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.

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What’s New

Version 2.0.5

The calendar options screen now features a live preview of your calendar using your images and that updates as you make choices of start year, month, day, language, and more.

Fixed a calendar bug in which the same image would repeat within a month and across months.

Fixed a calendar bug in which the small month preview for January showed the wrong year.

Fixed a variety of calendar translation bugs.

Extended calendar holiday data into 2023.

Fixed a bug in which certain conditions caused Motif to crash when adding a new text box.

Fixed a bug in which using the smallest size picture layout on the back cover would cause a crash in project view.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

WoodenRabbit75 ,

In many ways better, in one way, worse

Overall, I was pleased after making my first photo book with Motif. It was much more customizable than the old Apple program, but there are a couple of things that I hope to see fixed. 1. Photos get lost in the binding. After getting the book inthe mail, I noticed that all photos on the page that border the binding lose some of the photo. I checked the program to see if I did something wrong. The only way to fix it is to then have a much too big space at the binding. Also, I would then have to manually change ever last page. 2. It would be nice if adding a text box dousn't automatically reformat the size of the photos on the page. Sometimes it's nice to just put the text over the photos, not just under them. 3. Changing the background color to the pages is a pain. Why can't I select all pages and make the change one time to cover every page, or however many pages I select? One at a time is a waste of my time. These are suggestions to make it better, but overall, I am pleased and already working on my next photo book.

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.

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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