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Print Apple iPhoto, Photos or Aperture Book with PrestoPhoto!

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Did you know Apple has stopped printing Apple Photo Books as of September 30th, 2018?

Looking for Apple Photo Book printing alternatives? You've come to the right place. At Presto Photo we match the printing specifications used by Apple and the provide the familiar templates so you get the high quality books you have always loved. And, we have lower prices to boot! We're here when you're ready to create your apple photo book!

macOS 10.15 "Catalina" Update Instructions

Before updating to macOS 10.15 "Catalina", please check out our App Upgrade page for information about PrestoPhoto App Version 2.2.0.

This update also no longer supports Aperture and iPhoto, so by updating you will lose access to past projects. We suggest you backup all of your photo book projects before updating.

How Do You Print an Apple Photo Book?

How Presto Photo prints Apple Photo Books

Our Photo Book Printing meets Apple's Photo Books specifications in nearly every way. We have created a product that feels similar to what you love, while also giving you more photo book printing options to pick from than ever before.

  1. PDF Exports from Photos, Aperture®, iPhoto®, or the Presto Photo App
  2. Upload your book to Presto Photo
  3. Pick your Photo Book Options and Order!

Presto Photo can print Apple Photo Books using a wide variety of file types.

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Print PDF Photo Books?
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Print Aperture Photo Books?
Yes No
Print iPhoto Photo Books?
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Print Apple Photos Photo Books?
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Where are our Apple Photo Books Printed?

Presto Photo has partnered with a large printing partner to produce high quality books the are very similar to the Apple style photo books. If you're looking for the best Apple Photo Book printing alternative, we got you covered, front to back.

Do you have Apple Photo Book templates?

Presto Photo has all of your favorite templates from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture and more! We have built an extensive template collection from your favorite Apple applications, so you can continue to create Apple Photo Books with the same style and design.

Supported Apple Programs

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  • Photos 1
  • Photos 2
  • Photos 3
  • Photos 4
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  • Aperture 3
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  • iPhoto '06 (6.0)
  • iPhoto '08 (7.0)
  • iPhoto '09 (8.0)
  • iPhoto '11 (9.0)

Quick Guides for Photos, iPhoto®, and Aperture®

Apple has discontinued their own printing, however PrestoPhoto can happily still print for these programs. Create your custom photo book in any program and enjoy PrestoPhoto's size options and great everyday pricing. It is easy, and only takes a few steps!

Apple Photos Guide
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  1. Complete your book in Photos
  2. Inside the project, CTRL+CLICK (or right-click) on the gray window background to and select Save as PDF...
  3. Upload the PDF to PrestoPhoto
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Apple iPhoto Guide
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  1. Complete your book in iPhoto
  2. Save your book as a Special Book PDF, CTRL+CLICK (or right-click) on iPhoto window background and select Save book as PDF...
  3. Upload the PDF to PrestoPhoto
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Apple Aperture Guide
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  1. Complete your book in Aperture
  2. Select the Print button from the upper right of the page >> Choose Save as PDF from the drop down menu at the bottom left >> Name your file and click Save
  3. Upload the PDF to PrestoPhoto
Aperture® Printing Help

How much does an Apple Photo Book cost?

Presto Photo books cost less, but have the same high quality! See how we compare to other Apple Book printers:

Printer 13"x11" Photo Book Cost 20 pgs with Dust Jacket 11"x8.5" Photo Book Cost 40 pgs with Dust Jacket
Presto $41.99 $45.99
Apple $49.99 $49.79
Mimeo $49.99 $49.79
Motif $49.99 $49.79
Shutterfly $79.99 Closest Comparable: 14"x11" Photo Book from Shutterfly $76.78

Apple Photo Book FAQs

Think of us as fraternal twins with Apple; our slogan is “Compatible, not identical”. While we print very similarly to Apple, we are a bit different since we’re not the same company. We have a slightly more aggressive crop line and there can always be some quality differences depending on personal preference. However, we take pride in our product and offermany more options for purchase at a much lower cost for you!

Note: We highly recommend that everyone checks out our page on making your images Presto ready, and the best they can be. This will help with (what could be) much heartbreak!

Currently our 11"x8.5" and 13"x10" hardcovers can have dust jackets, though by default our books do not come with a dust jacket. For these sizes, select the dust jacket option that is visible while checking out on the Buy Now page.

Of course you can. On the Buy Now page for your book, select the Layout button above the cover image. When this loads, check the box that says Show Crop Guides and take these guides into account when you are visualizing how your book will be printed. Anything that shows up under this guide has a chance of getting cropped off (cut off) during the production of your book. If there is anything important in this area, especially text, you want to fix it and reupload or be prepared for this element to be cropped.

In some book creation programs, the spine text you have input will be imported with the PDF file upload, though Apple with Photos some versions do not include the full cover when you save out your PDF file for upload. This means they include the front and back cover along with your dust jacket flaps, but not the actual spine of the book. We have no control over spine text when uploading a Apple Photos PDF file since it is not included with the file.

There is a way though: if your spine text is not displayed in your Apple PDF, you can insert your own spine text when you upload it to our website. After you have uploaded the book for Step 1:

  1. Within Step 2 find the area labeled Spine Text below the cover preview and Cover Text & Color section
  2. Enter the text you desire in the Top Spine Text, Center Spine Text, or Bottom Spine Text area
  3. After you've entered the text, click Update Cover at the bottom of the page for a preview of your spine text
  4. If you are fine with the results, go ahead and place your order. If not, edit the spine text and position until you reach your desired result. If you need to change the color of the spine text, in the box above labeled Cover Text & Colors has a Spine Text Color option to edit the color of the text, click on the box to the right to bring up the color picker, and when you are done click the Update Cover button at the bottom of the page to see your new preview

For sure! We know some Apple customers like to make their books a little bigger, and we don't want to limit them at 100 pages if you need more. With all of your books created, it's a simple process to combine them together on your own computer with the steps below:

  • Create your books following the steps for Photos, Aperture, or iPhoto with each book labeled (for example, Part 1, Part 2, etc)
  • Open all parts of your book in Preview
  • Turn on the Tumbnail view in each of the Preview windows by clicking View -> Thumbnails
  • Select the pages you want to add to the main book from the other PDF (not selecting the cover or dust jacket flaps because those are already in the PDF file) and drag and drop them to the other PDF file
  • You now have a book over 100 pages from either Aperture, iPhoto, or Photos, awesome!

Your book looks amazing, but by default text can be too close to the edge of the individual pages or the cover, which could result in that text being trimmed off in the book making process. There is a fix though.

In Apple Aperture:

Step 1

Step 1

Click Edit Layout and select the item you'd like to change

Step 2

Step 2

Use the square handles to move the text boxes towards the center of the page and adjust the sizing

Step 3

Step 3

Be sure that your cover and interior pages follow our Crop and Bleed guidelines for optimal results.

For Photos & iPhoto Users: There is less control in these programs over the layout and design of your photo project. If you are showing cropping issues in your layout preview for your book, you can potentially change the theme/template of your book or tweak how the images are laid out for your book. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us once you've uploaded and we will look it over.

Potentially a lot. You could have white borders placed on your interior pages and cover, your dust jacket flaps could print on interior pages, or your order could be delayed by going into our checking process to make sure with you this is what you wanted (if we catch an issue, we like to talk with you first).

Aperture Users: Please make sure to use the instructions for saving your file. Do not use the File->Save as->PDF method as it will give you a PDF file that we cannot print.

Some Aperture sizes can't be saved with the proper steps above because of their settings. We've got two fixes with some step-by-step visual guides to help:

Step 1

Step 1

Click Print in the upper right corner

Step 2

Step 2

Click the menu next to Paper Size and hover over US Letter

Step 3

Step 3

Select US Letter Borderless

Step 4

Step 4

Select PDF and then click Save as PDF. Upload your fixed PDF file over the old version, or as a new project here: Aperture Photo Book Upload

Still having issues? Follow these steps and it should fix your issues!

Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

Step 4

  1. Click Print in the top right hand corner
  2. Click the menu next to Paper Size and select "Manage Custom Sizes"
  3. In the new dialog box, click the + sign
  4. Under User Defined erase the numbers in all of the four boxes and click OK
    • Do not change the page size in this section
  5. Select PDF and then click Save as PDF
  6. Upload your fixed PDF file over the old version, or as a new project here: Aperture Photo Book Upload
  7. Enjoy your borderless ready for print book!

Your book could be saved improperly. Follow our guides for saving out in Photos, Aperture, or iPhoto to print with Presto Photo. If your book is saved with these steps and correctly uploaded, dust jacket flaps shouldn't appear on interior pages of your book. If you've tried the steps above and still can't get those dust jacket flaps in the right place, contact us and we'll see if we can help.

Yes it is. We even recommend it, as page numbers often times are right on the crop guide, meaning they could be partially or completly chopped off during production. We have guides to remove page numbers for each Apple program below:

For Aperture:

Step 1

Step 1

With your project open click on Book Actions (the Cog icon beside the +, -, and grid icon, you may have to hold the click for a moment for the drop down menu to show up)

Step 2

Step 2

Select the Page Numbers options

Step 3

Step 3

Click "Off" to remove page numbers from your project

For iPhoto:

Step 1

Step 1

With your project open click "Options" at the bottom right

Step 2

Step 2

Once the sidebar appears, click on "Book Settings"

Step 3

Step 3

Uncheck the box labeled "Show page numbers" and then click "OK".

Step 4

Step 4

Your page numbers are now gone.

For Photos:

  1. With your project open hold control on your keyboard and click on the background of the window or Right Click on the background of the window
  2. Click on Show Page Numbers if it has a check mark beside it
  3. Page numbers are now turned off for this project

Presto Photo can do that for you! You don't have to recreate your book in a new size, using our Auto-Scale technology, we can print you book in any of the sizes available in the books Buy Now page. For most Apple Photo Books, sizes go from 9"x7" to 14"x11", with many sizes inbetween. We also print Square Apple Photo Books in a couple of extra sizes too.

Getting Started is Easy

PrestoPhoto provides Apple comparable templates to help you create books consistent with what you’ve been making with Apple over the years. Apple iPhoto®, Photos, & Aperture® are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.. Our Photo Books are in no way endorsed by Apple Inc, however we have worked hard to make sure they match the look and feel of your existing books.


iphoto photo book

by Paula Wick, 31 Jul 2012 (20:39 UTC)
confused I uploaded one pdf created in iPhoto. My outside cover looks okay, but the flaps of the dust jacket seem to have become the first and last pages of the book, which I definitely don't want. Step 2 has been generating a preview of my dust jacket for more than 20 minutes. Do I need to start over with two separate pdf files?


Re: iphoto photo book

by PrestoPhoto Support, 01 Aug 2012 (18:42 UTC)
Hi, Paula!

Our engineering team has fixed the issue. Please try to upload a gain and email if you continue to have trouble!

PrestoPhoto Support

by , 08 Apr 2012 (05:46 UTC)
Hi there,

iPhoto limits user to 100 page photo books.
Is it possible to upload 2 iPhoto books and have them put into the one book and have a 300 0r 400 page book?


by PrestoPhoto Support, 09 Apr 2012 (13:44 UTC)
Greetings from PrestoPhoto, thank you for your email.

You can save the projects as 2 separate pdf's and then combine them using preview. Here's a link that will walk you through how to do this:

PrestoPhoto support

Printing an iPhoto book and 2 page spreads

by Daniel Cornfeld, 22 Dec 2011 (18:56 UTC)
Hello Support,

When I print to pdf in iPhoto, will the pdf have the approrpiate amount of bleed or am i going to lose 1/8 inch around each margin? If so, I will have to save the albulm as a bunch of jpeg files, import into Adobe Photoshop / InDesign, and resize each page.

Also, I am unclear how to create 2 page spreads in Photoshop / Indesign taking into account overlap and bleed. Do I only overlap into the area where there is no bleed and still leave the exterme 1/8th inch blank? You also recommend an additional 1/4 inch saftey zone around each page. How does that factor into the spread creation? Can you direct me to a tutorial or give a work or two of advice.

Thank you for your help.

Re: Printing an iPhoto book and 2 page spreads

by PrestoPhoto Support, 22 Dec 2011 (19:23 UTC)

Greetings from PrestoPhoto!

iPhoto books are subject to the 1/4 inch trim that occurs in Production, however this typically does not interfere with iPhoto layouts. Occasionally when customers order an Imagewrap Hardcover the iPhoto cover text falls over the Hardcover fold line. And if a iPhoto creator pushes their text to the very edge of the page this can be a concern but when this happens, rarely, it is caught by QA and the customer is notified and simply goes back, moves their text in a little, and then re-uploads the file.

Once you upload your book you can easily view the pages in association with the Red Crop Guide offered at Step 3 in the Layout Previews.

You can read more about Cropping and Bleed here:

And here is a link to trouble-shooting using other software that you were asking about - bleeds are addressed here as well:

As a general rule of thumb for creating 2 page spreads you would allow for a bit of an overlap for each side of the picture - .25" on each side. This then falls into the gutter and the picture lines up appropriately. The Flip Preview at Step 3 will give you a good idea what your two page spread will look like. We do not recommend for designers to account for any bleed by using blank white space - unless white space is what is intentionally desired. This (if not trimmed or "guttered" properly) allows for to much contrast and typically stands out very much. It is safer to allow more non-vital content, background color, or overlapping image to be what is allowed for the bleeds and the gutter.

If you have other questions or if I missed something let us know!

PrestoPhoto support

Two PDF file formats from iPhoto 9.1.1

by Alain Bollschweiler, 06 Jan 2011 (19:55 UTC)
Hello PrestoPhoto Support,

When I uploaded the PDF file generated by iPhoto 9.1.1 (right-click on the background area of the pages display, then "Save Book as PDF..."), I saw that I had the problem described before that the first two pages of the PDF file are the complete covers, one with flaps, the other without flaps. Reading the instructions again, I noticed that you're using the Print menu, and then PDF -> Save as PDF... This second method seems to produce a file corresponding to what PrestoPhoto expects; the problem here is that the new file size is 574MB instead of the 68MB produced by the first (and more convenient) method. Therefore, my questions are:
1.- Is the quality of the small file enough for printing a photo book?
2.- Would the printed book be of better quality if the large were used?
3.- Is there a way of fine-tuning the quality (and size) of a PDF file without buying an expensive product?
4.- Do you have plans to support the first (smaller) file format?
5.- Do you have plans to allow more than 500MB of storage per user?

Thank you very much for any advice.


Re: Two PDF file formats from iPhoto 9.1.1

by PrestoPhoto Support, 21 Feb 2011 (18:16 UTC)

Greetings from PrestoPhoto and thanks for your interest.
Please send a note to with your user i.d and we'll take a look at your book :)

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