How do you actually make a Photo Book? Well, you’re starting in the right place. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, graphic designer or artist to make a Photo Book that’s a true work of art. Photo Books are more secure (and stylish) than traditional photo albums, giving you the opportunity to collect all your photos in a bound collection. Plus, making a high-quality Photo Book takes no more than a few clicks, a bit of imagination and of course, all your favourite photos.

These beautiful photo displays are much more than keepsakes. They can be a coffee table book or even a portfolio of your greatest work (if you want to show off your designer, tattoo artist or architect skills). Start planning to make your own Book, with our handy guide to make sure it’s designed to perfection:

Step 1: Pick your style

Photo Books come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it’s all about your own personal preference. Go for a Square Softcover Photo Book or an impressive A3 Lay Flat Photo Book, a spiral-bound keepsake or a pocket-sized mini memory Book — everything from the size, finish and type of paper can be easily tweaked to match your taste.

Step 2: Choose your photos

We don’t recommend dropping a whole photo folder straight into your Photo Book —  the best Books take time. First of all, try choosing the cover shot. This is the image that will be the face of your Photo Book, so make it a good one!

If your Photo Book has a theme, like a birthday or a wedding album, then a shot of the cake, bride’s bouquet or the venue can be a lovely and subtle cover image. Instagram-worthy images of flowers, venues, shoes, decorations and food are great as filler images too and can give your party or wedding photo album a real sense of flow, punctuating key shots with other aspects of the day, and highlighting the experience as a whole.

Step 3: Order your photos

Unlike standard photo albums, which can become a haphazard collection of images, Photo Books give a sense of narrative, so take the opportunity to tell your story. If it’s a single day you’re capturing in your Book, make sure that you’ve got photos from morning to evening.

Order your images chronologically for Books documenting a whole year of family fun, or order them in ‘episodes’ with holidays and special occasions grouped together and separated by a cover shot (maybe one of the beach if it’s for a sandy getaway). You can even order them by person if you each have photos you want included from your own individual days out, or just go ahead and stick your most loved photos at the front.

Step 4: Find your layout

This is part all down to you. You can have one photo per page, opt for a lively collage layout and add captions with details of the event or a favourite quote – you can even get fancy and have a double-page spread of a favourite panoramic shot. Pick a theme and background colour to complement your images – white florals for weddings go down a treat.

Our layouts make it easy to design anything from a memory book to a recipe book, with pretty embellishments or super fun illustrations (everyone needs a party hat or flowers in their hair, after all) and borders and themes are all easily drag-and-dropped into your design. Go for single page or double page layouts, play with full-page spreads or just one image artistically centred in the middle of your page.

Step 5: Fall in love

Once you’re happy with your Photo Book and have added all your finishing touches, you’re ready to order. When it arrives, display with pride on your coffee table or sideboard and enjoy flipping through all your favourite photos. Photo Books are the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, or why not try a Photo Journal to capture your own special memories if you want to handwrite inside as well.