File Formats: Uncompressed image formats such as TIFF and PNG will yield the best quality (compared with compressed formats such as JPG).
Resolution: 300 dpi at the given output size will yield the highest quality. For example, if you want an image to be 10 inches wide, you would need that image to be at least 3000 pixels wide.
Many photos will still reproduce well at resolutions down to 150 dpi. Images below 150 dpi will cause Motif to issue image quality warnings at checkout. Warnings can be ignored if you choose, however.
Please note zooming images requires they have enough resolution to support the enlargement. For example, take the same image discussed above and zoom it such that half the original image is now full frame. Those five inches of the original image also need 300 dpi (i.e., the original would have needed 6000 pixels of width).
RGB vs CMYK: Either mode is fine. Both are ultimately converted to CMYK by the RIPs on the printing presses (which do an excellent job).
You can add a two-page spread by clicking the Plus icon in the upper-right corner of either Page View or Project View.
Please note the following:
While individual pages cannot be removed, you can delete two-page spreads by following these steps:
Please note: a photo book needs to have a minimum length of 20 pages. Therefore, a spread cannot be deleted from a a book with 20 pages.
Yes, you can follow these steps to add a text-only page:
Alternatively, you can also follow these steps to move the text to a different location.
The maximum number of images that can be manually added to a page is 36. The Motif layout autoflow provides one preset layout for nine images.
The number of images that can be placed on a page (if using Autoflow) or recommended for a page (if not using Autoflow) depends on the selected theme. Some themes have a small photo count (1–4), while others allow for more (4–9).
Books have a maximum length of 100 pages, so they can accommodate anywhere from 100 to 900 photos. A typical book includes between 200 and 400 photos.
The maximum number depends on the theme you choose. The average is about 96 in total, or 8 images per month. There is one page for each month.
Of course. Just follow these steps:
Alternatively, you can drag an additional photo onto the page and explore the suggested position options for the new photo.
Motif analyzes the collection of photos you start with and recommends a book length based on how many images there are and their quality. This recommendation is presented on the Book Length page.
You can perform the following actions on the Book Length page:
Your page count, number of images, and price all adjust as you make changes while using this page.
Yes. You can do this by manually enlarging the image to span both pages. Simply follow these steps:
Note the area between the two pages (i.e., the middle) will become part of the book binding. This means you will lose about 0.5"/1.27 cm of the image. Avoid placing bodies, faces, texts, or objects in this area. Scenic shots work best.
In future Motif releases, we plan to provide preset two-page layouts.
If you are working on macOS High Sierra (10.13), follow these steps:
If you are working on macOS Mojave (10.14), follow one of the following steps:
In all above cases, new images will display in the Image Tray if the "Recent Additions" filter is active.
Currently, there is no way to remove photos from a project. This feature might be added in future releases.
You can scroll through your photos in the Image Tray at the bottom of Motif’s screen by swiping the trackpad, navigating with your mouse, or using the grey scrollbar at the bottom of the Image Tray.