In earlier columns we looked at setting up and using Apple's iPhoto software to facilitate the organisation and search functionality of your favourite image collections, such as those from a digital camera or the Web. This month we finish by covering the creation of Albums and Photo Books, and offer some ideas on how to share your pics with others.
CREATING AN ALBUM
Having already imported your images into iPhoto's Photo Library, you can arrange your photos by date (
CREATING A BOOK
With iPhoto, Book mode is used to lay out photos from your albums together with text such as comments about a particular photo. To create a book, create and then select an album of relevant photos before clicking the Book mode button located in the lower centre of iPhoto. You should now see the images from that album arranged by default over a few different pages complete with some text areas. Most of the features in Book mode can be customised from the Theme and Page Design (via the pull-down menus of the same name) through to the choice of displaying titles, comments and page numbers. The screenshot on this page shows Book mode in action. If you have selected a Theme that uses text, editing the text to place your comment is as easy as clicking inside the blue guide lines and typing away. You can preview your book's progress by clicking on the Preview button found at the lower right of iPhoto when in Book mode.
SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE
Once you've built up a library of photos, chances are you're going to want to share them with others at some stage. To export a photo from your library, simply select the photo then press
To create a Slide Show, select the album you wish to show and then the photos inside it. Remember that using
In much the same way, you can create a movie of your photos. Select the photos or album that you want in your movie and click the Export icon. Click the QuickTime tab, choose your options and click Export. QuickTime movies can be opened with QuickTime Player, or your Internet browser if you have the plug-in installed.
CREATING WEB PAGES
When you clicked the Export icon, you may have noticed another tab titled Web Page. From this tab you can quickly and easily save a group of selected photos as a Web page complete with thumbnail previews, ready to be uploaded to a Web server. When you've set your options from inside the Web Page tab and clicked Export, it's a good idea to create and name a new folder in which to store the Web page files. You can preview how the site is going to look before you upload, by double-clicking on the index.html file in the directory you created.