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Formal

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

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iPhoto's Formal theme is what you might expect for a wedding album, with either pin stripes or textured paper with colored bits of confetti. Each photo page can have the photos sunk in a pseudo-frame or floating on the top of the page. The cover allows for one full cover, one large, or three images and there is a standard Inside flap. The Formal layout has a special Introduction page with optional photo along with the standard three introduction pages. It also has layouts for one, two, three, four, and six photos, as well as a blank page and maps page. Optima is used for the cover but Cochin is the font used throughout the interior of the book.

Changes in iPhoto '09

As with other themes, there are three new introduction (or text) pages and the ability to create maps pages in the Formal layout in iPhoto '09. In addition, three of the existing introduction pages have been eliminated while the fourth has been retained. Details below.

Summary of Outside Layouts

Summary of Inside Layouts

Backgrounds

The Formal theme offers either pseudo-handmade confetti paper or pin stripes for the backgrounds for the outside and adds the Photo Background option (formerly Palm Tree) to let you use any image you want for the background of the inside pages.

Cover Examples

With the full bleed layout, photos are cropped to fit the cover (below left). If you'd rather, you can choose Fit Photo to Frame to get the original orientation (right).

With one photo and caption, the original orientation determines the layout and the placement of the caption:

With three photos, you get one large one on the left and two stacked on the right. Their original orientation is maintained but doesn't drastically affect the layout:

Introduction Examples

There is one extra introduction page in the Formal theme in addition to the three standard introduction pages. While the standard introduction pages offer a header with a paragraph of text, a paragraph of text on its own, and two columns of text, respectively, the special Formal introduction page has a space for a (floating) photo alongside a block of text, that by default displays with the frilly Zapfino font.

Basically, this is a one-photo layout with the photo to the side of the text, instead of above it as with the actual one-photo layouts. The layout changes slightly depending on the original orientation of the photo.

In earlier versions of iPhoto (pre 09), there were two introduction pages with just text, one with a sunken frame and one with a floating one. These no longer exist. There were also two introduction pages with photos, again, one with a sunken frame and the other with a floating one. Only the floating one remains.

One-photo Layout Examples

There are seven possible one-photo layouts: a full bleed, a sunken frame with or without text, a floating photo with or without text and those mosaic-like photos with or without text. As usual, the one-photo layouts change according to the original orientation of the photos, i.e., horizontal photos are displayed horizontally and vertical photos are shown vertically. Shown below on the left is a sunken horizontal photo with confetti background; on the right there is a floating vertical photo on pin stripes.

Note that the special Introduction page described above could also be considered a one-photo layout.

Two-photo Layout Examples

There are only four two-photo layouts: sunken frames with or without text and floating photos with or without text. The original orientation of the photos is maintained. Shown below on the left are sunken frames around a horizontal and vertical photo on a confetti background; on the right there are two floating horizontal photos on pin stripes.

Three-photo Layout Examples

We have the same general options with the three-photo layouts: sunken frames or floating photographs, with or without captions, on confetti or pin stripes.

Three verticals are displayed in equal sizes, while three horizontals feature one larger than the other two:

When you mix horizontals and verticals, the vertical gets the large frame, and the other two are stacked to the right. I find it annoying that a layout of two verticals and one horizontal (at left below) and one vertical, two horizontals (at right) almost, but don't quite line up at the bottom. It's not dependent on frame style or text, they just don't line up.

Four-photo Layout Examples

While the four-photo layouts have the same options as other layouts (sunken or floating, confetti or pin stripes), they have rigid frames that don't maintain the orientation of photos. All photos are shown in a horizontal frame, and are cropped to fit where necessary.

Six-photo Layout Examples

Six-photo layouts are equally rigid. Regardless of the original orientation of the photos, there are always three stacks of two photos, from left to right: horizontal over vertical frame, vertical over horizontal frame, and horizontal over vertical frame. Photos are cropped to fit, and the Fit Photo to Frame Size is not available.

You can, as usual, choose sunken vs. floating, confetti vs. pin stripes, and caption vs. no caption.

Earlier Versions

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


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


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