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Simple Border

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
Four-photo Layout Examples
Earlier versions

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The Simple Border theme is characterized by a thick white border around all the photos. There are layouts for one, two, three and four photos, along with the standard three introduction pages, a Chapter page, a maps? page and a blank page. The Gill Sans font is used throughout.

If you'd rather a double black line around your photos, try the otherwise identical Line Border layout. If you want a lightly jagged, thick border, try the otherwise identical Texture Border.

Changes in iPhoto '09

The only changes to the Simple Border layout in iPhoto '09 are the addition of three introduction (or text) pages and the ability to create maps. As far as I can tell, everything else has remained the same.

Summary of Outside Layouts

The cover can be a full bleed, or have one, three, our four photos and a title. The inside flap is standard: photo and/or text.

Summary of Inside Layouts

The Simple Border layout includes and Introduction and Chapter page, layouts with one, two, three, and four photos, and a blank page. Text is in Gill Sans Light by default.

Backgrounds

The Simple theme offers four very light, pastel colors and white 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

You can have one full-bleed, one large, three or four photos on the cover with the Simple theme. If you choose one large photo, you get the title at the top and a subheader below the photo, which maintains its original orientation:

The three-photo layout has three rigid frames: one large vertical to the left and two medium horizontals stacked on the right. The title continues above and there is room for a subheader below. Photos are cropped to fit:

The four-photo layout is equally rigid with four horizontal frames. Photos are cropped to fit. Don't forget you can move them around in their frames to display the part of the photo you want.

One-photo Layout Examples

You can either fill the page, or choose a large one-photo layout with or without a caption. The original orientation of the photo affects how big it is on the page. In this example, there is a vertical photo on the left and a horizontal photo on the right. With the full bleed layout, both are zoomed and cropped to fill the page completely.

If you right-click one of the images and choose "Fill Photo to Frame Size", the image will fill the layout but won't be zoomed or cropped. Notice that the amount your horizontal images will be cropped depends on their original proportion with the size of your photo book. The one shown was quite close.

Or you can choose the large size one-photo layout, which depends on the orientation of the original photo. You can choose to use it with or without the caption.

Two-photo Layout Examples

Two photo layouts depend on the original orientation of the photos. They can have a caption. Here you can see two horizontal, two vertical, and then one of each:

Three-photo Layout Examples

Three horizontals are laid out with one large photo over two smaller ones. Three verticals are displayed at the same size, side-by-side.

One vertical with two stacked horizontals; one really large horizontal with two small stacked verticals.

With two verticals and one horizontal, you get a big vertical next to the stacked smaller versions of the horizontal and vertical. The latter two can be interchanged.

But when you have two horizontal and one vertical, you can either have a small horizontal and vertical over a larger horizontal or a large vertical next to two stacked horizontals. (But you can't move the vertical to the left in the first example.)

Four-photo Layout Examples

Four-photo layouts are a little tricky because not only does the original orientation of the photos affect the layout, but the order in which you add the photos can determine the layout as well. Let's start out with a single vertical and a single horizontal shot. Notice that the vertical is large with three small stacked horizontals, but the horizontal is one of four equally sized horizontals:

If you add a horizontal photo to either layout, the layout works as you expect: filling the frame with the horizontal photo:

But if you add a vertically oriented photo, it is cropped to fit in the horizontal frame:

If you like, click one of the shoe-horned vertical photos to get the resize and move controls and then move them around inside their horizontal frames:

If you add another vertical photo, it too is cropped and shoe-horned into the horizontal frame:

I'll at least move it a bit within its frame so you can see the spire:

Now if you start moving the photos around, you'll see that you can't always get back to the layouts you had when you started. For example, four horizontals will always jump back to evenly spaced and sized horizontals. But if you add a vertical, the vertical is cropped: it doesn't always switch to the one large vertical with three stacked horizontals. To get the large vertical, you can try putting the vertically oriented photo in the upper left, or start the layout with the vertical and then add the horizontals.

There is also a final possibility with one vertical and three horizontals: a smaller vertical in the bottom left corner and three evenly sized horizontals. To get there, start with the large vertical and three horizontals and then switch the bottom right horizontal with the vertical:

Another way to get there is to start with four horizontals and add the vertical into the bottom-left position.

Earlier Versions

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


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


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