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Make a photo book of your memories in minutes with Motif for macOS

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Motif works seamlessly within the macOS Photos image management app (Image credit: RR Donnelley )

Apple Mac users now have a really quick and convenient way of creating photo books thanks to a new app available in the Mac App Store. 

Motif is free to download and works within the desktop Photos application. It is currently available across North America and Europe, and there are plans to roll it out in Australia during the coming months. 

The program uses artificial intelligence to analyse your Photos collection and identify images that will be high-quality enough for printing. 

Creating a photo book – or photo calendars or photo cards, all printed on high-quality papers using rich inks – takes a matter of minutes. Photo books can be ordered with hard or soft covers. 

Photos may not be the go-to image management app for anyone serious about photography, but it works seamlessly with pictures taken on iOS devices and makes assembling collections to share with friends and family very straightforward. 

Get 30% off your first Motif order 

To receive this exclusive discount, Just enter DigitalCameraWORLD in the Promo Code field at the end of the in-app checkout process. This offer runs until 30 June 2019. 

Motif’s interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use. To test it out, we used Motif to create a 32-page 28 x 22cm hardback photo book of holiday photos taken on a Canon EOS 750D with an EF 28-70mm f2.8L II USM lens. 

Here's a tip if trying Motif for yourself: make a selection of images that's bigger than you need, as it's always best to have more to choose from when arranging the pages. 

Step-by-step guide to Motif for macOS 

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Motif app tutorial step 0

Launch Motif via the File/Create menu in macOS Photos
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Motif app tutorial step 1

Select an album or group of images. Tip: start with more than you’ll need
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Motif app tutorial step 2

Choose the product you want. We opted for a 32-page 28 x 22cm hardback photo book
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Motif app tutorial step 3

Motif offers a choice of themes. There are plenty of options to choose from
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Motif app tutorial step 4

The app will check your images and make a recommendation for a suitable pagination
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Motif app tutorial step 5

If you need some help at any stage, then a guided tour is available inside the app
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Motif app tutorial step 6

Drag and drop your photos from the strip at the bottom onto the pages
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Motif app tutorial step 7

It’s really easy to arrange or resize images on the pages – just drag and drop
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Motif app tutorial step 8

The theme of our book contained both plain and decorated backgrounds
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Motif app tutorial step 9

Choose your shipping option. There's a choice of standard or expedited
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Motif app tutorial step 11

Enter the discount code at the end of the checkout process to receive the discount
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Motif app tutorial step 14

All done – we received our photo book four days after ordering it

And this is the finished result. Our hardback photo book took four business days to arrive, and came in a sturdy package. The book itself was inserted into a card sleeve and wrapped in plastic, so straight out of the box it's ideal for gifting. 

Inside, print quality is sharp throughout – even in cases of small smartphone images pushed larger than they would normally be – with good color rendition. The binding looks robust and the dust jacket is well-printed and fits snugly. 

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Motif finished photobook 1

Photos in our finished Motif hardback photobook looked sharp…
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Motif finished photobook 2

… and had good color rendition.
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The binding in our Motif hardback photobook looks and feels robust

As a result, we’d have no hesitation gifting a Motif photo book to a friend or relative. And with Easter falling within the 30% discount window, Digital Camera World users can, too. 

Not a macOS user? Then read our guide to the best photo book services. 

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Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

On the site you will see him writing photographer profiles, asking questions for Q&As and interviews, reporting on the latest and most noteworthy photography competitions, and sharing his knowledge on website building.