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iWork for Mac OS X Cookbook

Alexander Anichkin

Over 50 recipes which go beyond the manuals and explore the incredible potential of iWork to do the job of a full creative suite.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849693103
Paperback324 pages

About This Book

  • Explodes the widely held view that iWork is simply Apple's version of MS Office by revealing the amazing creative power of this office suite
  • Use iWork to create high quality documents for professional printing or internet use
  • Written for both the new and experienced iWork user, this book is a step-by-step guide to creating dazzling graphics, unique clip art, logos, and sophisticated designs to rival top-end professional programs

Who This Book Is For

This book will show both the new and the confident iWork user how this inexpensive software has all the potential of full creative suites to produce professional quality documents, from unique logos to glossy magazines.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Lateral Thinking
What to do when color options disappear
Copying and pasting from Numbers to Pages
Stacking photos by using the Bring to Front and Send to Back options to layer photos
Using Command + F to search long documents when editing
Chapter 2: Working with Text
Changing font (typeface) using toolbar, menus, or Font Panel—when to use which
Blank paragraphs versus spaces after paragraphs
Fitting more text on a page than it can hold
Using tabs to stop text sticking to the edges of a colored background
Creating smudged highlights for text
Creating drop caps with the Custom Image bullets
Chapter 3: Working Across Platforms and Applications
Dragging a Word file onto the Pages icon to open it
Opening the Excel documents in Numbers, editing them, and exporting them back into Excel
Keynote and PowerPoint—working together
Using screenshots and PNG files—shortcuts, options, and tricks
Fitting files of other formats into iWork documents
Making JPEG images from iWork documents
Making a good PDF from an iWork document, and CMYK PDFs for professional printing
Dragging and dropping files from one application to another
Chapter 4: Where to Find Shortcuts and How to Remember Them
Shortcuts for opening new documents, new folders, and duplicates
Saving and autosaving—don't rely on Auto Save
Send to Back and Bring to Front—iWork-specific shortcuts
Grouping and ungrouping—making multiple elements into one
Undo and Redo—the most important shortcuts
Chapter 5: Working with Photos: Tips and Tricks
Placing, cropping, editing, moving, and resizing photos
Masking photos, and the magnifying glass trick
Masking versus Image Fill—when Image Fill is easier than Masking
Background images—setting a photo as the background and finding suitable photos
Removing and changing the background in photos with Instant Alpha
Using "patches" to improve photos
Making cutouts with edited masks
Chapter 6: Graphic Design—Working with Clip Art and Making Your Own
Making symbols from Character Palette into clip art—where to find clip art for iWork
Using elements of iWork templates as clip art—clipping a photo to a hand-written note
Making your digital photos into a piece of clip art
Putting images inside letters—filling letters with photos and other graphic images
Turning a star into a thought bubble—how to edit shapes
Chapter 7: Graphic Design: Making Your Own Logo
Editing basic shapes to create a logo
Adding or deleting editing points to create a heart shape
Drawing logos with the free draw tool: Picasso's dog
Rectangle, oval, and arrow: stacking, editing, and finding the right color
Drawing a human shape and turning it into a logo
Making your own images by tracing photos and other images: drawing a Robin
Writing letters for your logo with the draw tool: the principles of a good logo
Chapter 8: PDFs and Professional Printing
Producing a CMYK-separated PDF for a professional print shop
Setting PDFs for professional print shops, and a few tips
Understanding the elements of a print-shop-ready document
Finding the right print shop
Chapter 9: Planning Large, Long-term Projects
Preparing a full set of promotional literature
Creating a custom bulleted list when planning a brochure
Designing the title in print or electronic format
Using iWork templates to create your own media placeholder
Using styles to create a company brand look
Setting the document size—what to keep in mind when preparing a book in iWork
Chapter 10: Designing from Scratch: Beyond Templates
Editing a shape to create a graphic design element
Drawing curved lines to enhance the graphic detail in a design
Using flowing colors for graphic headings
Using the color picker to create a custom color palette
Fading an image from side to side with an overlapping object
Setting custom document dimensions
Using columns and Text Boxes to lay out text
Designing repeating elements such as footer and object co-ordinates, and creating sections
Chapter 11: Mastering Numbers: Tips, Techniques, and Fun
Rearranging rows and columns
Hiding columns instead of deleting them
Adding up selected cells
Setting and using formulas in financial documents
Making documents secure and private
Adding pictures to cells
Using color coding—changing table row colors and setting cells to change color automatically
Using clip art and photos in charts—the unbeatable visual effect of Numbers documents
Chapter 12: Keynote Uncovered: a Few Techniques
Adding text to Keynote slides
Placing and editing photos in Keynote slides
Copying Keynote slides into Pages and Numbers
Adding audio files to slideshows
Making QuickTime movies from Keynote slideshows

What You Will Learn

  • Create your own logos, clip art, and templates
  • Use Draw tool to make copies of famous pictures
  • Change backgrounds and use patches and cut-outs on photos
  • Create press quality PDFs from iWork documents
  • Put images inside letters
  • Design your own drop caps and graphic headers
  • Use Numbers to demystify Excel spreadsheets
  • Make movies in Keynote

In Detail

iWork is Apple on a shoestring: iWork costs a fraction of the price of full creative suites and yet is packed with the potential to achieve the same results.

With its word processing and design application called Pages, spreadsheet program Numbers, and presentation creator Keynote, the elegance of iWork is its intuitive behaviour which makes it easy to learn and popular with Mac users.

While Pages can open Word documents and be exported into Word, Numbers doesn't stumble over Excel and iWork documents can be created and viewed on portable devices. Lesser known is iWork's ability to give users great design capability which is comparable to top-end programs such as InDesign and Quark.

"iWork for Mac OS X Cookbook" is the 'missing manual' which shows users how to exploit iWork's full potential. By taking a lateral approach to this relatively inexpensive software, you can find solutions to all your professional and creative needs, from designing logos and brochures to producing a high quality monthly magazine.

This cookbook begins with simple ways to format and organize text with stunning graphic highlights and drop caps, as well as showing how easy it is to import and export MS documents in a couple of clicks.

This well-illustrated, step-by-step guide then shows you how to create your own unique clip art, logos, and photo cut-outs and even how to draw your own pictures for home or professional projects, such as cards or magazines.

Packed with the author's own tips and his 'beyond the manuals' approach to iWork, this book will convince you that, whatever you're working on, this is the only productivity suite you need.


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