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Crayon '08

Table of Contents
Summary of Outside Layouts
Summary of Inside Layouts
Backgrounds
Cover Examples
One-photo Layout Examples
Two-photo Layout Examples
Three-photo Layout Examples
Four-photo Layout Examples
Six-photo Layout Examples

Note: The description of the Crayon theme has been updated for iPhoto '09.

The Crayon theme is characterized by colored chalk-like frames on textured backgrounds of six different colors. Curiously, the color of the frames depends on the original orientation of the photos as well as the number of photos per page. The whole theme has a decidedly juvenile feel to it. There are one-, two-, three-, four-, and six-photo layouts, along with a standard Introduction? and blank page. Captions are available with most layouts. Text is set in Papyrus and Optima.

Summary of Outside Layouts

Summary of Inside Layouts

Backgrounds

The Crayon theme offers six pseudo-textured bright colors (including white) for the backgrounds for the outside and adds the Palm Tree to let you use any image you want for the background of the inside pages.

Cover Examples

There is a full-bleed one-photo layout which frankly works in a pretty standard way. I don't show it here.

The one-photo layout for the cover depends on the original orientation of the photo:

The three-photo cover layout has three rigid frames: one large vertical on the left and two smaller stacked horizontal frames on the right. Photos are cropped to fit.

One-photo Layout Examples

There is a full-bleed layout which is pretty standard (not shown). Layouts 2 (below left) and 3 (below right) look a lot like Snapshots. There have floating simple frames with or without captions that maintain the original orientation of the photos:

Layout 4 (below left) offers the chalky frames. Horizontal pictures get blue frames and vertical ones get purple frames. Layout 5 (below right) is the same but adds a caption.

Two-photo Layout Examples

The first two two-photo layouts offer colored chalk frames. If you use two horizontal photos, you'll get pink frames. Two vertical photos will be displayed in yellow frames. If you have one of each orientation, you'll get green frames:

The second layout offers the same options, but with an added caption. Note that the caption is in white text on all background colors except white (in which it's black).

Layout 3 offers simple slanted, floating frames. Two verticals are shown next to each other, at about the same size. Two horizontals are shown kitty-corner, also at equal sizes.

With two differently-oriented photos, the vertical one is a fair bit larger:

Layout 4 is practically the same as 3 but adds a caption. The photos are adjusted a bit to leave room for the text. With two differently-oriented photos, the vertical one is a fair bit larger:

Layout 5, out of the blue, offers us something completely new, not available in any other layout I've seen: a title and a block of text under a layout that otherwise looks a lot like Layout 4:

Three-photo Layout Examples

The three-photo layouts sport three rigid frames, two stacked horizontal to the left, one with a green frame and one with a blue one, and one large vertical to the right in a yellow frame. Photos are cropped to fit. Layout 2 (below right) is the same except for the added caption.

Layouts 3 and 4 offer simple floating equal size frames that maintain the original orientation of your photos, the first without a caption, the second with.

Four-photo Layout Examples

The four-photo layouts are very similar to the ones with three photos. Layout 1 has four rigid frames: one large vertical with green chalk to the left, two small verticals with purple chalk frames in the upper right and one medium horizontal with pink chalk under the small verticals. Photos are cropped to fit. Layout 2 is the same but adds a caption.

Layouts 3 and 4 offer simple, floating, equal-size frames that maintain the original orientation of your photos, the first without a caption, the second with:

Six-photo Layout Examples

The six-photo layouts have a few problems in my opinion. They are made up of three rows of one horizontal and one vertical photo each, alternating which is on the top. So far so good. The problem is that each of the six frames has a different color frame, which means that unless you use a white background, one of the frames will blend in with your background. Not pretty. And if that weren't enough, Layout 1 has a bizarre bottom-left vertical frame that is narrower than both the horizontal photo above it and the other vertical frames on the page. The error does not occur in Layout 2 which is otherwise essentially the same, except for the added caption.

Layouts 3 and 4 are pretty standard: simple, floating, equal-size frames that maintain the original orientation of your photos, one without a caption, one with:


If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


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