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iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by Derrick Story, David Pogue

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Phase 5: Edit the Titles and Captions

Depending on the theme you’re using, iPhoto may offer you any of several kinds of text boxes that you can fill with titles, explanations, and captions:

  • The book title. This box appears on the book’s cover and, if you’ve added one, Introduction page. When you first create a book, iPhoto proposes the album’s name as the book name, but you’re welcome to change it.

    A second text box, all set with slightly smaller-type formatting, appears below the title. Use it for a subtitle: the date,"A Trip Down Memory Lane,""Happy Birthday Aunt Enid,""A Little Something for the Insurance Company,” or whatever.

  • The introduction. Applying the Introduction-page design to a page produces a huge text block that you can fill with any introductory text you think the book needs.

  • Photo titles. In some layouts—primarily the old, iPhoto 4 ones—iPhoto can display the name of each photo. (Of the new designs, only the Folio template offers such an option.) When you first create the layout, the program labels each photo with whatever its title is.

    If you haven’t already named each picture, you’ll get only the internal iPhoto name of each one—“IMG_0030.JPG,” for example. Once the book layout has been created, though, you can edit the name only in one place: directly on the book page. See Figure 10-10 for details.

    When you first create the book layout, iPhoto inherits its initial photo name and caption text from the existing photo titles and Comments-box information. Unlike previous versions, however, iPhoto 5 doesn’t link these two sources; if you change the photo’s name in the Info panel, it doesn’t change on the page layout. At right: A yellow, nonprinting warning sign appears if the text box is too small to display all of the comment text (or the full photo name).

    Figure 10-10. When you first create the book layout, iPhoto inherits ...

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