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 2.1.4

We love your feedback and we’re regularly updating Motif in response to it! Here’s what’s new in this release:

We fixed a bug in Motif on macOS Mojave which, under some circumstances, could cause images to be missing from Motif output files. We’re still working on solutions for this issue when running Motif on macOS Catalina. This issue affects images loaded from external drives so it is strongly recommended that all users enable the “Copy items to the Photos library” feature in their (Apple) Photos preferences.

We fixed a bug in which images would disappear from a user’s project and be replaced by the image placeholder graphic. This issue again relates to images loaded from external drives and/or whose high-res data is in iCloud, so it is strongly recommended that users also download all images used in their Motif project to their local hard drive and turn off “Optimize Mac Storage” in their (Apple) Photos preferences.

We identified an issue in which Motif projects would sometimes not be saved if the project contained over 1,000 images. This has been addressed by limiting the number of images that can be imported to a project to 1,000 images. As the most images possible (in our maximum size 100 page book) is 900, and with most books not using more than ~250, this seems a reasonable limit.

We fixed a bug in which text boxes could be duplicated and positionally offset when changing the vertical alignment while editing.

That’s it for now. Have questions or comments? You can send them to us, here:

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Ratings and Reviews

Sobie1951 ,

Change is not always easy!

I have made many photo books previously in Photo. I was not too happy when they announced that it would go away and be replaced with Motif. I am never excited about learning a new program. I played around with Motif early on and was not too thrilled with what I saw. After a trip to New Orleans recently, I decided to try again. I am very please to report that Motif is easy to learn and I made a great book. There are a few things that are different and maybe a little clunky, but it could be me. First, I would love to see a option where a large image or panorama could be spread over two pages. Second, I was using my MacBook Pro and it crashed a few times. When I quit a few programs in the background it worked flawlessly. Third, it seems that most of my old books are not converting correctly. I am hoping that is a glitch that will be fixed. I also would like an option to place text right on the photo. For the most part, it was easy, fun and painfree. I look forward to making my next project and seeing what improvements are added. I have not received my book yet and will write another review on the quality of the product.

Developer Response ,

​Hi Sobie1951, Thank you for giving Motif another try and taking the time to write this review. We use customer feedback to improve our app so look for an even better Motif in future releases. You'll find videos on adding text to layouts, full-page spread images, and many other topics by visiting We hope this helps and look forward to your next photo project. By the way, we’d also like to let you know, Motif recently launched its iOS version. This means you can create photo books directly from your iPhone or iPad. Just download Motif Photos iOS for free from the App Store. Kind regards, The Motif Team.

fiffleforth ,

Awesome for producing calendars

I’ve been making calendars for the past ten years using Apple. I was greatly disheartened last year to have to switch to Shutterfly, as I ended up with something not nearly as aesthetically pleasing, not to mention having to adapt to a new interface that I found less useful/featureful for layout/editing. I was very happy to find Motif and be able to return using a well done and featureful app for calendar building. Integration with Apple Photo is great - it has basically returned me back to where I was before Apple stopped directly supporting the business. In fact, the interface seems better and more easily navigated than before.

I haven’t seen the actual calendars yet, as I just finished creating them and placing my order. But as far as the application goes, I happily give it five stars.

updating as of 31 Jan 2020: we recieved our calendars at the start of the year and they are awesome. The quality is superb. I could not have hoped for a better outcome. Highly highly recommend Motif for your calendar needs. I'll be exploring both books and cards in the near future. Many thanks!!!

Developer Response ,

Dear fiffleforth, Thank you for the glowing feedback! We're excited to hear you enjoyed creating your calendar with our app! Thank you for telling your stories with Motif. We look forward to your next photo project. Kind regards, The Motif Team.

Willo SF ,

Still not a workable program yet

This app was a failure at launch but I’ve been noting months of frequent updates so thought I would try it for the annual. When Apple canceled photobooks without a functioning replacement, I had to postpone designing the book of photos from the past year until I could reasonably rely on a photo book program. My annuals are always at the maximum 100 pages and feature more than 1,000 photos. It takes me weeks to design. It again took me weeks to deisgn in Motif, but they make captioning nearly impossible, and what text boxes they do allow snap to their own grid, and then they do not let you print the book becuase the text boxes are aligned to their own grid which is too close to the margins. I have spent more than 40 hours on a single book this and still can’t just click “order.” The lack of captioning ability is a major flaw (and no option for a background so white letters are lost on bright spots and black letters are lost on dark spots), as are the lack of features such as allowing a photo to be the original ratio and not forcibly cropped. The snap-to-grid is especially frustrating. It woyuld also be nice to be able to go-to photo from the dock, or at least see the metadata, so you don't have to close out and go back and forth to get the names of people in the photos.

Developer Response ,

Dear Willo SF, thank you for taking the time to provide your review. We apologize for the challenge you had experienced with Motif. Our teams are constantly working on improving Motif and we value your feedback very much. We also would like to invite you to email us at inbox, so we can offer immediate help in case you would like to give Motif another try. It would be our great pleasure to be able to assist you in the near future. Best regards, The Motif Team.


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