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 2.0.3

Motif is now available in Canada.

Motif is now available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish translations.

Image and Text blocks can now be moved around the page simply by pressing and dragging them.

Login and Password credentials can now be remembered and auto-populated at Checkout.

The Checkout process has been completely redesigned with almost all reported usability issues fixed.

Added additional checks for image data to address output files occasionally missing images.

Added checks for unsupported or corrupt fonts to avoid output files including unprintable fonts.

The accuracy of pre-checkout text content validation has been greatly enhanced.

A bug in which text boxes would lose some content on deselection has been fixed.

A bug in which left or right aligned spine text was incorrectly positioned on the cover has been fixed.

A bug in which softcover books had alignment issues between the spine and back cover content has been fixed.

A bug in which the converted Apple projects using the “Journal” theme were missing the cover title box has been fixed.

A bug in which unwanted page numbers appeared in converted Apple projects has been fixed.

A bug in which empty text boxes appeared in converted Apple projects has been fixed.

Various fit issues with translated content have been fixed.

Some gaps in translated content have been fixed.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 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.


RR Donnelley
133.7 MB

macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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