The new version of Pages for iPad compatible Apple Pencil also has some other great new features. One of them is the creation of iBook, which we will see in another article. Today, we will see how to add an image gallery to a regular pages document. This is useful if you have to include a lot of photos in a document, but do not want to use the pages and pages to do it.
You could, for example, include holiday photo galleries in a newsletter for family and friends, with images stacked in daily galleries, or organized by event. Or you could stack a bunch of diagrams in an image gallery, allowing you to include much more information without cluttering the document. Better still, you can export your Pages document as an ebook, and the galleries become fully interactive.
Let’s see how to add one.
Image Galleries in Pages
An image gallery is a new type of container that allows you to add a stack of photos in one place. The viewer will then use two arrow buttons to move the images forward and backward. If you’ve ever used an image gallery on the web, you’ll know exactly how it works.
The advantage of an image gallery is that you can include as many images as you want, while taking only the space of an image. The disadvantage is that you can only see one image at a time. In addition, galleries do not work in the new page layout view, which is a shame. The presentation view is a neat full screen mode that has also been added to Pages 4.0. This is a simplified and enlarged view of your document somewhere between Safari Reader View and a full Keynote presentation. This sounds perfect for image galleries, but unfortunately they are not visible at all. In fact, image galleries disappear completely in the presentation view, which may be a bug that will be corrected in the future.
How to add an image gallery in Pages for iPad
To add an image gallery, just tap the + button at top right, tap the Photos tab (the far right tab), and then tap Image Gallery at the bottom of the sidebar. A blank gallery will appear on the current page, sitting over the top of everything else.
To add photos to the new gallery, tap the + button in the blank gallery panel. Your Photo Library will appear, and you can navigate it, and add multiple photos. You can also add photos directly using the iPad’s camera, or navigate to images in your iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or other storage services, using the Files app browser.
When you have selected all images then, tap Done.
Edit and resize images in the gallery
Since all images must fit in the same gallery box, some parts may be cut off. Pages lets you guess how much you want the images to be enlarged, but you can resize them yourself. Just double-tap an image to enter edit mode. A zoom slider appears below the gallery to enlarge and reduce the image. You can also use a finger to pan the image as you zoom, to get only the part you want.
What are image galleries for?
If you followed this guide, you may be wondering what these galleries are for. After all, are they a sort of presentation tool and how often do you go to a Pages document for presentations? Never. In addition, if you export as a PDF file, only the currently displayed image is included.
The real reason for galleries is therefore the support of iBooks / ePub pages. If you export a document as an ePub document, the gallery accompanies it. It is integrated with the page and, once opened in iBooks, the reader can browse the images and read the captions.