It’s easy to create professional looking photo books with Snapfish

open photo book next to stack of photo books

Creating a unique photo book is child’s play with our easy-to-use software. Read on to find out how and learn how you can design your own photo book with our simple tips.

1. Select the photo book format and size to suit the occasion.

range of different sized photo books

Photo books are available in a classic style, with traditional book binding (perfect bound or saddle stitched) or a layflat style which allows for seamless photo printing across the double page spread.

You can choose between layflat, hardcover, softcover and papercover photo book covers. All options where you upload a photo to print on the front and back of your album and you can add a personal title to your photo book spine, or if you prefer, select a more traditional hard backed leather or linen die cut covers that allows a tantalising glimpse of the stunning photos printed on the first page of your custom photo album.

2. Choose one of our pre-designed themes (or you can design your own from scratch)

website display of different photo book designs

You can change your mind in the builder too.

After selecting the theme of your photo book, the next step is to choose your photos. You might want to group suitable photos by specific events, like Christmas, birthday, children’s activities, a family trip etc.

Thinking about how you want to showcase your photos helps you better understand how to lay them out and how many pages you might need and which photo layout designs work best.

Once you’ve chosen your photos, you can then arrange them chronographically by date, such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve etc and then use your photo book to tell a story that will keep your memories stay alive forever!

3. Consider the structure of your photo book

create a photo book in 3 easy steps

Don’t overload your photo book pages. Give your pictures space to show themselves! Vary the size and orientation of the photos and add text to describe them. Give groups of connected photos a title, add dates and other memories to the text. Use the embellishment decorations and background colours to support the theme & design of your photo book, making is consistent in style.

Just make sure that you don’t use backgrounds that are similar in colour to your photos, otherwise they will blend into the page.

Use the Autofill feature to add photos to the book in chronological order and play around with the Shuffle feature to see what automated page layouts our builder suggests. You can always undo the changes made. Save often and think about saving different versions if you are unsure of the end effect you want.

4. Know your way around our photo book builder

Photobooks with numbered tips

Our photo book builder has been created with you in mind. Each stage of the book create flow has been laid out in the left hand menu. Review each of the options highlighted above and you are well on the way to creating a professional looking photo book.

  1. Select your photos
    You can always add more later, or delete the ones you no longer need. Having your photos selected at the start, makes it easier to use our Autofill feature later.
  2. Choose your preferred layout
    It’s easy to arrange your photos into our pre-built photo layouts
  3. Choose Designs
    We have a wide range of pre-made designs for you to customise
  4. Select Background
    Mix and match background colours and designs to suit your photos
  5. Shuffle Photos
    Use our automated shuffle feature to re-position your chosen photos in new layout options at a click
  6. Choose embellishments
    Add extra focus on key photos when you add our embellishments to your photo book pages
  7. Add borders
    Add coloured borders to your photos. Just drag and drop
  8. Add text
    Add text boxes, choose fonts, font size, colour and alignment. Then just drag the text box on the page to fit
  9. Change Book Type
    Just click the “Book Type” item in the menu to choose the cover type you wish to change your book to
Book types menu

5. Check out our newest tips icon for even more help in the builder

Snapfish photo book builder

Snapfish has recently made creating and editing a photo book even easier with the launch of our “Tips” icon. You’ll see this at the top of the builder.

Tips are provided for the following activities:

Adding Photos

add photos to your photo book layout in the Snapfish builder

Moving Photos

Move photos around your digital photo album display

Swapping Photos

Swapping photos out of your photo book layout

Cropping Photos

crop photos in the Snapfish photo book builder

Adding Text

Add text to your photo book

Adding and Removing Pages

Add or remove photos from your photo book in the Snapfish builder

Aligning items with your keyboard

Align items in your photo book layouts

Copying items with your keyboard

Easy copy + paste options

Using Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts in the Snapfish builder

We have created a series of YouTube tutorials to give you a little more visualisation of the process. You can find these, and more information on the different types of photo books you can create in our blog post: What is a Photo Book? Or you can watch the How To videos below.

Have fun creating your photo book, and don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media. You can tag us on Instagram or Facebook or use the hashtag #snapfishuk.

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