Pages - frames, styles, etc for photo objects?

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  1. cleo macrumors 65816

    cleo

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    I just got iWork and have been playing around a bit -- Pages is simply amazing. However, I'm wondering: I see where I can add a stroke and/or shadow to an image, but is there any way to add frames or, for example, that look where it looks like the photo has been scotch-taped to the page or is a Polaroid? Or would I have to make those effects myself in Photoshop first?
     
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000

    kgarner

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    You'll have to create those effects in Photoshop I am afraid. The layout tools are great, but it is not as full featured as an InDesign or Quark that will let you create your own effects right in the program itself. But Pages is great for the price.
     
  3. cleo thread starter macrumors 65816

    cleo

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    Aw, shucks. That seems odd to me, as the included templates are so photo-heavy and Pages is being marketed as much more than a standard word-processor. Oh well, I'm sure future versions will contain more options (heh, remember iPhoto 1?), and it won't hurt to brush up on my effects skills in PS. Thanks!
     
  4. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

    jsalzer

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    Your good friend transparency

    Whelp - for the scotch tape thing, if you get a tiff of scotch tape, just put it over the image (in Pages), lower its opacity, then group it with the object. Nice and simple.

    Nice frames - make a rectangle. Give it a wood-grain tile. Give it a black shadow at 315 degrees with a decent offset and blur (6 and 10?). Put the picture inside it. Give the picture a white shadow at 315 degrees with a low offset and a low blur (to make it look inset - start with 2 and 2, then play). Group the whole thing. Rotate it 15 degrees or so. Bam - you have a beautiful picture in a frame.

    Photoshop handily avoided (granted, I only spent 10 minutes trying to learn it before throwing my hands up, but you may not be as afraid of it.)
     

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