How to Build a Photobook With Mimeo Photos

Here are some tips to create your next photobook like a pro!

Start Creating

As an extension to the Photos App on the Mac, you can start creating your photobook right from your existing photo library. More details can be found here.

Create a project with Mimeo Photos

After selecting a photobook in the product selector, you can choose from six different sizes. Mimeo Photos also offers hardcover and softcover photobooks based on your preference. If you create a beautiful hardcover book, it also comes in a protective book cover!

Smart Themes

After selecting your photobook product, you may choose a library of unique preset themes to choose from. Each theme offers something different to your photo project with various colors and layouts.

Once you upload your photos, these “smart themes” process, create, and autofill your images to create layouts that best fit your photos. Use smart themes to minimize the amount of cropping necessary when building your photobook.

Mimeo Photos also offers the choice to select a blank theme, allowing you to design your photobook from scratch. Creativity is endless with this option, and our tools make it easier than ever.

picking themes with Mimeo Photos

Pan/Zoom And Transform Photos

When selecting an image on a page, there are a few tools available to customize your photos. The first is the Pan/Zoom tool, indicated by a hand icon. When selected, you are able to move the image around or zoom in/out within its existing frame.

The next is the transform tool which allows you to change the dimensions of a photo and move it around on a page.

Transform photos on the Mimeo Photos App

You may also rotate your image within the frame with the “Rotate” option. Select “Background” to showcase your photos in full bleed, creating more compelling pages. And if you have images overlapping on one page, choose which ones move to the front or back.

Photo Tool

The photo tool located on the right panel contains the photos you selected to create your photobook. You can use this feature to drag and drop photos into your book. It also allows you to manage the photos already placed in the book, indicated by check marks. If a photo is being used more than once, this will be indicated by a number.

Mimeo Photos changing photos in photobook

Text Tool

To add text, select a photobook page and click “Add Empty Text Box”. You may also select existing text to access the text tool. Mimeo Photos offers countless fonts, sizes, colors, and more to customize your words however you like.

Customize text with mimeo photos

Layout Tool

Mimeo Photos offers several ways to customize the layouts on your photobook pages. Simply have a page selected, click the layout tool on the right panel toolbar, choose the number of photos you would like, and choose the layout you prefer. There are also many spread page layout options to choose from.

When selected, Mimeo Photos will automatically display your existing photos on the page in the new layout chosen.

Mimeo photos layout tool

Alignment Tools

When moving your photos around on a page, green or pink lines will appear to guide you. Green lines make it easy to snap to specific placements on the page (ie. the center). Pink lines help align your photos against edges of existing images on the page, creating a neat, organized, and professional looking grid of photos.

Guide lines allow Mimeo Photos users to move and snap photos to alignments

Background Tool

Add some color to your photobook pages with the Mimeo Photos background tool. Located on the right panel toolbar, the background tool offers various color options to make your images pop!

Background colors to change the color of your photobook pages

Mimeo Photos Tool

On the bottom of the right side toolbar, the Mimeo Photos Button shows additional settings while working on your project. You can sign up for 20% off your first order, change between the light and darks themes, or turn on/off auto-size canvas.

Mimeo Photos settings tool

Organize Tool

The tool panel located on the bottom allows you to re-organize your entire book, and add or remove page spreads. Select, drag, and drop pages in this view to switch the order of your photobook pages.

Organize photobook pages with Mimeo Photos

 

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  • Gaby Gomez

    September 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    Hi, I want to zoom in on a picture I placed on a page in my photobook to check out and see if everyone looks […] Read MoreHi, I want to zoom in on a picture I placed on a page in my photobook to check out and see if everyone looks fine, but I think this feature is not available? Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Gaby Gomez

      October 3, 2018 at 9:44 am
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      Hi, Gaby! I thought you might find this article helpful on how to use the pan/zoom tool

    • Lisa Charbonneau
      to Gaby Gomez

      October 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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      I downloaded Mimeo...It quits constantly...I cannot convert a project to mimeo like the prompt says...when I try to make a new project using mimeo, it […] Read MoreI downloaded Mimeo...It quits constantly...I cannot convert a project to mimeo like the prompt says...when I try to make a new project using mimeo, it will not work. I am running Mojave and have done all updates Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Lisa Charbonneau

      October 30, 2018 at 10:12 am
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      Hi, Gaby. Thank you for your patience. Are you using the "Convert" button?

    • Phillip
      to Lisa Charbonneau

      October 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm
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      Further to Lisa's post - I too am unable to get the App to work, it quits repeatedly - I am running Mojave 10.14. Also […] Read MoreFurther to Lisa's post - I too am unable to get the App to work, it quits repeatedly - I am running Mojave 10.14. Also cannot clear photos from the sorting screen at base of screen. Sorry - this App does not work, I shall have to try another party to get my work completed. Read Less

  • Sweety

    September 10, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    Thank you for awesome blog. Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had […] Read MoreThank you for awesome blog. Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article. Read Less

    • Deborah Lalehzar
      to Sweety

      September 17, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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      Thank you so much! We are glad it helps!

    • Lorraine
      to Deborah Lalehzar

      September 23, 2018 at 2:50 am
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      I just ordered my first photo book and it took 5 hours to upload the photos after I placed my order - is this normal. […] Read MoreI just ordered my first photo book and it took 5 hours to upload the photos after I placed my order - is this normal. I am in the UK Read Less

    • Anne Murphy
      to Lorraine

      October 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm
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      I have tried to download and open the Mimeo app but can’t. It says can’ t be opened in Ireland. Is this true

    • Lauren Davis
      to Anne Murphy

      October 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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      Hi, Anne! The Mimeo Photos app is available globally. Are you running Mojave on your Mac?

  • Ivy Cubell

    September 5, 2018 at 10:36 am
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    How do you edit a photo (I.e., color, light, etc) once you place it on a Mimeo page phonebook layout - iPhotos let you double […] Read MoreHow do you edit a photo (I.e., color, light, etc) once you place it on a Mimeo page phonebook layout - iPhotos let you double click a photo in the book and edit it Read Less

    • Deborah Lalehzar
      to Ivy Cubell

      September 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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      Hi Ivy! This is a feature that we are currently working on to integrate into our app in the future. As of now, you must […] Read MoreHi Ivy! This is a feature that we are currently working on to integrate into our app in the future. As of now, you must edit photos before you create your photobook. Stay tuned for future updates! Read Less

    • Marc
      to Deborah Lalehzar

      October 2, 2018 at 3:32 am
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      Dear Deborah, After updating to Ver 3.0.0. the "round trip editing" tool isn't working after the "double" click. Cann you tell me if it works with other […] Read MoreDear Deborah, After updating to Ver 3.0.0. the "round trip editing" tool isn't working after the "double" click. Cann you tell me if it works with other people? Should I still edit with apple before creating my photobook? Thanks in advance for your response. Marc Belgium Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Marc

      October 3, 2018 at 9:46 am
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      Hi, Marc! I'm happy to hear you've updated to Mimeo Photos 3.0.0. This version of the app is tightly integrated with macOS Mojave. Have you upgraded […] Read MoreHi, Marc! I'm happy to hear you've updated to Mimeo Photos 3.0.0. This version of the app is tightly integrated with macOS Mojave. Have you upgraded to Mojave? Here is more information on using Round Trip Editing that I think you may find useful. Read Less

  • Kristina

    September 4, 2018 at 2:25 am
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    How do I upload my photos from Photos to Mimeo? Thanks!

    • Deborah Lalehzar
      to Kristina

      September 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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      Hi Kristina! You can easily upload photos from your Photos App to Mimeo Photos by selecting the images you want to use before creating your […] Read MoreHi Kristina! You can easily upload photos from your Photos App to Mimeo Photos by selecting the images you want to use before creating your project. This article may help you get started with that: https://www.mimeophotos.com/blog/get-started-mimeo-photos/ And as always, if you need further help, please reach out to the support team! help@mimeophotos.com Read Less

  • Susan Bunnell

    September 2, 2018 at 11:25 pm
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    As a Dinosaur I am having problems adding text to a photo on a page. i have read your clear instructions above, but still […] Read MoreAs a Dinosaur I am having problems adding text to a photo on a page. i have read your clear instructions above, but still have a problem. I can type the text comment, but can't leave it on the pager (if you see what I mean!) Thanking you in advance Susan Bunnell Melbourne Australia bunsa1@bigpond.com Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Susan Bunnell

      September 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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      Thanks for reaching out, Susan! Here's some information about using text in your photo project: http://support.mimeophotos.com/creating-and-editing/using-text-in-your-photo-project We hope this helps! Please reach out to us at […] Read MoreThanks for reaching out, Susan! Here's some information about using text in your photo project: http://support.mimeophotos.com/creating-and-editing/using-text-in-your-photo-project We hope this helps! Please reach out to us at help@mimeophotos.com if you need additional assistance. Read Less

    • Susan
      to Susan Bunnell

      September 7, 2018 at 2:47 am
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      Thank you for your helpful and prompt reply an dI have read up the support info. This is much appreciated, but am still having […] Read MoreThank you for your helpful and prompt reply an dI have read up the support info. This is much appreciated, but am still having difficulties adding text, but will continue to practice. At the present time, I am missing the ease of using IPhoto! In order to use the font and its sizes, do I have to highlight the sentence? I think I am getting confused between IPhoto and the new Mimeo. Sorry!! Thank you again Kind regards Susan bunsa1@bigpond.com Read Less

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