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Working with Photos and Images

One important feature that distinguishes Apple software from many other products is how easily you can use graphics and video in the documents you create. It's probably not surprising for you to see Pages templates with photo placeholders in them, and it certainly makes sense that Keynote templates often include photos. In today's world, you expect images in word processing documents and presentations. But spreadsheets? Take a look at the Numbers templates to see how the people at Apple are suggesting you rethink your understanding of spreadsheets.

Photos, images, and video can be added - easily and productively - to any iWork for iPad document. There are two ways to do this:

  • Use the Insert button at the right of the toolbar.
  • Use a template that includes a placeholder image.

Using a template with a placeholder image requires one more step than using the Insert button. Here's how this process works:

  1. Create a document based on a template that includes a placeholder image.
    Some templates contain several placeholder images.
  2. Tap the placeholder button to open a list of your photo albums.
    You can browse photos you have saved on your iPad as well as albums you have created in iPhoto and synchronized to your iPad. Select the image you want to use instead of the placeholder.
  3. Double-tap the image to show the masking control which lets you adjust the size of the image.
  4. Adjust the slider to change the image mask.
    The slider adjusts the size of the image. It starts with the image the same size as the frame, but if you move the slider all the way to the right, the image is shown dimly filling the entire screen. You can drag the image around so that the part you want is inside the frame. You can also use the eight handles on the frame to change its size and shape. This is a hands-on way to handle tasks such as cropping images. Rest assured that the original image file is unchanged by these steps: you are only changing the image's appearance within the document.
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