Create Your Own iPhoto Page Layouts

When making a book in Apple’s iPhoto, you’re not limited to the page designs provided by iPhoto. You can use any program to create a page, including QuarkXPress. Here’s how:

  • Create a page in QuarkXPress the same size as the other pages in the iPhoto book you’re making. Fill it with photos, backgrounds, and other art.
  • Export the page from QuarkXPress in PDF format, making sure to keep the full resolution of imported images.
  • Open the PDF in Photoshop, Graphic Converter, or any other suitable image conversion utility, and save it as a 300 ppi full-quality JPEG. (Quality level 10, 11 or 12 should do it.)
  • Then add the file to your iPhoto book: select the page you’d like to replace, set the Page Type menu to One, and then drag your page image file onto the page. It will print at exactly the same quality as all other pages.

This technique can spruce up the opening page, or any page that needs a little special “something”.