Creating photo books is supposed to be fun, but sorting through your favorite and duplicate photos takes too long; books come back with blurry, poorly cropped shots and printed on materials that aren't made to last. So we made Motif to fix all of that. Because your best memories deserve better.

Motif intelligently selects your best photos and marks those that won’t print well. Image resolution, focus, emotion, chronology, duplicate removal, and more are used to pick your very best images. Our intelligent native application for Photos on macOS gives you a great start while our interactive editing tools help you create a professional photo book.

Motif makes the selection of colors, themes, fonts and layouts so much easier so your final product looks truly professional with so much less time and effort on your part.

Our printers and production teams have decades of experience finding durable and sustainable materials, the finest papers, richest inks, and more. Your books, calendars and cards will make a beautiful first impression — and stand the test of time.

Photo Books
From classic and durable hardbacks to modern, magazine-like satin softcovers, Motif photo books are the perfect way to gift your memories to yourself or loved ones.

Photo Calendars
Celebrate the joy of the year just passed or the promise of the new year ahead with a fresh monthly reminder of the life you live and the people you love.

Photo Cards
Whether it’s an elegant invitation, a tasteful thank you, or a tantalizing postcard from abroad, reach out to someone you love with a memory that means something.

We want you to be absolutely thrilled with your purchase of a Motif premium photo project. Should you for any reason be less than thrilled, we’ll reprint your project or refund you. 100%. Guaranteed.

Follow us @motifphotos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube for tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration.

What’s New

Version 1.8

Now converts Apple book projects to Motif book projects.

Now available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain (UK), Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Calendar translations now available for all supported European languages.

Calendars can now include optional local holidays for all supported European countries and US.

Calendars can now have custom images and/or text on any day of the year.

Calendars can now start on any day of the week.

Calendars now have smarter defaults for start year and start month.

Five new Calendar themes.

Fix for crash reporting missing “Manifest.json” file.

Fix for incorrect currency symbols in some European countries

Various bug fixes and enhancements.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
264 Ratings
264 Ratings
djethan ,

Wow! Making Photo Books is Actually Fun Again!

This application did everything it said it would. In starting my book, Motif did a great job selecting my best images and weeding out duplicates (I was skeptical of this claim but it actually worked!). I chose to “Autoflow” my book and was really impressed with how good it looked right out of the gate. There were definitely some adjustments I wanted to make – some images bigger, some smaller, etc. – but making those changes was so easy! Being able to drag the space between images and have everything resize is just awesome (it was actually fun). Another great feature is being able to preview different layouts of a page using the actual images on the page (rather than gray boxes); this made it really easy to try out pretty much every option for how a page could look. In terms of performance, Motif was nice and speedy and felt like a real Mac application. Bottom line: great application and can’t wait for my book to arrive! Also, given that Apple is going to stop their service in September, I’m really happy that there’s now a truly quality option to replace them.

MalamudX ,

Easy As Can Be!

As soon as I learned about this app I couldn’t wait to create an album. I am a photographer who has authored a number of iBooks using iBooks Author, and am a great fan of this approach to life. I chose “Our Honeymoon” as a subject, which honeymoon took place in the Wind River range in Wyoming, in 1977. The photos I chose were, therefore, from fairly ancient Kodachrome transparencies, which I scanned myself and optimized with the usual tools - challenging images to reproduce! I did not use the “autoflow" tool, but did the layout myself, which was ridicuously easy - dropping the images from Photos into the template. The resulting album is fabulous - a soft cover book containing 53 images of all sizes, for $35. You simply cannot beat that! Additionally, it was shipped in a very sturdy box and arrived in perfect condition. Such affordable albums will make it very easy for me to supply family and friends with a record of memorable events.

Solzweig ,

I am seriously mad at Apple...

... for removing the option to create photo books. The build-in option in the Photos app was signigificantly easier to use than this app. For example, I like to add texts to the photos that I put into the book. Trying to do so with this app is an utter nightmare aside from the fact that none of the layouts provide options with existing texts (e.g. beginning of a new chapter) like Apple did. In addition, you can only remove two pages at a time instead of a single page and you can't move pictures from one frame to the next. When I finally completed the book, I was asked to register an account. I entered all my information and kept getting an error message that I am choosing an invalid email address or password. Interestingly enough, I simultaenously received an email on that email address that thanked me for opening an account. I ended up having to use a different email address for it to work. As I am now typing this, I am stuck in the status "Uploading project files" with 0 seconds left to go... for the last five minutes. This app is ridiculous.


RR Donnelley
109 MB
macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 RR Donnelley & Sons Company. All Rights Reserved.


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