If you are Mac user looking to do some basic design without spending a ton, check out Pages, (Apple’s design tool that comes in their iWork productivity suite–and retails for just $79 at store.apple.com).
But enough of that… let’s get started!
MAKING IT YOUR OWN:
Deciding on a layout:
To save yourself a lot of time and effort, do some extra planning ahead. You’ll want to determine how many pages your recipe book is going to be, and the order of the recipes before you start entering your content.
This is because the pages are specifically designed for right and left pages, and changing the order will be difficult after you have assigned content to a left or right page. The template has 15 built-in designs to use, so that every page doesn’t have to look identical. Though that doesn’t mean you have to use all of them. In my sample recipe book, you’ll notice that I modified the template for a very clean result.
The whole idea is to play around with the template so that it fits your own personal style.
Changing Fonts and Colors:
Nothing transforms a print project more than changing up the fonts. Whether you want to go with a traditional serif font, or a contemporary sans serif font, or even a whimsical handwritten font, you can easily change this template to your preferences.
To adjust the paragraph styles, you’ll first want to expose the “Font Window” by selecting the “A” icon in the Toolbar (If for some reason you don’t see the toolbar at the top of your application frame, then Select VIEW >> Show Toolbar, then select the “A” icon)
Now that you have your tools handy, it’s time to make some changes. You can repeat the following steps for each font style that you wish to modify:
1. Select a block of text that you wish to change
2. Make desired changes to font, size, weight and color using the “Font Window.” As you make selections, you should see the font change on the page.
3. Select the block of text again–notice how it highlights the selected style in the “Styles Drawer.”
4. Update your paragraph style sheet so that all of the subsequent uses of this style reflect the style changes. You can do this by either “right-clicking” or “ctrl+ click” on the name of the font style in your “Styles Drawer”, then select “Redefine Style from Selection.”
Simply select the photo you want to replace by clicking on the image once. Then, with the “Media Browser” open (VIEW >> Show Media Browser), locate the photo you would like to replace it with and just drag it over the original image. It should pop right into place.
(Tip: If you are inserting a new image that doesn’t already have a mask, you can create a mask on any image by going to FORMAT >> “Mask with Shape.”)
Save your file as a “Template” for future uses
If you plan to create another recipe book, or like the style of the template and want to use it for another type of document, be sure to save your file as a template. It’s easy to do, just select “File> Save as Template.” This puts a copy of your file into the Pages Template Chooser so you can find it easily next time you launch the application.
Tip: Because your using a template to create your recipe book, and have the power of HP MagCloud’s digital printing, there’s no reason you can’t personalize each copy… Perhaps change the cover image for friends vs. family… Or create a recipe book for a school fundraiser, or one for your colleagues at work… it’s up to you!
TURNING YOUR DOCUMENT INTO A PDF:
You’re done designing? Yay!
This part couldn’t be easier! Simply select “FILE>> Export.”
Leave the default settings for PDF (image quality = BEST) and save your file.
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