Making Pages with Pages

Are you a business owner who wants to be able to design beautiful ways to show off your work, but you just don’t have the money or know how to use Adobe inDesign?  You can’t see but my hand’s in the air!  Today I would like to go through my ENTIRE process of how I make flyers with Pages [Apple’s version of Microsoft Word].  It works BRILLIANTLY for me, and since I already have it, it’s much cheaper than paying the full amount of Adobe’s InDesign.


If this is something you’re interested in, GREAT!!!  Keep reading!  But, know from the start that as with anything, there is a good learning curve here.  Once you get the hang of it though it can be pretty fun to mess with!



So, what will we be going through?

1. I’ll talk about how to add, resize, and “mask” images.

2. We’ll look at how you can add shapes to create layers, background, and borders.

3. We’ll move onto how to change colors.  Specifically, I’ll talk about how I use Pages’ simple features to apply my branding colors into images using the “dropper tool.”  And finishing off colors, we’ll talk about lowering the opacity of shapes to put brand colors on top of images [you’ll understand when you see it].

4. I’ll explain adding text to pages while also overcoming the automatic wrapping feature.

5. We’ll go through how you can use edge and center locking features to align things properly.

6. Pages has a MAGNIFICENT grouping feature that makes designing specific parts of your pages a BREEZE.

7. Once you’re done, you simply export using the share option in the main menu to create a PDF.  So, naturally I’ll also show how to turn this PDF into a JPEG for you to use anywhere that doesn’t accept PDFs [Instagram].

8. For anyone who plans to create multi-page documents, I’ll explain my process on how I do mine.  As with all this, at first it may not seem all that officiant, but once you get rolling with the steps, you’ll be able to create just about anything!

BONUS: Just so you are aware, there are A FEW limitations with Pages that I haven’t found an awesome way of getting past in program.  Most things I’ve found a way around, but these couple things are still posing some challenge.  I’ll go through those so that you can know from the outset of diving in.





ADDING – We’ll start VERY simple.  To add an image into Pages, simply drag and drop the image from any folder directly onto the page.  =P  DONE!  Five points for you!


RESIZING – Now, let’s say you need the image to be bigger or smaller.  By holding SHIFT while grabbing any of the expander rectangles, you can keep the dimensions of the image the same while resizing it.


MASKING – Let’s say that that you have a rectangle image and you need it to be a different shape such as a square or even a circle!
First, left click the image.  Then, under “Format” in the main menu, find where it says “Mask” and “Mask with Shape.”  Here, you can choose from a number of options.  Once you’ve chosen an option, most of your image will grey out except for a smaller shape inside the image.  Enlarge/Stretch/Play with that box until you have what you want.  Then, click anywhere else, and you image will be “cropped.”  This isn’t permanent though!  If you need to make changes, just click the image again and choose “Edit Mask.”  It’s fantastic and so easy to do!






ADDING – Now, here’s where it gets straight up FUN design wise.  To find your shape options, find the little green square toolbar widget.


RESIZING – There are a lot of uses for ALL of these things, which I will go over one at a time.  First, let me use the rectangle to describe all the possibilities here!  Open the shapes menu and select the rectangle.  A green rectangle with a black outline will appear.  Resize it just as you would normally by grabbing the little white squares on the corners/sides.


LAYERS – It’s very easy to decide to change what image goes in front of what.  By right-clicking a shape you can select “bring forward” or “send backward.”


BORDERS – To create borders INSIDE shapes, place down the shape with your wanted background color and remove the border.  Then, make a new rectangle and remove the inside color, changing your border color to whatever you wish.






BRANDING – So, you can add shapes.  Fantastic!  Now how do you add your branding colors into that?  When I decided on my branding colors, I created my own branding file containing all of my colors and fonts [if you got your website made by a graphic designer, they will have this somewhere].  That way, if I need a color, all I have to do is just use the dropper tool to grab it.


DROPPER TOOL – To change the colors into your specific colors, click your shape.  Then, select the color box at the top of the image.  Once here, click the “Show Colors.”  Look for the little dropper tool at the bottom of that little window.  I LOVE this tool!  Using it, you can select specific PIXELS of color.  Play with it.  Using your reference page, click on your brand color and the shape will become your brand.






ADDING – Want to add text?!  Easy.  Simple place a rectangle, and change the background and outline colors of the shape to blank.  Then, type away!  If you highlight the text, you can change the colors just like shapes.  You can also, center align the text inside the rectangle to create headers and the like!


WRAPPING – This doesn’t come up until you add text, but when adding ANYTHING onto the document, make sure you have them set to where nothing will… adjust because something is in front of it.  Yeah… that doesn’t make sense.  You’ll see what I mean when you put a shape on top of text.


To stop the text from wrapping around texts, set the shapes to no wrapping mode!  This way the text won’t wrap around things, meaning you can put shapes on top of text and it not matter.  Why would you want to do it?!  Because then you can do stuff like THIS!!!






So, you’ve got your text and you have shapes, and you have pictures.  Now, how do you combine all these in an organized way?!  Do you want to line up some font at the top middle of the page?  Have pictures all the same size that you’re trying to create a grid?


There are two options here.  You can line up by the center of images or by edges.  Both are incredibly useful!  For placing headers on the page, simply select this option, center weight your text, and the Page document will show you EXACTLY where the middle is!  It will even show you where the middle of a shape is, too!






My last big design tip is grouping.  After you do all the steps above for a while, you’ll end up with a LOT of pieces.  You’ll have multiple text boxes, outline boxes with no fill colors, masked pictures, and it can all get kind of hard to keep track of!  So, this is where grouping comes into play!


Select the pieces you want to stay locked together, and then click the grouping button!  Now, those pieces become one cohesive unit that can be moved around together.  Want to make a change to that piece?  Simply copy and paste it into a new page document, make the changes, regroup it, and place it back in to the original!





One thing I realized pretty quickly is that not all websites will accept PDF format.  The easiest way to overcome this for photographers is to open the PDF file you’ve created and then under file choose “Export.”  Here you can convert it to a JPEG.






CONSTRUCTION – To create multipage things, design each page inside its own page document, group the page, and then center weight it onto a “full version” document.









I finally did it!  Not only have I ACTUALLY finished this video describing how I use Pages for various designing things, but I have also completed my first vlog!  Or… well… I guess this counts as a vlog… though it’s not the most interesting topic… so maybe I won’t count this one for that.  Either way though, it’s done!!!

To God be the glory,

daniel jackson

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