How to Apply Colors to Text in iBooks Author

You can apply colors to objects’ backgrounds and boundaries, as well as to text. But how do you get those colors? You use the Colors panel, which you open by clicking the Colors icon button in the toolbar, choosing View→Show Colors, or pressing Shift+Command+C; the same commands hide it. The Colors panel has several panes: the Color Wheel, Color Sliders, Color Palettes, Image Palettes, Crayons, and RCWeb panes.


To apply color to text, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text.

  2. Open the Colors panel by clicking the Colors icon button in the toolbar.

    Or you can choose View→Show Colors or press Shift+Command+C.

  3. Define or choose a color from the panel.

Alternatively, you can apply color through the Inspector by following these steps:

  1. Click the Inspector button in the toolbar to open the Inspector.

    Or you can choose View→Show Inspector or press Option+Command+I.

  2. Click the Text pane to open the Text inspector.

  3. Click the Text label to open the Text inspector’s Text pane.

  4. Open the Colors panel by clicking the color swatch.

  5. Define or choose a color from the color swatch.

The Text inspector’s Text pane lets you select whether the color applied to the text is retained in both page view orientations. If the Share Color Between Orientations option in the Text pane is selected, the applied text color appears in both landscape and portrait orientations. If it’s deselected, the color is visible only in the orientation in which it was created; the other orientation has either the original color or a color you apply separately when working in that orientation. (This option doesn’t work in versions of iBooks Author prior to 1.1.)

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