Alignment, Image Options, & Exporting


Intro to Apple® iWork® - Pages®


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Alignment, Image Options, & Exporting

So there are a couple things just kind of wrap up there a couple more things that I want to show you with images um and actually before we get into that I do want to show you alignment guides because a line of guides rule they're awesome no pun intended with the rule statement so what I'm going to do the reason that alignment guides air so cool is because let me find an image here to work with let's take we'll take the screen shot okay so we have this screen shot here and it doesn't have to be a screenshot but anything we're going to change the arrange to stay on page and with nothing so now we have the freedom to move this around anywhere you you probably noticed as we've been going through the class that as I move images around but every once in a while you see a little red line pop up on the screen that's by design and that is one of the coolest features to me about I work specifically and pages since we're talking about pages but what that's doing is it's helping us to guide the im...

age where it needs to be. So for example, if I wanted to center this image on the page I just simply take that image and dragged across it will actually snap into place to the center to the left of the page this is actually based on margins okay so is going to snap to the margin on the left side the topside so if I wanted that image at the very top left corner based on margins top right bottom left you know whatever and also in conjunction with another image so here I've got two images if I wanted to center these images with each other then I just simply dragged the image up and you can see how it's snapping into place like that that's huge for page layout because the way I used to do it before was I would kind of guess where was going and kind of eyeball it and that's not a good way to put up you know, professional documents if I let me shrink this one down and show you a couple of things related to that so with it with this image being smaller than the other image it will still snap to the center but now I have an option to snap to the top of it or snap to the bottom so again guides are guides air really really really useful for helping you to put your images in a place where they need to be andi making sure that everything is o c d friendly that's how I like it I like him to be in alignment so that is alignment guides and if you don't like red don't fret you can change that I like blue if you go to pages and preferences this will open up a preference pain where you can change a few things about how the application works you can actually change on the rulers you can change the color of your alignment guide and even use a custom color that I like to use so maybe this blue color I didn't choose that and exit out and now I it gives me the blue lines so anyway that's that's a lineman guys are really really really cool it's a simple concept but huge timesaver honor off it's always always on always on a couple more things about images so let's go ahead and center that and I could see they were centered and let's go to center on the page vertically as well which is right there perfect let's go into the style so with the image selected we go into the style pain and here we've got a few options to play with weaken weaken change the border style so by default we have no border we can change it to maybe a line or a different kind of line or maybe something with a drop shadow this is one of my favorites makes it look like maybe a photograph laying on a page which is a really nice bordeaux ad in addition to that we can change some of the detail down here so if we wanted a line border we can change the color of the of the line bordering the picture we can change the thickness of that line or even the style and think about the styles here that's really fun is that they've got some really neat styles here that make it look like you took a marker and just kind of circled something so maybe something like this can add a nice it's not a good example for this particular image but it can it can add a nice little flair to your images you can also add shadows so let's turn off the line for right now we can add a drop shadow so that's that's just your typical drop shadow which everybody uses and we have options here of changing the blur settings the also settings things like that we can also change it to a contact shadow contact shatters air are actually pretty cool because it makes it look like the image let me d select it like the image is sitting on a white piece of table s o as a nice little shadow there tha contact point so let's select that again uh the other option is we can do a curve shadow so this is sort of similar to the one we saw before with the with the paper feel to it but we can change whether it bends inward and the amount that it bends inward as well as outward so if we wanted to look like it's kind of sitting up on a table like this we can change that as well as the offset and the opacity, the amount of shadow there, and we can also change the angle on a lot of these as well. So if you if you want a full control over the lighting of an image, you can change the angle of the shadows. So really you have a lot of different control, even to the point of the color of the shadow. You can change it to a red shadow if you wanted tio. So you have a lot of control over how things look. You can also add a reflection to an image so that's pretty cool if you wanted to give it sort of a glossy table finish to it. And then lastly, you have the option of changing the opacity so let's, go ahead and copy this image and we'll do another one and let's change the opacity of the foremost image to maybe fifty percent just to give you an idea of what that looks like. So now you have and it's apparent the layers that you have set up now you can see that we have two layers, one is in the back, which is full of passivity, and the other one which is about half capacity, and now you khun make those changes and and really have a lot of control over that any questions about working with images and editing? Is there somewhere where you can see both the same time tio adjust things? Or do you have to click on each separate layer to be able to address them if you wanted to adjust to images of once, we'll just see them like side by side. Um, no, I'm not aware away that you can have, like, two you're talking the pallets here just to see how they're both set up? Yeah, there's not a way to do that just because they want to keep the interface clean, but literally if you have one of them selected, you're looking at some of the settings here, you can just simply select the other one and kind of go back and forth and and toggle between so that way it'll it'll help you to kind of compare between the sightings on both of those. Um the last thing on the images that I wanted to cover was on the arranging side of things we touched on layers a little bit and, uh, with layers, it could be a little confusing because of how that works it's a different kind of concept. The way I like to think of layers is I have two pieces of paper here. This is layer one that I have laid on the table and this is later too that I have on the table and if I think of that in terms of looking at it from this direction I can see that I've got multiple layers but if I'm looking from the top especially if they're over each other like this I can't necessarily see the background layer but cause it's the foreground layer is kind of covering that but that's so that's how layers work in general there are lots of features here in pages the delighted to adjust which layers are in the background in the foreground and a lot of that just takes experience and playing with that but if I wanted to take this background layer and bring that more to the foreground I simply highlight that go into the arrange and bring that to the front so now it's it's brought that background layer to the to the foreground that's not my foreground later okay it gets a little more complicated with the more layers you have but those are those are the options and controlling that s o the options are to send an image all the way to the front all the way to the back forward one layer or backwards one layer and in some cases yes you have to kind of spread things around so you khun visually see all of your layers and then kind of adjust from there but but working with layers can be a little more difficult. But the tools are there to give you everything you need. Teo. Teo adjusted however you want the works best for you. Document. Okay. All right. So the last thing I wanted to talk about this is this is just sort of a we've got our document done. Now we want to send it off to someone else. So let's, talk about howto actually export that out and send it to people. So there are two ways to do that. One is weaken. Send it as a file. S o is a pages file. Or we could export that out as a cz, a microsoft word specific file. Or we can export it out as a pdf. The nice thing about the mac is that it has all the tools built in to handle. Pdf export. So, there's nothing. You have to install there's. Nothing you have to add. And I think we all understand we talked earlier about the benefits of pdf, especially when it comes to funds. So we understand why we would do that. But in order to do that, what we would do and this is specific to experience a pdf, we go to file and print, and I know that seems a little backwards. But what we're doing we're printing the file to a pdf format view file so we're going to go to file and print and this is going to give us a little preview and then in the bottom left hand corner we have this section here called pdf this will give us tools necessary for for exporting our file out as a pdf so we have got lots of different options we could just save as a pdf which is what I'll show you which is just a really simple conversion a pdf we have an ad a pdf tio exporters pdf and add that to your ibooks library automatically which if you're doing manuals and things like that that's really really I need to be ableto take a manual that you just created in pages and export that out as a ibooks file which is great for larger businesses with you know employee handbooks and how twos and things like that you can mail a pdf so there's a lot of different ways to export the pdf in this case what I'm going to do is just choose to save it as a pdf and it will give us a prompt us to where we want to save that so we'll just call this test file and we'll say ok and has now save that on our desktop as whips it didn't keep the name but that's ok as a pdf file, so now we can preview that and whatever whatever funds we use, whatever layout we use, all of that will be persistent in that document, regardless of who we sent that to. So that's, really great for proofing page layouts for other people. The other option to export and send out would be at the top. Earlier, I mentioned the share button. There is one thing that I wanted to show you with that, and that is, if we click on that, we can choose to send a copy to someone and usually it's going to be in mail. But we can choose to send it using either messages, which is there text messaging, app or air drop, which is their technology apple's technology that allows you to transfer a file easily from one computer to another so we can do it a couple of years from ways but the most popular ways to mail it. So we'll choose to mail, and I will show you here, but will choose to mail it will automatically convert the file to a pdf and embed into an email. All you have to do is type the address, type a little blurb and send it so from from an efficiency perspective, that's a really neat little feature. Well, I think with that, I think we're in a good place to end this particular class that we've done here on my works pages. Very excited. Thank you very much, kevin. For all of the information and dollars that you've shared with us, you're welcome, so great to have it. And I hope that you folks at home were able to be inspired and educated on ways that you can use pages to implement in your business, to really expand your creativity and make the products that you create for both internal and external use, even more beautiful and efficiently made. So, thanks again for joining us for intro toe. I works pages that's around.

Class Description

Pages® for iOS makes it super simple to create stand-out flyers, diagrams, scrapbooks, signs and more! Learn how to take full advantage of the software you already own in Intro to Apple® iWork® - Pages® with Kevin Allgaier. 

Kevin helps small business owners and ordinary people get more out of their tech investments by teaching them how to use their laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones to their fullest. In this class, he’ll show you the full range of what Pages® can do. 

You’ll learn how to: 
  • Set up documents 
  • Create flyers 
  • Generate diagrams 
  • Layout scrapbooks 
  • Design signs of all sizes 
Intro to Pages® will make building beautiful, easy-to-share documents effortless. You’ll learn helpful shortcuts and creative tricks you can use to make well-designed documents that incorporate images and text.

Your Apple purchase gives you access to a whole suite of productivity tools, learn how you can get the most out of the technology you already paid for in Intro to Apple® iWork®Pages® with Kevin Allgaier.