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 2.2.0

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

Motif is now Mexico friendly! This means that Apple customers living in Mexico can now find Motif in the App Store, and that Motif customers – in any of our 33 supported countries – can now have their Motif projects shipped to Mexico. We’re so excited to bring the joy of Motif to our friends and family in Mexico and can’t wait to see the fantastic projects they’ll create.

Calendar and Card projects will now use our pre-purchase quality check system to report on any missing high resolution images.

We’ve improved the loading and saving speed of the Order Options and Shipping Options screens in our checkout process.

We fixed a bug in which custom background colors would, in some cases, be lighter than the specified color.

We fixed a bug in which the red outline and error icon for a missing high resolution image would not be cleared after locating or updating the missing image.

We fixed a bug in which, on macOS Catalina, some images would appear pixelated after editing them in the Photos image editor.

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

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Ratings and Reviews

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.

Developer Response ,

Hi WoodenRabbit75, we apologize for the late reply and that working with Motif was unsatisfactory for you. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. Be kindly noted that since your review our Development Team has been constantly improving Motif for our customers. Our app has been improved from version 1.9.2 to 2.1+ which offers a lot of improvements. Kind regards, the Motif Team

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.


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