I want to put together a reasonably simple book of text, interspersed with drawings and a few "full bleed" photos. Is Apple’s Pages app robust enough, or will I have to wade into learning InDesign?
I would like to put together a simple book of a friend's travel postcards, interspersing pages of text with her drawings, as well as a few "full bleed" photos.
I stumbled across a book who's basic layout I love and would like to do something similar. You can see the basic layout here
[link to a photo on Flickr showing the layout of a few pages with the non-text areas highlighted in red]
The basic layout (on the book measuring 8 7/16" h x 5 7/8" w)
seems to be 4.5" text margins on the verso
, 3.25" margins on the recto
, with any text-adjacent images just skootching the text over as needed. And then a few full bleed (whole page) photos. But, never having done this before, I'm not sure how difficult creating a "simple layout" might turn out to be.
I have access to both Pages
, but would prefer to use Pages if possible (just 'cause I feel it would be more intuitive and user-friendly). Can Pages do layout like this? Can Pages do full bleeds? Would I be able to set up a handful of page templates and then just drop in the images and text? (The book would be printed via a POD service
(blurb/lulu) so I'm thinking I could upload the book as a PDF)
If Pages won't handle a layout like this, does this sound like something that would this be easily do-able for someone who's never used InDesign before? Lastly, if I do
need to go the InDesign route, do you have a suggestion for a good How To...
guide that you've used or heard about?
Thanks for reading, and for any suggestions.