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June 15 2016 Digital Art and Design Newsletter

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iBooks Author Building Book Title Layout
Now that we have an understanding of how iBooks Author works and what to expect in the template, we can begin to turn that template into your storybook. We will be working from the front to the back of your book.

Character Development Design by Mary Begin
In this video training course entitled Character Development and Design, at, Mary Jane Begin discusses both her own and other artistís create their characters.

Custom iBooks Author Table of Contents
As most early reader books are short, the number one customization requested by my BellaOnline readers is to change the default Table of Contents page in iBooks Author. After reviewing sample books in the iBooks Store, I noticed that many childrenís books omitted the iBA TOC page.

iBooks Author and Meta Data
The first task you have when creating a book in iBooks Author is to give titles to the chapter and sections of your book which will determine the Table of Contents. In the Book Pane are the pages that create the foundation of your book, as they contain hidden code, called meta data.

The iBooks Author Template
All iBA templates contain several chapter, section and page layouts. As in traditional books, an iBA book chapter contains sections and those sections contain pages. Letís discuss just what you will find in any iBooks Author template and the extras I have added to my template for childrenís books.

iBooks Author Placeholder Magic
iBooks Author placeholders make creating your own storybook as easy as dragging and dropping. Each layout in a template has the graphic and text placeholders already position on the page. You can use these as is or rearrange or delete them.

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