Table of Contents
Changes in iPhoto '09
Summary of Outside Layouts
Summary of Inside Layouts
Cover Examples
Introduction Page Examples
Maps Page Examples
One-photo Layout Examples
Two-photo Layout Examples
Three-photo Layout Examples
Four-photo Layout Examples
Five-photo Layout Examples
Six- and Seven-photo Layout Examples
Earlier versions

The Travel theme is characterized by passport-style stamps on rich colored backgrounds. It has a multitude of map pages and a couple special four-photo layouts with postcards. The cover and inside flap offer a variety of layouts, and there are also Introduction and blank pages, as well as interior layouts for one, two, three, four, five, six, and even seven photos, all of which have options with captions. The Didot font is used for all but a few instances, namely on the postcard where they also use Bradley Hand Script and Georgia.

On the left in the example below is a single photo with stamped beige background. On the right is the new four-photo layout with a postcard but no paper scrap as in the old version.


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All the photos that I've used in these examples come from a trip to Legoland in Denmark. So, even when you're looking at the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the US Capitol Building, not to mention all the villages and other monuments, it's really all in Denmark, and all made out of tiny little plastic bricks. I love that place!

Changes in iPhoto '09

The bulk of the changes to iPhoto '09's themes can be found here in Travel. First, there are now nine additional rich background colors in addition to the photo background. This is a welcome addition to having to choose between manila-folder-yellow and craft-paper-orange.

Next, there are now eight different introduction layouts (generally all variations on the three standard introduction pages), no fewer than 20 map layouts, combining all sizes of maps with and without photos and text, and then several additional layouts for each number of photos, including a brand new set of layouts for groups of five photos. Each type of layout has at least one option with a text box (in contrast to earlier versions of Travel which was downright stingy with respect to text boxes).

Since all the layouts are more or less variations on a theme, it seems like at some point, it might make sense to offer a dialog box that lets you choose a layout by selecting various options: number of photos, rigid or variable frames, caption or no, map or no, etc. This would make it easy to select the options you want instead of having to hunt around for the little icon that matches your idea. Instead, at least in this version, we're getting very long menus.

Summary of Outside Layouts

The Travel layout's cover has one of nine gorgeous background colors with one, two, three, four, or six photos at jaunty angles and a text box for a caption. You can also choose a single photo for a full bleed, with or without a caption.

The inside flap is also more generous than most offering a completely plain background, one with travel-theme stamps, one with a photo, one with text and a photo, and one with just text.

Summary of Inside Layouts

The inside layouts in the Travel theme offer jauntily-angled photos on rich backgrounds with captions on faux ripped pieces of paper.

Introduction pages Maps 1-10 Maps 11-20 one-photo layouts two-photo layouts three-photo layouts four-photo layouts five-photo layouts six-photo layouts seven-photo layouts blank layout


The Travel theme offers nine rich background colors for the outside and adds the Photo Background option (formerly Palm Tree) to let you use any image you want for the background of the inside pages (although as of March, 2009, there appears to be a bug that doesn't let you use background images with the Travel theme. Thanks, Bruce.).

outside backgrounds inside backgrounds

Cover Examples

As with other covers, there is a full bleed cover layout that crops your photos to fit (below left). If you'd rather the photo have its original orientation, right-click and choose Fit Photo to Frame Size from the pop-up menu (below right):

cover full bleed with caption cover full bleed with Fit Photo to Frame Size

Travel offers full bleed photos with or without captions (despite the fact that both my examples have captions).

The third layout, with one large photo and a caption, is determined by the original orientation of your photo. Horizontal photos get one stamp and vertical ones get two:

cover one horizontal photo cover one vertical photo

With Layout 4, there are two floating frames that adapt to the original orientation of your photos, above a faux ripped paper text box. The left photo has a simple white matte, the right one has a thicker, ivory matte and a travel stamp. You can only see a stamp over the left photo if it's horizontally oriented.

Note that the lacey frame from earlier versions has disappeared.

With the three-photo layout (#5), you'll get two small simple frames on the left and one larger one with an ivory matte on the right. In contrast to earlier versions, now all three adjust to the original orientation of your photos:

In the new four-photo cover layout, there are three small simple frames and one larger one with an ivory matte in the lower-right corner. All the frames adjust according to the original orientation of your photos. There are also two stamps, though the left one gets covered if you use a horizontal photo in the frame nearest to it.

With the six-photo layout, the photos are scattered jauntily across the cover in two rows of three photos each. The photos maintain their original orientation:

Introduction Page Examples

There are no less than eight introduction page layouts in the '09 version of the Travel theme.

The first two introduction pages are similar to the first standard introduction page, and contain a header and one large body of text. There is a version with a photo and a stamp (left below), and one with just the stamp. Note that I've used a different background in each of these examples, just to give you an idea of the possibilities. Of course, you can choose any background for any of the introduction pages.

The third and fourth introduction pages are in turn similar to the second standard introduction page, with just one larger body of text and no header. Like the first two, there is a version with a photo and stamp (left below) and one with just the stamp.

As you might guess, the fifth and sixth introduction pages sport a two columned layout, but unlike the third standard introduction page, it also has a header. Once again, there is a version with a photo, and one without.

The seventh and eighth introduction pages are more like the standard third introduction page, with just two columns of text and no header. As ever, there is a version with a photo (and stamp), and one with just the stamp.

Maps Page Examples

While in the rest of iPhoto '09's themes, there is a single maps page, the Travel theme has twenty, with varying combinations of photos, text, and of course maps. For more details on working with the maps themselves, see the Maps page.

Note that the original orientation of the photo is preserved in each of the map layouts. The background color is not used at all in the first 9 layouts, but is used in all of the last 11.

Layouts: 1, 2 and 3, 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, 10, 11 and 12, 13 and 14, 15 16 and 17, 18, 19 and 20

The Travel theme's 1st map layout is the standard one... a full page map.

The 2nd and 3rd map layouts offer a sidebar with a header and block of text, either to the left or to the right. Note that I've dragged the maps to the side so the sidebar didn't overlap the pertinent places.

The 4th and 5th map layouts offer the same sidebar, but with a photo. Again, I've dragged the map to avoid overlap.

The 6th and 7th map layouts give you a full bleed photo with an inset map, on the left and right, respectively.

The 8th and 9th map layouts have a full bleed photo, the inset map (on the left and right, respectively), and a block of text across the bottom.

The 10th map layout is much like the first, with a large map, but this time it is framed by the background color.

The 11th and 12th map layouts, like the 2nd and 3rd, have a sidebar. Like layout 10, they are centered in a background-colored frame.

And the 13th and 14th, like the 4th and 5th, have a sidebar and photo, again, centered in a background-colored frame.

The 15th layout is one large map that looks like it's been unfolded, on a background-colored frame.

The 16th and 17th layouts are again similiar to layouts 2 and 3, and 11 and 12, but this time the map looks like it's been unfolded and is on a background-colored frame.

The 18th layout has two photos on the left, a map on the right and a block of text across the bottom, all on top of the background color.

The 19th and 20th layouts have three photos, a medium one on the left, a small one on the upper-right and a medium one with ivory matte and automatic caption (from the title of the photo) on the lower-right, as well as a small map in the upper-left corner. The 20th also has a block of text below the captioned photo on the right. Both of these layouts maintain the original orientation of the photos and use the background color.

Note that if you use a horizontally-oriented photo in layout 19 or 20 in the bottom-left, you won't get a stamp. A vertically-oriented photo will have one.

Also note that you can put a picture in the map frame in layouts 19 and 20. When you do so, the layout automatically switches to a four-photo layout as described below. This seems more like a bug than a feature; I did it a few times inadvertently. You can't place photos in map frames in the other layouts, why here?

Be sure and check the maps page for some tips on working with maps.

One-photo Layout Examples

There are nine one-photo layouts:

  • four full bleeds, one with no text, one with text across the bottom, one with a sidebar on the left and one with a sidebar on the right;
  • two layouts with a single large photo against a colored background, one with text across the bottom and one without, and
  • three layouts with a mosaic large photo, one with no text, one with a left sidebar and one with a right sidebar.

Let's begin with the full bleed layouts. On the left is a simple full bleed, on the right, layout 2, which sports a block of text across the bottom on a faux-ripped piece of paper.

Layouts 3 and 4 have a sidebar on the left and right, respectively. Note that if you use a vertically-oriented photo in any of the full bleed layouts, iPhoto crops and zooms the photo to fill the page, by default. You can leave it at its original orientation by right-clicking and choosing Fit Photo to Frame Size as shown in the left example, and the background will show through.

In layout 5, as elsewhere, the original orientation of the photos affects how many stamps are shown. Vertical photos (left) have two stamps, horizontal photos have none:

Layout 6 is just the same as 5, with an additional faux-ripped paper for captions across the bottom:

Layout 7 offers a large centered photo broken into a mosaic on the chosen background. Vertically-oriented photos have stamps, horizontally-oriented ones don't.

Layouts 8 and 9 offer mosaic-ified photos with faux-ripped paper captions. There are no stamps on either of the layouts.

Two-photo layouts

There were 9 two-photo layouts in earlier versions of iPhoto. iPhoto '09 has thirteen:

Layouts 1, 2, and 3 look very similar but vary more or less depending on the original orientation of the photos you choose for them. Layout 1 has two similarly sized floating frames that adjust to the original orientation of your photos:

Layout 2 is supposed to have an unfolded picture on the left and a regular one on the right, but that only happens if the left picture is vertically-oriented. Otherwise, it's very similar to layout 1, with perhaps slightly larger photos:

Layout 3 (which in earlier versions was layout 9, way down by itself at the end of the menu) is very similar to layout 1, with slightly smaller photos, and a block of text below the photos.

Layouts 4-7 are pretty self-explanatory, and don't vary greatly with the orientation. There is simply one large background photo and one smaller photo in one of the four corners, depending on the layout you choose:

Again, with the full bleed photos, vertically-oriented photos are cropped and zoomed to fill the page unless you right-click them and choose Fit Photo to Frame Size as shown below with layouts 6 and 7.

Layouts 8-11 are the same as 4-7, but with a faux-ripped paper across the bottom for captions. Again, if you don't want your vertically-oriented photos cropped and zoomed, right-click them and choose Fit Photo to Frame Size as shown below left.

Finally, layouts 12 and 13 are essentially the same as 8-11, but have photos and sidebars to left and right instead of across the bottom.

Three-photo Layout Examples

There are four 3-photo layouts in the Travel theme.

The first is pretty standard: three overlapping photos with the center photo higher than the other two. The layout really doesn't change very much but maintains the original orientation of the photos.

You used to have to be very careful with the order you placed photos to get the second three-photo layout. Now, you can simply choose it from the menu (#2). THEN you have to be careful about the orientation of the photos you place. If you put photos whose orientation matches the orientation in the frames, in particular, if you put a vertically-oriented photo in the center frame, then you get the layout as promised: big unfolded vertical picture in the middle flanked by a smaller photo on either side:

But if you put a horizontally-oriented photo in the middle frame, you'll get this (which you can't get any other way):

(If that doesn't work for you, you probably had used all vertical pictures originally. In that case, your horizontal picture is cropped to fit!)

Curiously, if you try to put the original vertical picture back where you had put the horizontal one, you don't get the original layout, it stays stuck:

A better way to go back is to hit Command-Z (Undo). Another option is to choose the layout again (#2).

The third layout in the three-photo group consists of two photos on the outside and one larger photo on the inside of the page. The original orientation of the photos is maintained and doesn't affect the layout very much.

The fourth layout is almost the same as the third, but with the faux-ripped paper across the bottom for a caption. (The photos are a bit smaller and placed a bit higher to compensate.)

Four-photo Layout Examples

There are four 4-photo layouts.

The first (which is the only one that was available in earlier editions) is attractive but rigid. There are four photo frames, for one vertical and three horizontal photos. If you put a horizontally oriented photo in a vertical frame, or vice-versa, they will be cropped to fit. The large horizontal frame has a lacey border. There is also a postcard and a little slip of paper that you can add text to. It is shown below on the left.

The second layout seems based on the first, but is not nearly as rigid. Only the horizontal photo on the postcard on the right has a rigid frame, the others change depending on the original orientation of the photos you place in them. You can add text to the back of the postcard and the title of the horizontal photo is automatically placed both on the back of the postcard (in very small print) and at the bottom of the photo itself. It's as if you're looking at the front and back of the same postcard. It is shown below on the right.

The last two layouts have four frames that adapt to the original orientation of your photos. The lower-right one, which has a slightly thicker ivory matte, automatically gets the title of the photo that it contains. The two layouts are identical except for the addition of a small block of text in layout 4 (shown on the right below).

Five-photo Layout Examples

There are two new 5-photo layouts in iPhoto '09. They consist of four simple frames of varying sizes and one larger frame with an ivory matte and automatic caption (that comes from the title of the photo, but you can always edit it). All five frames adjust to the original orientation of your photos. In addition, one of the layouts has a stamp (that I don't think I've seen before), and the other has a text box.

Six- and Seven-photo Layout Examples

Just when I thought I'd never finish with the Travel theme, it turns out that the six- and seven-photo layouts are extremely simple.

The first six-photo layout changes only very slightly to maintain the original orientation of the photos.

The second and third six-photo layouts are slightly more rigid, containing a single square-framed photo in the lower-right position, whose contents are always cropped to fit. The rest of the photos vary according to their original orientation. Layout 3, in addition, has a small text area in the lower-left (and thus, a smaller square frame).

The first 7-photo layout has seven rigid frames, two vertical and five horizontal. If you place a differently-oriented photo, it will be cropped to fit. Notice that in the example below, all the same photos are used, just in different places.

The second and third 7-photo layouts have five frames that maintain the original orientation of their photos and two rigid square frames whose photos are cropped to fit (at bottom-left and top-right). Layout 3 also has a text box. (They're essentially like the six-photo layouts with an extra square.)

The Travel theme in earlier versions of iPhoto

Here's my description of the Travel theme in iPhoto '08.

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

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