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Often infographics contain the picture of someone famous. Consider enhancing the photo rather than just copying/pasting it from the Internet. Here are instructions for masking photos and adding frames in Pages.

Masking Photos & Adding Frames

  • Using the Media icon, select a photo from your iPhoto library. Drag it onto your page.
  • Choose a shape that you'd like your photo to fit in. Click on the shape to get the handles. In inspector under graphic (shapes), change the opacity level at the bottom of that window. You want to be able to see through the shape.
  • Now drag the shape so it fits nicely over only the area of the photo you'd like to capture.
  • Next hold your shift key and select the photo and the shape. Holding down the shift key allows you to select more than one item at a time.
  • Under format, choose mask with selected shape.
  • Experiment with the slider bar in the editing tool. This brings your photo in closer or farther away. You can still move your photo around if necessary.
  • When you're happy with the selection, click outside the photo/shape.
  • That's it! If you're not satisfied with it, you can double click back on the photo and edit.
  • You might want to put a frame around your photo. That's pretty simple to do. Click once on the photo, then in the Inspector under Graphic (shapes), change the Stroke from none to Picture Frame. There are several to choose from. Explore and have some fun. You can always undo (Apple Z).
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The first picture is the original picture from the web (visitingdc.com). The second picture shows masking with an oval and a frame is added. The third picture shows masking with a rectangle with rounded corners and rather than a frame it has a fuzzy line (In Pages, under stroke, choose line) around it.