Customise a photo book
Combine Photos, Pages and Preview to create truly unique photo books
Photos allows you to customise the layout of your photo book pages to an extent, but to really take control of its appearance you can make custom images in Pages instead.
Photos isn’t fussy about what kind of image files you can import into it. As long as they’re in the right file format, you can import holiday snaps, fine art portraits or pages of text rendered as images (JPEG compression can lower the quality of text, so if you’re doing this consider using PNG instead).
Unfortunately, Pages isn’t capable of exporting your layouts directly as an image file, but it is capable of outputting a PDF, and that’s where Preview comes in, quickly and easily converting those PDFs into an image file format that Photos can handle.
Apple’s print products are an often overlooked service. We’re concentrating on photo books here, but you could use the same techniques to produce calendars, prints ready for framing or even a jigsaw. Remember to keep the quality settings high when preparing files for print, so you get the best possible end result. Ian Evenden