Two page spreads


Working with two page spreads


Two-page spreads allow you to edit two facing pages as a single unit in the page editor.  This feature allows you to coordinate the design of the two pages more easily and achieve a professional look.





 Create a two page spread


To create a two-page spread, simply select a page in the Page Ladder, then click the button with the double-page icon in the lower right of the screen, and finally click the Open Page button.  (This button is disabled for pages without a facing page, such as Page 1 or an odd-numbered page at the end of the book.)


Both the page you selected and its facing page will then open up in the page editor at the same time.  When you save your changes to these pages, a double-headed arrow icon will appear above the two pages in the Page Ladder, showing that they are now a two-page spread.  Opening either page in the future will automatically open both pages of the spread at once.


Note: Once you create a two-page spread, you'll need to be careful about adding new pages to the book.  If you add an odd number of pages before the spread, the spread will need to be split up.  Don't worry though, Books will warn you and give you a chance to cancel if you try to do this.




In the toolbar under Home, there are two buttons marked L and R.  Clicking these buttons changes which of the two pages is currently selected, which affects where some elements like panels and backgrounds will be added.  The currently selected page will be indicated with a thicker border.





You'll notice that there is a gap between the blue lines in the center of the two-page spread.  This area (known as the gutter) will be hidden by the binding when the book is printed, so you should avoid putting objects like text and candid photos across it.


Some of the page backgrounds included with Books have left page and right page counterparts to allow you to have one large background for the whole spread.  The two halves will appear not to line up exactly in the page editor, because the part of the background that's in the gutter is repeated to ensure everything lines up properly in the printed book.



Breaking a spread apart


Should you ever decide to split up the two-page spread and edit the pages separately again, simply select one of the spread pages in the page ladder, then click the Pages pull-down menu at the top of the screen and select Break Spread Apart.  You'll get a message warning you that breaking the spread will delete any objects that go across the center fold. If this is acceptable, choose Yes.


You can now edit each page separately again.