You have some great photos that need to be printed out into a book. Motif is a good option to consider, and here’s how to use it on both macOS and iOS!

Everyone takes photos, regardless of skill level. I always bust out my iPhone to snap photos of interesting scenes, objects, and people who matter to me, but sometimes I also hire a professional to capture important moments in my life, like my wedding. Regardless, some photos need to be printed just to preserve the memory for a lifetime. That’s why photo books exist.

While there are many photo printing services out there, I decided to try out Motif to get some books printed. Motif is actually the service that Apple used to use for their own photo-printing service in Photos on Mac, but now you must use third-party Photo Extensions from the App Store to achieve the same thing.

So how do you use Motif to design your own photo books? It’s pretty easy, but we’ll show you how to do that today!

  • How to use Motif on Mac
  • How to use Motif on iOS

How to use Motif on Mac

While you’ll find Motif on the App Store on Mac, it works only as a Photo Extension, so you’ll work with it directly in the Photos app itself.

  1. Launch Photos on your Mac.

    • Optionally, you can launch Motif on your Mac, and then click Get Started to jump right into Photos.

  2. Find and select the photos you want to use in a photo book.

    • I prefer to create a new album where I can dump in all the photos I want to put into a book. This makes it easier to sort and separate.

  3. Right click or click File in the menu bar.
  4. Go to Create.
  5. Move the cursor to Book.
  6. Select Motif from the available Photo Extensions applications.

    • If you do not see it, you need to click App Store too download it to your computer.

  7. Select the type and size of the book you want to create.

    • Type includes softcover or hardcover.
    • Size includes: 8×8 (SC), 11×8.5 (SC), 8×6 (SC), 10×10 (HC), 8×8 (HC), 13×10 (HC), and 11×8.5 (HC).

  8. Pick out a theme to use for your book.

    • Page samples appear underneath so you can preview what it looks like.

  9. Select Don’t Autoflow or Autoflow.
    • Autoflow lets Motif pick out the best photos and automatically arrange them in an optimized design for you. Duplicate or similar images won’t be printed. No extra work is needed from you.
    • Don’t Autoflow gives you complete control over the layout on each page, the photos that appear, and you can also add text.

If you selected Autoflow:

  1. Make any necessary adjustments to your book.
    • If Motif decides too many images are too similar and reduces the number of images used, add more to the book project or reduce the number of pages.
  2. Click Continue.

  3. Make any necessary adjustments you want.
  4. Click Checkout and follow the instructions to pay for your order.

Depending on how many images you have and whether or not Motif has deemed them too similar, you can manually adjust or add photos into empty spaces if needed. If there is anything wrong with the book you want to order, Motif lets you know via a warning message when you click on Checkout.

If you selected Don’t Autoflow:

You are free to change the layout of each page, add more pages or images, adjust the zoom and position of each image, change size, add text, and basically customize it to your own personal preferences.

  1. Click on the arrows to navigate through each page one-by-one.

  2. Drag images from the bottom area into a position you want on each page.

  3. Click on an image to do things like zoom in or out, adjust positioning, opaqueness, rotate, or even find similar photos to fit the current page.

  4. To add text, just click anywhere outside a picture spot.

  5. Repeat these steps until you have filled up each page with photos and text that you want.
  6. To add a new page, click on the button with plus sign inside a rectangle.

  7. To change a page’s layout, click the button with three rectangles underneath your desired page.

  8. If you need to change other aspects of your book, click the settings gear at the top, between the price and the Checkout button.
  9. When you’re done, click Checkout.

  10. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your order.

How to use Motif on iOS

The first time you launch Motif on iOS, it will ask you to provide your name and email address to sign up. This can also be skipped over and done later if desired.

  1. Launch Motif on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select a product to start your project.
    • Your current choices are Hardcover Photo Books or Softcover Photo Books.
    • Motif has labeled Photo Wall Tiles and Photo Calendars as Coming Soon.
  3. Select your photo book size.

  4. Choose your image source.
    • Your photos will be split up by Memories or Albums — just select the one you want to browse from at the top.
    • The slider at the bottom lets you adjust how many images you can view in the Memory view.
  5. Pick and choose what photos you want to include in the photo book.

  6. Select your theme.
  7. The iOS app of Motif automatically picks out the layouts of each page and places all of your selected images into the book in what it thinks is best.

    • You can cancel this process if you want to manually arrange everything.

  8. If you want to customize the book, tap the buttons of what you want to change in the bottom menu bar.

    • Images lets you view what photos are going into the book, and you can sort by All Images, Placed Images, Unplaced Images, Add Images, and Remove Selected Image.

    • Style lets you change colors, patterns, and what pages to apply them to.

    • Layouts lets you choose the layout for each individual page. You select the page from a drop down menu at the top.

    • Arrange is where you go to Add Spread, Duplicate Selected Spread, or Delete Selected Spread.

    • Options has Add Spread, Preview Book, Change Book Format, Change Theme, and Show Guided Tour.

  9. Once you’re satisfied, tap on Checkout.
    • From here, you can sign in to an existing Motif account, or register if you haven’t already done so.
  10. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your order.

Preserve your favorite memories

I honestly found the process to be way more tedious on iOS than it is with the Mac. With Mac, it was intuitive and easy to add images, drag them where you want, change layouts and add text, and edit how the images appear. On iOS, it’s way more taps than I would like to deal with, and a lot of it seems counterintuitive, especially when it comes to adding more images or removing bad ones.

If you are able to use Motif on Mac, I would highly recommend going that route instead of using the iOS app. It just makes your life easier.

I’ve ordered two books (one from Mac and one from iOS) and will review the final product once I receive them.

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