and it will place the design.

Turn on Spread View

Turn on Facing Pages

This is a Pages 7 only feature. To get a better look at your book, click on Document in the top right hand corner beside Format, and go down to the Header & Footer Margins section, and check Facing Pages. Now your pages will be shown as spreads in your Thumbnail Preview as well as the working pages themselves.

Facing Pages Feature on
Picking a Background Color

Change the Background color of your Page

If you would like to change the background color of your page, first you will have to unlock the background. When you click on the background area, you should see eight gray X's show up on the outter edges of the background (one on each corner, and one in the middle of each side). To the right, the Arrange pane should have popped up, and find the Unlock button right beside the Lock button.

Now that the background is unlocked, click on Style (should be to the left of Arrange), and under Fill, below the dropdown box, is a color picker. To the left is a few present colors in a drop-down, but to the right is a massive color picking tool with 5 separate ways to pick the right color for you. Once selected, it's best to lock your layer again. Click on the background, go to Arrange, and now hit the Lock button to keep your background from accidentally shifting around.

PrestoPhoto provides Apple comparable templates to help you create books consistent with what you’ve been making with Apple over the years. Our Photo Books are in no way endorsed by Apple Inc, however we have worked hard to make sure they match the look and feel of your existing books. These templates are similar to the original, but do have some variations. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhoto, Pages, and Aperture are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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