If you’ve ventured into Blurb BookSmart’s “Edit Page Layout” functionality, you know that it’s a pretty handy way to fine-tune – or even create – layouts for your book. If you haven’t, you’ll want to take a look at this handy tutorial, before reading this week’s how-to.
Edit Page Layout lets you add, edit, and enlarge text and image containers. But there are also some alignment buttons that you may not have noticed. These little guys in the upper right of the Edit Page Layout screen, take the guesswork out of lining up your images.
Now that you know what they are, and where they are, here’s how to use them:
1) Select a box. Clicking on a box will give it an orange highlight. Once you’ve selected a box, you can change the alignment using the alignment buttons. (I used the two center alignment buttons – vertical and horizontal – to get my image to exactly the center of the page).
2) Select two or more boxes. Want to align multiple boxes? Just hold down shift and click to your heart’s content.
3) Left, Right, Top, Bottom Alignment, and Center Align. Let’s review the alignment buttons again:
The first set is vertical alignment. From left to right they are Align left, Align center, and Align right. The second set is horizontal alignment and they are Align top, Align center, and Align bottom.
In the example below, I wanted to align my two text boxes to the right. I shift-clicked them to select and then clicked the Align right button.
4) Bring boxes to Front/Send to Back. If you overlap a couple of boxes, you can use these functions to stack the boxes in a certain order. For instance, you may want one image in front of the other, like I did below with my third, overlapping image. Just click one box and send/bring it where you want it.
The best thing to do, is to just plan around with a layout. Remember, you can always click “undo” if you do something you’re not happy with.