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Contemporary

Table of Contents
Changes in iPhoto '09
Summary of Outside Layouts
Summary of Inside Layouts
Backgrounds
Cover Examples
One-photo Layout Examples
Two-photo Layout Examples
Three-photo Layout Examples
Earlier versions

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The Contemporary theme offers few layouts, but they are clean and sleek with lots of open white space. Hoefler Text is the font used throughout.

Changes in iPhoto '09

Like with other layouts, three introduction (or text) pages and the ability to create maps have been added to the Contemporary theme in iPhoto '09. In addition, a layout flaw in the three-photo layout has also been resolved.

Summary of Outside Layouts

Contemporary covers can have one full-bleed photo, or one, two, or three photos with a caption. The inside flap has the standard options: empty, photo, photo with text, just text.

Summary of Inside Layouts

Backgrounds

The Contemporary theme offers just white and dark gray for the backgrounds for the outside and adds the Photo Background (formerly Palm Tree) to let you use any image you want for the background of the inside pages.

Cover Examples

The cover can have one, two, or three photos. There is a full bleed photo layout (not shown). The one-photo layout depends on the original orientation of the photo you use:

With two photos, you can either have two thin slices of horizontally-oriented photos on top of one another, one large horizontal and one vertical, or two large verticals (depending on the original orientation of your photos):

The three-photo layout has three rigid vertical frames. Photos are cropped to fit:

One-photo Layout Examples

There are four one-photo layouts in the Contemporary theme. The first is the standard, full-bleed photo (not shown). The second features a large photo with a caption. Both horizontal and vertical photos leave the same large amount of white space (and thus horizontal photos are displayed larger than vertical ones).

The third one-photo layout has a square frame, and automatically crops non-square photos to fit (i.e., most of them).

The interesting part is that the square layout has the same upper and lower margins as the horizontal and vertical ones, so they work well opposite one another:

My favorite one-photo layout in the Contemporary theme, however, is the panorama (below left). Both horizontal and vertical shots are cropped to fit (and thus vertical photos have to have lots of extra pixels to print properly). The panorama still has the same amount of white space above and below, making it a good fit with the square frame layout (below right).

Two-photo Layout Examples

The two-photo layouts offer two vertical photos with the same white space above and below as the square-framed one-photo layout:

If you place one horizontal and one vertical, the spacing is also similar to the square-framed one-photo layout, with the vertical taking up only about one third of the width of the page, and both photos bleeding on the edges.

Finally, if you use two horizontal photos, they have the same white space above, but additional space below (as compared with the square frame):

Three-photo Layout Examples

With three photos, if you lay them horizontally, they are naturally squished and can't fill the whole space. If you mix in vertical photos, these have the same white space as other layouts.

In earlier versions of iPhoto there was a bad flaw in the three-photo layout: there was a fine white space between the left two photos but no space between the right two photos. This looks like it has been resolved in iPhoto '09.

Earlier Versions

Here's my description of the Contemporary theme in iPhoto '08.


If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


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