Typing Text Correctly


Typing Text "Correctly"

You're going to zoom into your photos perfectly and arrange them just soare you then going to write text that looks downright trashy? Follow a few simple rules to make sure your text looks as good as your pictures and iPhoto layouts (if you don't believe me, compare the example captions to the left). For details, snag a copy of Robin Williams's classic book The Mac is not a typewriter.

Rules for classy looking text:

  • Put only one space after periods, commas, question marks, parentheses, or any other punctuation.

  • Use true quotation marks (" ") instead of double hash marks (" "). To get them, type and .

  • Use true apostrophes (' ') instead of hash marks (' '). To get them, type and .

  • Punctuation goes inside quotes.

  • Instead of double hyphens (--), use an em dash (). Press .

  • If you want to put a copyright symbol (©) in your book instead of (c), get it by typing .

  • To make a list, use bullets (•) rather than asterisks (*). To type a bullet, press .

  • In text boxes that have relatively long lines of text, edit to prevent the last line from containing only a single word.

  • Avoid underlining text. Instead, use italics, which may require that you select an italic version of the font you're using.

  • Use uppercase sparingly, and only in titles. Uppercase text is hard to read.

The Wrong Way

Here it's a cold afternoon in March. Mary is gazing out over the GRAND CANYON at sunset--check out the sweater Grandma Bunny actually knitted for her. The other folks in this picture are:

  • My friend Samuel from work.

  • Mary's cousin JoAnn.

  • JoAnn's husband, who goes by "Chuck".

Copyright (c) 2006 Joe Schmoe


The Right Way

Here it's a cold afternoon in March. Mary is gazing out over the Grand Canyon at sunsetcheck out the sweater Grandma Bunny actually knitted for her. The other folks in this picture are:

  • My friend Samuel from work.

  • Mary's cousin JoAnn.

  • JoAnn's husband, who goes by "Chuck."

Copyright © 2006 Joe Schmoe





iPhoto 6 for Mac OS X. Visual QuickStart Guide
iPhoto 6 for Mac OS X
ISBN: 0321423313
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 225
Authors: Adam Engst

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