Converting Your Apple Photo Project to a PDF

Before you download a converter application, take a look at how simple the conversion process really is.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Leonardo da Vinci once said. That seems to be the operating philosophy behind one of Mac’s signature features, Apple Photos.

You can reprint your past Apple Photos projects by converting them into PDFs. These PDFs can be reprinted with Mimeo Photos using the Apple Photo Project Ordering Service. Read on to find out how.

Converting Apple Photo Projects to PDFs

Apple Photos effectively turns your Mac into its own print store. However, Apple Photos will be discontinuing its photo print services starting September 30, 2018.

You can create PDFs from your past and current Apple Photos projects. These PDFs can be converted and reprinted through Mimeo Photos. Your photo project will be identical to the one you created through Apple Photos.

Select PDF export from file menu

Follow the steps below to convert your Apple Photos project into a PDF:

  1. If you’ve already created your book, find it in the My Projects tab.
  2. Click File to open up the menu.
  3. Select Export from the menu and Export Book as PDF… (If you selected a card or a calendar in Projects, the menu will read Export Card as PDF or Export Calendar as PDF.)
  4. The Save As option will ask you to name the file and choose where to save it.
  5. Check the Export production PDF checkbox.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Find the PDF in the location that you’ve chosen to save it. Click on it.
  8. When it opens in Preview, go through and make sure it appears exactly the way you want it.

How to Export a Photo Project

Using the right-click shortcut:

  1. If you’ve already created your book, find it in the My Projects tab.
  2. Move your cursor over the area inside the project display. Control-click or right-click within this area.
  3. Select Save Book as PDF from the menu that appears. (If you selected a card or a calendar in Projects, the menu will read Save Card as PDF or Save Calendar as PDF.)
  4. The Save As option will ask you to name the file and choose where to save it.
  5. Check the Export production PDF checkbox.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Find the PDF in the location that you’ve chosen to save it. Click on it.
  8. When it opens in Preview, go through and make sure it appears exactly the way you want it.

Let’s say you want to save multiple photos that you’ve previewed into a single PDF.

  1. Select all the photos that you want to bundle together.
  2. Then click on File at the top of your browser.
  3. One of the options in the drop-down menu should be Print Selected Images. You’ll have the option of saving it to a PDF.
  4. When you click on this option, the PDF will consist of multiple pages, with one image laid out per page.

Converting photos to PDF is an excellent way to upload files, assemble projects, or streamline personalized layouts across a range of platforms.

To get started, download the Mimeo Photos app from the macOS store. Mimeo Photos will guide you through the conversion steps.

Select Mimeo Photos from the more menu

Using Mimeo Photos

After your PDF conversion is complete import it to the Apple Photo Project Ordering Service for fast reprint. Your Mimeo Photos project will be reprinted with the same materials and in identical quality as your Apple project.

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  • Fabio

    October 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    I can not export the Mimeo project to PDF. The old Apple native application allows you to export to PDF. Missing the Apple App :(

    • Lauren Davis
      to Fabio

      October 25, 2018 at 9:43 am
      Reply

      Hi there, Fabio. Thanks for the feedback. This is a user request that we hear often and are considering for future releases. Hopefully, soon, you […] Read MoreHi there, Fabio. Thanks for the feedback. This is a user request that we hear often and are considering for future releases. Hopefully, soon, you won't be missing Apple. Read Less

    • Manny
      to Lauren Davis

      December 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm
      Reply

      Yes I would love to convert my project and save as PDF....I have already purchased a hardcover book but would also love a digital copy […] Read MoreYes I would love to convert my project and save as PDF....I have already purchased a hardcover book but would also love a digital copy too. Read Less

    • Hilmar Ingimundarson
      to Lauren Davis

      January 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm
      Reply

      Its rather annoying that you can't print PDF of current MIMEO projects? Its a service we would really need to have to store and save […] Read MoreIts rather annoying that you can't print PDF of current MIMEO projects? Its a service we would really need to have to store and save current projects out of Photo app. With hopes of quick response, Himmi Read Less

    • Nancie Rivera
      to Lauren Davis

      January 13, 2019 at 10:44 am
      Reply

      When is that release?

    • Nancie Rivers
      to Nancie Rivera

      January 13, 2019 at 11:07 am
      Reply

      This is so frustrating! I used toeadiky save my Apple projects, now can’t ! There is no option in Expirt to save […] Read MoreThis is so frustrating! I used toeadiky save my Apple projects, now can’t ! There is no option in Expirt to save as Pdf as what you instructed! Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Nancie Rivers

      January 14, 2019 at 4:23 pm
      Reply

      Hi Nancie, are you trying to export your Mimeo Photos project as a pdf or are you trying to convert your older Apple project to […] Read MoreHi Nancie, are you trying to export your Mimeo Photos project as a pdf or are you trying to convert your older Apple project to a pdf? Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Nancie Rivers

      May 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm
      Reply

      Hi Nancie, With the latest Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the Option key > […] Read MoreHi Nancie, With the latest Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the Option key > clicking the “Buy” button and entering in your email address. Read Less

    • Stéphanie Dupré
      to Lauren Davis

      January 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm
      Reply

      Yes it is a pity that one can not export anymore the photo projects into pdf... When can we expect a new release that includes […] Read MoreYes it is a pity that one can not export anymore the photo projects into pdf... When can we expect a new release that includes this feature? Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Stéphanie Dupré

      May 30, 2019 at 3:21 pm
      Reply

      Hi, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! All you have to […] Read MoreHi, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! All you have to do is hold down the Option key > click the Buy Button > and enter your email address. Read Less

    • Luke
      to Lauren Davis

      January 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm
      Reply

      So, given that it is now January 2019, has any decision been made to restore our ability to export our projects as PDF files? Mimeo's […] Read MoreSo, given that it is now January 2019, has any decision been made to restore our ability to export our projects as PDF files? Mimeo's printing services are excellent, but I need this feature, or I sadly must find other solutions. How much longer to decide? Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Luke

      May 30, 2019 at 3:17 pm
      Reply

      Hi Luke, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! All you have […] Read MoreHi Luke, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! All you have to do is hold down the Option key > click the Buy Button > and enter your email address. Read Less

    • Larry
      to Fabio

      January 26, 2019 at 3:49 am
      Reply

      The option to save a project as a pdf file is very useful and critically important. You too advertize this option to print former Apple […] Read MoreThe option to save a project as a pdf file is very useful and critically important. You too advertize this option to print former Apple projects. Then why is this option not available in your software? Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Larry

      May 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm
      Reply

      Hi Larry, In the most recent Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the option key […] Read MoreHi Larry, In the most recent Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the option key and clicking the “Buy” button. Enter your email address and a pdf will be sent to you. Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Fabio

      May 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm
      Reply

      Hi, With the latest Mimeo Photos update you can now export your project as a pdf. Just, hold down the “Option” key, click the “Buy” button, […] Read MoreHi, With the latest Mimeo Photos update you can now export your project as a pdf. Just, hold down the “Option” key, click the “Buy” button, enter your email address and a pdf of your project will be sent to your email. Read Less

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Fabio

      May 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm
      Reply

      Hi Fabio, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! To save as […] Read MoreHi Fabio, We are excited to announce that in the latest Mimeo Photos update, you can now save your project as a pdf! To save as a pdf: Hold the "Option" key while simultaneously clicking the "Buy" button Enter your email address and a pdf of your project will be sent to you Read Less

  • Luis Rodriguez

    October 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
    Reply

    I am trying to export a book created in Mimeo Photos to PDF but it does NOT show in the menu as indicated by you. […] Read MoreI am trying to export a book created in Mimeo Photos to PDF but it does NOT show in the menu as indicated by you. Please advise. Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Luis Rodriguez

      October 22, 2018 at 10:21 am
      Reply

      Hi, Luis. This article discusses how to convert an Apple Photo Project into a PDF. At this time, do not offer a way to export […] Read MoreHi, Luis. This article discusses how to convert an Apple Photo Project into a PDF. At this time, do not offer a way to export PDFs from Mimeo Photos. However, this is a popular request. I’ve made note of your specific request to prioritize it for future releases. Read Less

    • Guy Samson
      to Lauren Davis

      April 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm
      Reply

      How can I revert to older version of Photos software that does not include Mimeo so I can export books as PDF?

    • Michele Hamparian
      to Luis Rodriguez

      May 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm
      Reply

      Hi Luis, With the latest Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the option key and […] Read MoreHi Luis, With the latest Mimeo Photos update, you are now able to save your project as a pdf by holding down the option key and clicking the “Buy” button. Read Less

  • Andrea Ditillo

    October 20, 2018 at 4:49 am
    Reply

    vorrei capire come convertire un proìgetto creato con mimeo phos in file PDF grazie

    • Lauren Davis
      to Andrea Ditillo

      October 22, 2018 at 9:51 am
      Reply

      Hi, Andrea. Currently, we do not offer a way to export PDFs from Mimeo Photos. However, this is a popular request. I've made note of […] Read MoreHi, Andrea. Currently, we do not offer a way to export PDFs from Mimeo Photos. However, this is a popular request. I've made note of your specific request to prioritize it for future releases. Read Less

  • Robert Pestes

    September 30, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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    In Ios photos, I open an existing project, but nowhere do I see the CONVERT option. I have the latest Mimeo app installed. […] Read MoreIn Ios photos, I open an existing project, but nowhere do I see the CONVERT option. I have the latest Mimeo app installed. Please advise, step by step, how this option works. Thank you. Read Less

    • Malte
      to Robert Pestes

      December 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm
      Reply

      Use in the menu File > Export > as PDF. In the dialog check the box with "production PDF" (bottom of dialog).

  • IntricatePixels

    September 26, 2018 at 3:13 am
    Reply

    This is a big relief, I have many Apple Photos projects on my macOS Photos app that need to be downloaded to a PDF and […] Read MoreThis is a big relief, I have many Apple Photos projects on my macOS Photos app that need to be downloaded to a PDF and then converted to a Photos Extension, going to give Mimeo Photos a try. Read Less

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