Category Archives: Book Creator Design

Reorder and Change Book Size

Its easy to re-order your book in a different size.

First you need to duplicate the book you would like to reorder.

Go to open existing orders and select the book and click duplicate project, then rename it.

reor1

Once the project is open click on the change product size icon and select the size you want to order.

reor2

Then make sure to double check your book. Make sure crops are correct and the cover looks good and then submit your order.

Add text from your documents

If you already have text from another source, adding it to your book is very easy.
In Book Creator add a text box by clicking the icon
text icon


or on the menu bar choose INSERT and Text Box,
text menu

Now open your existing document which has text you want to use. This can be anything from a website, blog, or document like Pages or Word.

Then you just highlight the text
text


And COPY it.
Keyboard shortcut on Mac is COMMAND C
on Windows its CONTROL C
or you can use the menu bar EDIT and Copy.

copy


Then double click the text box you made in Book Creator and Paste the text into it.
Keyboard shortcut on the Mac is COMMAND V
on Windows its CONTROL V
or you can use the menu bar EDIT and Paste.

book text
After you press ok it will contain your text.
text inserted

Backup your projects

Your Book Creator projects are stored in a location based on what version of operating software you are using.
Locate the folder called A&I Book Creator Projects and back it up to an external folder.

Mac 10.5-10.7
Macintosh HD/Library Application/

Mac 10.8
Macintosh HD/Users/Your Login Name

Windows
C:My Documents

Next copy your folder that contains your images. If you images are scattered all over your computer now is a good time to consolidate and copy them to one folder. Name it something useful like My Book Images.

Use the Wizard in Book Creator

A quick and easy way to make a book in Book Creator is to use the wizard.

In a few short steps you will have a book automatically created by the software, with your images that can still be edited manually.

After choosing create a new project from the opening screen,
splash

Make sure the check box is marked to use the wizard. Here we are making an 8×8 soft cover with the wizard.
wizard box

Click the buttons at the top to add folders of images, or individual images
wizard folder

The next screen allows you to choose layout. You can set the number of pages or how many pictures per page.
wizard pages

The next screen allows choosing of the background.
wizard background

The next step will ask you to name the project and then your project is made.
You can still make any manual changes you like. Add, remove images. Rotate text or images. Change backgrounds, everything is still editable.

Do a full screen preview by clicking this button,
preview

See this post if you need help with basic editing of your book.

When you are finished you can order by clicking the green shopping cart.

Photos resizing and rotating

The easiest way to add a photo is to simply drag it to a page. You dont have to make a picture box to contain it.
Resize a picture by dragging the blue picture corners – hold down the Shift key while you drag to maintain the picture box proportions.

image

Dragging the green circle will rotate the image.

image green

image rotated

Definition of red lines

The red lines approximate cut marks. The book pages will be cut somewhere between those red lines and the edge of the page.

It is very important that text and critical image portions stay well within the red lines so they don’t end up too close to the edge of the page.

It is equally important that “bleed” images (images that bleed to the edge of the page) go all the way to the edge of the page (not just to the red lines) as any white area around the image may show on the final product.

Here is a bad example of an image that is not bleed to the edge.
bad bleed
Take note how the image is flush to the red cut line, but not extending beyond it. It will probably show some white space between the image and the edge of the page.

Here is a good example of a bleed image.
good bleed
Here you can see the image does go beyond the red cut line, all the way to the edge. This image will bleed all the way to the edge of the page after the book is produced.