App Tips

Documentation for using the PrestoPhoto macOS App as an Apple Photos Extension.

Start your Project

Make sure you have the PrestoPhoto Version 2.0 downloaded and installed either from the macOS App Store or directly from our website. If you are using Version 1.1 of the app, you will not be able to follow along with this tutorial. You'll want to start by selecting your photos for your photo book project. Once selected, right click on any photo, go to Create Book PrestoPhoto.

You'll have a few options here, select your orientation (Landscape, Square, or Portrait), and then select the size you would like your photo book to be. With 24 sizes to choose from, we're sure we have the right one for you.

Then select your template, number of pages you want to start in your book, if you'd like images to be placed on template pages for you, and the maximum number of images you would like per page.

Download the PrestoPhoto App in the macOS App Store

Still using Version 1.1 or the Apple Pages portion of the app? Check out our Apple Pages Help Page for more information.

Photo Book Design Basics

After selecting your product options, you'll end up in the design portion of our app. On this page, you'll see your books pages in the left hand side box, all of the photos in your photo book project in the bottom scrolling box, and to the right you will see your current page you are editing.

The first two pages that show in the page setup preview are the Front Cover (FC) and the Back Cover (BC). From there, the book starts with Page 1 on the right side, as most all books that we print have a endleaf that goes on the left of Page 1.

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Photos Drawer

Below is the photos drawer, where all of the photos you selected for your project will show up. All of the images that are grayed out are currently placed on pages, making it easier to tell if you've already used an image or not. The page number it's on is in the bottom left hand corner of the thumbnail.

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Page Layout

In the largest area of the window is the current selected page layout. This is where most of the work is done. You can zoom in and out of this working area with the sliding bar in the top right.

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Adjust Image Size and Crop

To adjust how your image is displayed in the current layout, just click on the image. You can hold your click and move the image around in the image box, or you can adjust the slider that appears above the page layout to hide the slider again and bring back the icon to add Images and Text

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Edit Layout

Click the Edit Layout button to gain control over your image boxes and text boxes. You can make them bigger, smaller, a different size orientation, you can even rotate them.

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You can also flip your page designs with the Flip Vertical and Flip Horizontal tools to better suit your layout needs.

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Add Images and Text

Above the page you are currently editing is a button that you can click to add page elements:

  1. Add Image
  2. Add Title
  3. Add Caption
  4. Add Paragraph

When you click Add Title, Add Caption, or Add Paragraph, a new text box will be added to your current page layout. Title will bring up a large font size, Caption will bring up a medium font size, and Paragraph will bring up a small font size. Double click on the box to type text and bring up the text editing options. When you are finished, you may want to click on the gray background to get access to the icon again.

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When you click Add Image, a new image box will be placed on your current page layout. To edit the size and placement of that image box, make sure you are in Edit Layout mode.

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Change Text Color

To change your text color, highlight and select the text which color you'd like to change and go to the color box that appears in the text options above, click on the box and select your desired color. For more options, click on the color wheel in the bottom right hand corner.

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Rearrange your Pages

To rearrange pages, select the page you want to move in the left hand box, and drag it to the new place in the book you would like it placed.

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Choose a Background Color

To the left of the Edit Layout button is the Background Color button, where you can change the background color of your current page you are editing.

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Add a Background Image

To add a background image to a page, you you'll need click the and select Add Image. Click the Stretch Vertical Stretch Vertical Icon and Stretch Horizontal Stretch Horizontal Icon buttons to make it the height and width of the page, then place your background image. When you're done, you can right click the image, then select Arrange -> Send to Back. This will send the full size image to the back below all of the other images placed on the page, but above the background color of the page.

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Apply Template Pages

Select the page you want a template applied to, so that it is showing in the right hand box. Click the Templates button beside pages above your page layout view, select a template, and a list of template options will be displayed. Click on a template and it will be applied to the current page.

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Adding, Deleting, and Duplicating Pages

Below your book pages preview to the left is a to add pages to your book and a to remove them. The will add new pages after your currently selected page one at a time.

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The icon will ask to confirm if you want to delete your current selected page before it deletes it.

The icon will duplicate the current selected template pages design, great for reusing a custom made template design throughout your book.

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Undo and Redo

If you need to undo an action on a page, you can go to the menu above and select Edit -> Undo to undo your last actions on the current page. If you go back too far, below is the option to Redo which you can redo something you've undone. When you switch between pages, this starts fresh so you won't undo an action made on another page you aren't currently on.

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Undo and Redo actions in the PrestoPhoto App

Add more Photos to a Photo Book Project

If you need to add more photos to your project or started your project without photos selected, go back to your Photo Library or select a Photo Album, select the photos you want in your project. You have two options to choose from: either drag the photos to your project or right click and go to Add To and select your project.

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Add more photos to your Photo Book Project

Change your project name

To rename your project title, double click on the title at the top of your screen with your project open, and type in your new project title. Press Enter when you are done to de-select the project title.

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Buy your Project

To purchase your project, click on the Buy Now button in the top right hand corner of the window. You project will then be uploaded to the website, and will show you all of the available purchase options for your project. You can continue editing your book by clicking Edit.

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Export a Photo Book PDF

When you are ready, you can export a PDF to upload to our website for print. In the top right hand corner beside Buy Now, there is an Export button which will export your project to PDF for purchase. Just choose your file name and where you would like to save the PDF, and click Save.

You also have the option of exporting individual files of each page and the cover as either PNG files or JPG files.

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Create a Print Set

To create a print set, remember that our minimum print order is 4. If you make a print set and want 4 prints of the same photo, you'll want to drag and drop the image on each of the 4 pages in the print set. You'll have two different options for print types:

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Photo Print Example

Photo Print

Classic photo print backing with FujiFilm repeated in a pattern, with a higher gloss finish on the front photo print and matte on the back

Press Print Example

Press Print

White backing with a Semi-Gloss finish and slightly thicker stock than the Photo Print

Find your App Version Number

If you want to find out if you have the most recent version of the app, click on the in the top right hand corner and a window will pop down. This window has information on which version of the app you are using, your current macOS version, and some helpful links and information.

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Need more help?

If you're stuck or have an issue, you can send us an email or start a thread on our PrestoPhoto App Beta forum

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