HOW TO | Cre­ate a Photo Book

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Projects tab

As with iPhoto, Ap­ple’s new Photos app makes it easy to share photos online. But some­times it’s good to do things the old­fash­ioned way, so Photos in­cludes a Projects tab that helps you de­sign and print high-qual­ity photo books and other doc­u­ments.



Click + in the top-right cor­ner of the Photos win­dow to cre­ate a new pro­ject. There are sev­eral op­tions here, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to cre­ate video slideshows, printed cal­en­dars and cards. How­ever, we want to cre­ate a photo al­bum – which Photos refers to as a ‘book’.


Clas­sic de­sign

Photos can de­sign books in a num­ber of for­mats. The Clas­sic style is a high-qual­ity hard­cover with a wide, rec­tan­gu­lar lay­out that in­cludes a dust-jacket and pro­tec­tive sleeve. You can also opt for a smaller, square hard­cover book, or a less ex­pen­sive soft­cover book.


Pages and prices

Photos can check online and tell you the latest prices for var­i­ous for­mats. Prices start at £6.99 for a soft­cover book, and go up to £34.99 for the largest Clas­sic book for­mat. Prices in­clude 20 in­side pages, plus the front and back cov­ers, but you can pay ex­tra for more pages.


Tem­plates themes

Once you’ve cho­sen the for­mat you will be pre­sented with a se­ries of themes. These are tem­plates with dif­fer­ent lay­outs for the front and back cov­ers, and in­side pages. You can still cus­tomise the lay­out later, so for now just choose any theme you like the look of.


In­stant lay­out

Here’s the plan of our book. Each page has a slightly dif­fer­ent de­sign to add va­ri­ety but, as men­tioned, you can change the lay­out as you go along. The next step is to find the photos we want to use in the book, so we just click the ‘Add Photos’ but­ton in the bot­tom-right cor­ner.


Adding photos

Photos now takes us into its main li­brary and shows us all our photos or­gan­ised by date. We can browse through them and click on ones we want to use, and these are high­lighted with a blue tick mark. We can choose as many photos as we want, and then just click the ‘Add’ but­ton.


The in tray

Photos are placed in the tray at the bot­tom of the screen. You can drag and drop photos from the tray onto a page. You can also se­lect mul­ti­ple photos then click the Auto-Fill but­ton. Photos will try to se­lect the best photos for each page and in­sert them au­to­mat­i­cally.

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