ONLINE MANUAL

6. Design Area

6-1 Overview of Design Area

Layouts are created in AsukaBook Maker 2 by arranging images and text in the design area.

6-1-1 Design Area - Book Case
(NeoClassic Book, DVD Presentation Book, Zen Impact books, and Book Bound LX, FLX and EXD)

If the book type includes a designable book case, the Book Case spread is the first template in the design.

6-1-2 Design Area - Cover
(NeoClassic Book, DVD Presentation Book, Zen EX and Hard Cover, and Book Bound EXD, EX, Hard Cover and Soft Cover)

If the book type does not include a designable book case, the Cover spread is the first template in the design.

6-1-3 Design Area - Page Spreads

The first and last page of the book will be single page spreads, but all other inside spreads are of two pages.

6-1-4 Finish Size and Trimming

The design areas have trimming or wrapping areas, gutter or spine areas. All Book Bound books also include some barcode areas except for the EXD line.

Please note, slight shifting may occur in production when the book case or cover is wrapped or pages are trimmed.

Click HERE for more information about where to place images and text, as well as where not to place images and text, in relation to the caution areas when laying out a design for an actual printed AsukaBook.

6-2 Basic Functions

The basic functions for moving and sizing objects including images, text, or graphics in the design area are explained below.

6-2-1 Moving Objects

Select an object in the design area and then drag it to another location in the design area. Alternatively, after selecting an object, you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move it.

6-2-2 Transforming Images Within an Image Frame or Template

Select an image and move your mouse to the center of the image to bring up the Image Tools. The Image Tools will allow you to rotate, move or zoom in or out the image not altering the set size of image.

6-2-3 Enlarging/Reducing Object Size

Select an object you want to enlarge or reduce the size of, and then place the cursor on the edge of the object and drag the edge in or out to enlarge or reduce the size of the object. The aspect ratio is maintained when an image (not a shape) is enlarged or reduced in the design area.

6-3 Rulers and Guides

Rulers and guides can be used in the design area to help align and balance a design.

6-3-1 Using the Ruler

To turn Rulers on, go to Document > Show Rulers or use a shortcut key, Cmd + R for Mac or Ctrl + R for PC. You may also select the unit of measurement from inch, mm, pixel or % by going to Document > Ruler Units or right-clicking on the ruler. In addition, you may change the initial origin point in the design area by dragging the initial origin point in the upper left hand corner of the design area into the design area. While moving the origin, you will see the ruler move along with the movement of the mouse.

6-3-2 Using Guides

To turn Guides on, go to Document > Show Guides or use a shortcut key, Cmd + : for Mac or Ctrl + : for PC. You can then drag from the ruler and drop a guide into the design area.

To remove a guide, you can drag it back into the parallel ruler or right-click it and slect 'Delete.'

To change the position of a guide that has already been created, you may select the guide and drag it up and down or right and left in the design area, or you may right-click the guide and manually enter the placement of the guide.

Guides will be saved when a book file is saved.

6-3-2 Snap to Guides

You can snap objects to a guide or snap guides to an object. To turn the Snap to Guide feature on, go to Document > Snap to Guides. You can then drag from the ruler and drop a guide into the design area.

You can attach objects to a guide at the following places...

  1. The borders of objects.
  2. The center of objects.
  3. The origin points of objects.

You can attach a guide to the following places...

  1. The gutter of a two-page spread.
  2. The gutter of a single page.
  3. Both borders of the spine of a cover.
  4. The borders of objects.
  5. The center of objects.

On a side note, even if a guide has not been created, images, text, and shapes will always snap to the outer edges of the spreads (edge of the canvas), regardless of if the Snap to Guide feature is turned on.

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