Design features of BookWright: layouts, covers, text containers, soft proofing and more

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This article covers a number of useful BookWright features to help you design your book.

1. Make and save your own layouts 

If you’ve created a layout that you’re likely to use on multiple pages, you can use the Save Layout option to save that design.

You will then be able to drag and drop your custom layout from the thumbnail strip of layouts, onto whichever page you’d like to apply that layout to.

2. Customize your cover design for different cover types 

Since each of our cover types have slight variations in terms of trim and size, BookWright allows you to customize your cover design for each type. After you’ve finished one cover design, you can right-click on the cover’s preview and use the Replicate Design on all Covers function to replicate that design for the other cover types.

You can also design distinct covers for each cover type, from scratch.

3. Link and flow text from one container to another

While working within a text container, find and click Text Flow below the text container. Then click into a second container to link them. Your text will now automatically flow from the first container into the second.

If you need to unlink the two text containers, click on the unlink function, in the top left corner of each text container.

4. Overlap images

If you’re overlapping images, you can use the Forward and Backward functions to decide which image will appear on top. You can also use these functions to overlap images and text, or two text containers.

You’ll find these functions in the Photo Editing Tools pop-up which appears when you have a photo container selected, or in the Text Editing Tools pop-up, which appears when you have a text container selected.

5. Licensed fonts for ebooks

Check out this FAQ to see which fonts are licensed for use on the web. 

6. Soft proofing

BookWright is installed with the color profile used for our print production, which means that you’ll see your images on screen in the closest approximation we can offer to what you’ll see in print, assuming your monitor has been recently calibrated for color accuracy. As BookWright allows you to work with RGB images, but will ultimately print in CMYK, it's a good idea to have this function turned on to see how your project will look in print.

The soft proofing function can be enabled through Preferences. For Windows computers this can be found under Help > Preferences. On a Mac you'll find this under BookWright > Preferences.

For more information about BookWright's soft proofing feature, see Soft proofing and color management in BookWright

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