Step 1 of 7: Intro
There are lots of surprises hidden inside Pages’ interface, but one of the most intriguing is the capacity for working with shapes and other objects on the page. While it’s reasonably easy to get the hang of how to add and edit content such as text and photographs, getting a firm grasp of how to work with shapes can help to transform your workflow. Better still, your designs will take on an extra edge as you add more complex shapes in order to complement anything from a flyer through to a poster.
Perhaps the best examples of shapes that can be dynamically altered ‘on the fly’ to produce new designs are the normally rather humdrum straight line and the star. These two objects – once you’ve mastered how to edit them with fingertip precision – can help to revolutionise the way you put together your documents. Add in other more conventional page elements, such as stylishly formatted text and eye-catching images, and you’ll soon be producing designs that can rival many more advanced desktop publishing packages – and all from within the mobile environment.
An often-overlooked aspect of Pages is that it’s possible to create complex graphics in other applications and then import them into your design. If you want to use a logo or freehand creation, simply load it into Camera Roll when you next connect to your main computer.
Time required: 1 hour
What you need:
iOS 5.1 or later