Photo Book Formats and Features

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Attention: Apple announces that the Apple Print Product Stores will not accept any orders for print products any longer after September 30, 2018. So be sure to place all orders for your photo books by that date.

The photo Project extensions can convert the book, so you can order print products. But the formatting may change and you cannot save the a PDF of a book. To save and archive your books, formatted as they are now, to be printed by other print services, create a PDF preview of the book (Preview a print project in Photos or iPhoto to avoid issues - Apple Support).


Photos for Mac has a rich selection of templates for the photo books, but when browsing the templates it it hard to tell, which page layouts will be available.


Here is a list of features for the templates in the Classic - Large (33 x 25 cm) layout (as currently seen in Photos for Mac, MacOS X 10.11.3)


  • Monograph: One photo per page, spread pages, text pages, no maps, colored backgrounds and image background. The title page has one photo.
  • Simple Shots: Up to twelve photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to seven photos, spread pages with up to six smaller photos, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are outlined with darker borders. The title page can have one, eight, or eleven photos.
  • Picture Book: Up to sixteen photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with up to three smaller photos, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are separated by white dividing lines. The title page can have up to four photos.
  • Travel Shots: Up to twelve photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to eleven photos, spread pages with up to six smaller photos, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are outlined with gray borders. The title page can have one, eight, or eleven photos.
  • Gallery: Up to twelve photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with up to two smaller photos, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are separated by white lines. The title page can have 1, 2, or 6 photos.
  • Portfolio: Up to 48 photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with up to two smaller photos, only a white background. The photos are separated by white lines. The title page can have one or three photos.
  • Big Text: Extra large fonts. Up to 4 photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with one smaller photo or text, only a white background, no separating lines between the photos. The title page has only one photo.
  • Journal: Handwriting text. The textbooks look like pasted in snippets. Up to sixteen photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to five photos, spread pages with up to five smaller photos, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are outlined with light brown borders. The title page has one photo.
  • Photo Essay: Up to twelve photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to eight photos, spread pages with up to six smaller photos or two panoramic shots on top of each other, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are separated by white lines. The title page has one photo.
  • Travelogue: Looks like a scrap book with photos and snippets of text pasted in. Up to nine photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with up to 3 smaller photos or two panoramic shots on top of each other, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are framed by white lines. The title page has one or three photos.
  • Modern Lines: Up to four photos per page, text pages, only a full page map, spread pages with up to three smaller photos or two panoramic shots on top of each other, colored backgrounds and image background. The photos are separated by white lines and black hairlines. The title page has one or three photos.
  • Contemporary: Up to three photos per page, text pages, only a full page map, only a full page spread, white or grey background only. No separating lines between the photos. The title page has one or three photos.
  • Bento Box: Up to nine photos per page, text pages, map pages with up to three photos, spread pages with up to three smaller photos or two panoramic shots on top of each other, colored backgrounds and image background. Textfields have a darker background. The photos are separated by white lines. The title page has one or three photos.
  • Showcase: Only one photo per page, text pages with large text, full page map pages, spread pages with only one photo, colored backgrounds and image background. The title page has one photo.