Photo Books Overview
There are several types of photo books you can create with your photos. These can all be customized and saved so you do not have to finish them in one sitting. We also offer flipbooks. Wondering which photo book is right for you? See our Compare Photo Books chart to learn more about each style
Photo Orientation for Books
Photo Books and Flipbooks are designed in a landscape (horizontal) or square format, but can accommodate both types of photos.
Create a Photo Book or Flipbook
Click the "Get photos" button on the right side of the page to start choosing photos for your book.
In Step 1 Photos of the builder, once you sign in, your most recent album will be selected. Click on the photo thumbnails at the center of the page to select photos. Once you select a photo, it'll be added to your selected photos on the right. To remove, roll your mouse over the photo in the "Selected Photos" area and click on the trash can icon that appears.
To get photos from a different album, click on an album name at the left side of the page, or use the dropdown menu at the top left to select photos from your saved projects or friends' albums.
To upload new photos for your book, click the "Upload" button at the top left. A new window will open for you to start uploading photos.
Once you've chosen all of the photos you want to use in your book, click the "Next" button to continue on to the next step.
You can click the "Get Photos" button on the left side of the Step 4 Customize page to reselect photo for your book.
"Your photos" will appear on the right side of the page.
Next, click on a photo and drag it to any of the empty "Drag photo here" areas that appear on your book. To remove a photo from your book, roll your mouse over it and click on the "Delete" icon that appears.
To edit a photo you've placed, roll your mouse over it and click on the "Edit" button that appears. Use the icons in the edit pop-up to rotate, add effects, zoom, lighten, enhance color, flip, or remove red-eye. Once you're happy with your edits, click the "Apply changes" button.
Choose or Change size
In Step 2 Size & Cover, use the dropdown menus on the left to select or change to a size & cover you want. Click on the "Compare All Photo Books" text link at the bottom right if you need additional information to make a selection. Click the "Next" button to continue on to the next step.
In Step 3 Backgrounds, use the dropdown menu at the top left to select a design category then click on a background name. Click the "Next" button to continue on to the next step.
Customize Your Book
Before you start creating, please note that FreeStyler is only available on hard cover Custom Photo Books in sizes 5x7, 8x8, 8x11 and 12x12.
Now for the real fun - customizing and designing your photo book!
Create beautiful pages by adding photos anywhere!
First, you'll be asked if you'd like Autofill to automatically place all of your photos in your book for you. Don't worry, you can always rearrange them again once they've been placed.
Next, click the "Photos" tab on the left side to see all of the photos you've chosen for your book. There are two easy ways to add photos to your pages:
Note: If you see an orange triangle on a photo you've placed, that means it's low resolution. You can use the photo in your book, but it might look grainy or pixelated in the printed version. We recommend trying a different page layout or using the edit tool to zoom out so the photo is the best resolution for printing.
Removing Photos or Text
Deleting photos or text is easy. Select the photo or text you want to remove, and when the menu appears below it, click on the trash can icon on the right side to delete it.
Changed your mind? Just click "Undo" in the photo book toolbar to have the photo or text added back to the page.
Move, Resize, and Tilt Photos or Text
You can easily create the page layouts you want by moving, resizing, and tilting your photos or text.
Have more fun by creatively layering photos! You can overlap photos to make custom collages and choose which photos appear in front. To layer photos, drag and drop photos to a page and arrange them with the move, resize, and tilt features. Then select which photos will be in front by using the menu under that photo. Click the "Bring to Front" icon or the "Send to Back" icon to move the photo behind or in front of other images.
Text can be put on top of your layered photos.
Play around with new possibilities by shuffling your photos!
A shuffle icon appears in the menu at the top of every photo book page. Click the "Shuffle Photos" icon and watch as your photos move to new positions on the page. You can move, resize, or tilt your photos after any shuffle to customize a layout.
Changed your mind? Just click the "Undo" icon in the photo book toolbar to go back to a previous shuffle layout.
Choose or Change Page Layout
We offer over 80 page layout designs for use on individual book pages, and they can be applied to any page except for the first page of books with a die-cut window on the cover. There are 2 ways to apply a layout to a page in your book:
From the "Layouts" menu
From the "Gallery" menu
Collage any page with up to 15 photos and turn a regular page into a Magic page! Discover new page layouts to beautifully highlight your photos.
On the left side, click the "Page Layouts" tab and then select "Magic layouts". Select a Magic layout and drag it to a page. You can design one page at a time and try different Magic layouts.
You can also apply a Magic layout to the whole photo book by selecting "Apply to all" in the Magic layout's drop-down menu.
To change a photo arrangement on a Magic page, click "Shuffle Photos" in the page menu. To go back to a previous arrangement, click "Undo" in the photo book toolbar.
Choose or Change Design
Have fun with words by adding as many text boxes as you want to a page. You can even put text on top of your pictures. Choose from 20 stylish fonts in over 200 different colors.
There are two ways to add text:
You can resize the text box to fit more text.
To edit text, select the text box you want to change. You can either click on the Edit Text icon in the menu below it or double click on the text box itself. Both actions will open the Edit Text window.
Choose the font, size, color, and text alignment. The maximum number of characters allowed will depend on the font size and the size of the text box. Click "Apply Changes" to return to the photo book.
Please note that for now, only one font type and one font color can be used per text box.
Layer text boxes together in the same font to create dimension. Make the top font one color and the back font a darker hue.
The Safe Area
Please note that any text or photos that fall outside of the printable area may be trimmed and may not appear in the book you order. For best results, keep your photos and text inside the dashed red lines on every page.
Save, Undo, and Redo
Share Your Photo Book
You can share your book with friends and family on Facebook, with a link, or by email. Here's how:
Share on Facebook
Share with a link
Share with an email
Continue to Review
Once you're done customizing your book, click "Next" to continue to the Step 5 Review. You can always come back to this step if there's anything you want to change - just click on the "Customize" step near the top of the page.
Preview Book and Checkout
Once you've customized your book, click the "Next" button to see a larger version in Step 5 Review. Use the slider at the right side of the Action Bar to zoom in and out. Click on the "Safe area" icon to see where the margins of your book are. Any text, designs, or photos that fall outside of the safe area may be trimmed and may not appear in the book you order. When you're happy with your book, click the "Add to Cart" button to add it to your cart. You'll be taken to your cart to start checking out.
Create a Mini Photo Book
To create a Mini Photo Book, follow the steps below.