Editing your pages - overview


How to edit your pages

Editing your pages is by far the most important step in creating your book.  This is where you will customize your pages to be unique, and filled with your own custom content.  This is the step that will define the look and feel of your book, so be creative!



Open a page in the page editor to customize it with Candids, Clipart, Text, and Panels.


There are three ways to open a page in the page editor.

  1. Double-click the Page Thumbnail.

  2. Click the page to select it, then click the Open Page icon.

  3. Click the page to select it, then press the Enter key on your keyboard.



The work area, toolbars, image browser, and control panel


The page editor is split into four sections:


Work Area (1):  The large white area on the left is your work area:  This represents one page (or two-page spread) of your book.


Setting Toolbar (2):  The series of buttons and controls above the work area.  These allow you to modify the elements on your page, and to save your changes.  


Properties control panel (3):  The series of buttons to the right of the work area.  These features allow you to manipulate the elements that are already on your pages.  Features in this area include formatting text and adding borders or edge effects.


Elements control panel (4):  The area at the far right of the work area.  This section Allows you to place elements such as candid images, backgrounds, templates, and text on to the pages.


You are also able to minimize both the Elements and Properties Toolbars. To do so, simply click on the minimize (-) button in the top right of the respective toolbar.


Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the buttons and controls in each toolbar - each one performs a very specific function, from rotating and cropping images to adding Edge Effects, adding Panels, etc.


Each button's functions are described in detail in this guide, but if you are looking for information on a specific function, use the Search function of this help guide.



The work area

The large white area pictured at left is your work area: this represents one page or two-page spread of your book, so you can lay out all your elements just as they will appear on the printed page.


The grid displayed over the page is optional, and is there only to help you line objects up with each other.  The grid will not print as a part of your final project.  If you would like to turn it off, uncheck the Show Grid checkbox under the Settings tab of the Image Browser.


Notice the grey border around the outside of the page.  This represents your publisher's pre-determined margin settings, and you will not be able to place most objects outside of this area.




The settings toolbar

The toolbar is the series of buttons and controls above the work area. These allow you to make various changes to the content on your page, such as color and alignment, and to save your work.




The element control panel

The element control panel is the series of buttons to the right of the work area.  These allow you to add various types of content to your page, such as pictures, backgrounds, shapes, and text.


How to use each of these tools is discussed within this chapter.


The properties toolbar

The properties toolbar is a series of buttons to the right of the work area.  This panel allows you to manipulate objects already placed on the page. 


How to use each of these tools is discussed within this chapter.


The image browser

The Image Browser will appear whenever you click on Add Picture, Add Clipart, Add Background, Add template and Add Edge Effect.  It was designed to show you a preview of the image, and to allow you to drag-and-drop images and effects from the browser to the workspace.


The Image Browser consists of page controls at the top right, and image controls at the bottom.  It also contains a 'Large' preview mode for all of the design elements.  Each type of image or effect that you wish to apply will change the function of the buttons in the browser.


You can also filter the list of images that you are viewing to only see either used images, unused images, or all images.


For a full description of the operation and buttons on the Image Browser, see the sections on Candid pictures, Effects, Clipart, Backgrounds and templates.