Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Assembly.

These are the elements to assemble your own hand-made Valentine in Pages. See how to do it in this earlier post.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

How to extract photos from Pages documents.

A few years ago (in fact, ten! years ago)  I wrote here a about a simple trick that allows you to get a photo out of a Pages document. It's not obvious but quite easy once you know it; and useful because you are probably more likely to remember a Pages document where you used a photo rather than where and under what name the photo is filed and stored.

Once again, in the current version of Pages:

— click on the photo to select it in a Pages document;
— in the Inspector panel click on 'Image';
— click and hold on the photo file icon and drag it to Desktop;
— now you can put it into Photos, send as an attachment, change the file name or use for whatever purposes you'd been looking for it.

There you are, you got back the original photo file in all it's beauty.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watch your word count as you type.

Read this previous post on word count in Pages

Catriona, a reader of this blog, asks:
...I'm submitting an assignment that has a maximum word count and I'm trying to get down to the maximum, so it would be really nice to know when I've got there.

I have written here many times about how to get the word count in Pages. In the current version of Pages 5.6.2. word count is displayed at the bottom left corner of an open document. Make sure that under the View menu in your open Pages document the "Show Word Count" option is activated. 

In the bottom left corner of the document there will be a tab that shows the actual word count as you type. It is a tab which, when you click on it, opens a drop-down menu with options such as characters, paragraphs, line and words. Choose the one that suits your requirement. 

Catriona seems to have more words than she is required to produce to complete her assignment.  In this case, when the text needs to be redacted (cut), go through it paragraph by paragraph, line by line and find what can be left out. Cut and watch the word count automatically change to show the actual number of words. Repeat until you reach your target. 

A few screenshots here show the tab and the menu.

The word count tab —
A small text with the word count tab set to show characters —

Pages View menu with 'Show Word Count' option shown. Slide down to select it and activete — 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In Memory of Nice and Turkey

Horrific events took place in Nice, France, and in Turkey.

In memory of those who died and in solidarity with their families and friends I am republishing here a black remembrance ribbon I designed in Pages some time ago.

On the technical side, it is made of three overlapping edited rectangular shapes, each with different advanced colour fill. 
All the tools are in Pages.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Study after Matisse.

This is a study after Henri Matisse's work Nu bleu IV,  1952. The original, paper clips on paper and pencil, is in the Musée Matisse de Nice in France.

Here I made a copy in Pages tools.

Import shapes from the Shapes menu, make them editable (Format>Shapes and Lines>Make editable). Then reshape them one by one to look like what you see in the Matisse. Change colour with the tools in Colour Viewer (open it with Command+Shift+C).

The first image shows the study, in the second all used shapes are selected, the third shows one of the shapes with editing points and a guide showing.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Quick note to readers.

Thank you for reading this blog and commenting.

In reply to some queries, I would like to confirm that yes, this blog is current and copyrighted throughout, no republishing is permitted without prior written consent from the publisher and author, Alexander Anichkin.

All content and design is original unless stated otherwise. Photos are all by the author, unless stated otherwise. Republished photos are credited and published here with permission where possible.

Frequency, or infrequency of posts is up to the publisher, this is not a regular commercial publication, this is a private blog.

As this blog has been going for many years, many posts obviously relate to older versions of iWork/Pages. Basic techniques and principles remain the same, though menus and icons in the current version of Pages may look different.

I update posts as I go, but if you have a specific question regarding Pages please feel free to contact me through comments. This blog is public and free for readers, but I would appreciate it if you consider making a donation via PayPal.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Licorice and True Black.

Colour Viewer with Crayon Box
For print projects, especially when you deal with commercial (professional) printshops, consider changing default black colour in Pages to whay they call 'true black.'

It gives better quality.

Default black colour in Pages is in fact a composite colour.

In text inspector click on the Colour wheel to open Colour Viewer. It shows the Crayon Box.

Click on Sliders (second icon from left), then click on the drop down menu and choose CMYK.
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (Key colour).

Licorice in CMYK
Drag C, M, Y to zero and K to 100%.

Click away to deselect text and save.

True black

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