How can I find out the dimensions of each photo "slot" so I can reduce pictures to fit in the slot without losing some of the image?
For example, since there are so many pictures, I chose the 16 photos/page option but the only layout available is a "square" type slot. Some of the horizontal images (long matchbooks) get chopped off and the image-size slider is already at the smallest setting. So: what's the size for each slot?
Photo slots do not have "dimensions" - they are a ratio - typically square 1x1 or rectangular 4x3 - You can fit a photo to the frame in most layouts by right clicking on the placed photo and selecting fit to frame
Isn't there some sort of option where you can just drag the images into the page and iphoto will adapt the layout for the image? (But maintaining the maximum number of pictures on each page/layout?
In some layouts for some themes the direction of the frame changes with the placed photo - in others it does not - you simply have to experiment to find the ones that do
This write up on iphoto '09 -- http://www.iphotobookthemes.com/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage -- explains some and shows examples of the '09 layouts - in general those are still valid in '11 and there are lots more
Thanks for your suggestion. I'll try that. To clarify: I do not want to maintain the folders in the book, it was just for my organizational purposes. I was hoping to import the images by folder one by one to add to the book after I've done one color, so the book was organized in the order I set up in the albums...
It's a book of Matchbook covers. I have them organized by main color. I organized them to follow a rainbow structure so I want all the red ones first, then orange, then yellow, etc. Each folder is Red, Orange, Yellow, etc. I wanted to import each folder/color one by one to organize the pics accordingly.
* But even when I do that (one folder by one) when the pictures are in the iBook "project" tab, they are not organized by title (as they are in the iphoto album.
* Is there any way to keep the sorting structure (by title) in the Book project?
* What is the sorting structure in Book projects?
No - you certainly can "work on the images" in Photoshop if you want but you do not have to - in fact the end results are usually better when you do not in my experiance - and as to "filling up the image" there is nothing you can do in PS that you can not do easier in iPhoto -- read the creating your project section of this article and read the links in it - http://store.apple.com/us/help/print_products