iBooks Author: Create or modify a layout

Create or modify a layout

You can modify a layout or create a new customized layout for your book. When you modify a layout, you can apply the changes to existing chapters, sections, or pages that were based on the original layout. For example, if you change the size of an image in a Chapter layout, you can have all pages using the Chapter layout update to the new image size, without having to change each page individually.

If you want to use a modified layout for future chapters or sections but don’t want to change your existing layouts to the modified layout, you can create a new layout. You can also apply a new layout to selected existing pages.

Apply layout modifications to all pages based on the layout

  1. Click the View button in the toolbar and choose Show Layouts.

  2. In the Layouts pane, select the layout you want to modify.

  3. Modify the layout any way you like by adding or formatting placeholder text, images, and objects.

  4. In the Layouts pane, click Apply Changes.

Note: You can’t apply layout modifications in ePub templates.

Create a new layout

Each chapter, section, and page has multiple layouts available (one-column, two-column, and so on). You can create more layouts for any of these elements. The easiest way to create a new layout is to duplicate a layout and then modify it.

  1. Click the View button in the toolbar and choose Show Layouts.

  2. In the Layouts pane, select a layout you want to start from.

    To see more layouts, scroll down in the Layouts pane.

  3. Click Add Layout in the toolbar.

    A new layout appears in the Layouts pane with “copy” at the end of its name.

  4. To rename the layout, double-click its name and type a new name.

Change a page’s layout

In portrait and landscape templates, you can apply a new layout to a single page for a different look.

  1. Click the View button in the toolbar and choose Page Thumbnails.

  2. In the Book pane, hold your pointer over a page (not the first page of a chapter or section), click the triangle, and choose a page layout from the pop-up menu.

Published Date: Dec 7, 2016
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