Personalised photo books from bonusprint make great gifts for your friends and family. But if you’re up against it and need to create your album quickly to get it in time for a big birthday or an anniversary, why not try out one of our pre-designed photo books? These beautifully designed layouts are easy to customise, and they come in a huge range of themes, so you’ll find the perfect photo book to suit you.
As well as saving you time, our pre-designed books are ideal if you need a little help with the creative bit too. We’ve got you covered for adorable baby books to classic wedding designs. And you can also choose from travel books, perfect for photos from your last adventure, to minimalist looks for a contemporary album. Here’s how to get started and create your own pre-designed photo book.
Step 1. Pick your creative photo book design and size
Head to our pre-designed photo books page. Here, you can choose from our most popular designs or browse by theme, including yearbook, wedding, baby and travel. Click the design you want to customise, then select the size. Most of our pre-designed books start from medium and go up to extra-large. Here’s a list of our pre-designed photo book dimensions to help you find the right size for you.
- Medium 20 x 15 cm
- Large 28 x 21 cm
- Extra-large 39 x 29 cm
When you’re happy with the size and style of your book, click ‘pick this theme’ to go to our creator tool.
Step 2. Sort your photos in order and by theme
To make it easier to create your photo book, make sure your photos are in order before you start customising. If you’re creating a yearbook, tidy your image files and make sure they’re in chronological order. When you’re making a wedding album or a baby book, group all the photos you need by theme. We’ve got some tips to help you upload, scan and sort through your photos if they’re a bit all over the place.
Step 3. Upload your photos
When your images are all tidy and you’re ready to get started on your photo book, head back to our creator tool then click ‘upload photos’. Click the file you need, highlight all the images you want to use and then click ‘open’.
When you’ve uploaded your photos, you’ll see them down the left of your book, next to our editing tools. Because our pre-designed photo books come with suggested image layouts, all you need to do is to drag the image you want and drop it into one of the empty picture boxes. It’ll resize the image to fit the box automatically, but you can resize it manually by clicking on the photo if you want to.
Step 4. Edit your backgrounds
If you’re using the pre-designed photo books as a guide and want to put your own stamp on it, you can still edit backgrounds, just like with our blank photo books. You can add a colour or find a pattern to match the style of your pre-designed book.
Step 5. Customise your photo book with captions
Our pre-designed layouts also suggest the best places for text on each page, so you can add any captions you like. Just click anywhere that says ‘text’ or ‘enter your text’ and start typing. If you don’t like the position of a text box, you can delete it or move it around.
Step 6. Get creative with clip art, masks and frames
There are loads of creative photo book extras you can play around with to put a personal twist on your album. You can add clip art, masks and frames. And if you’re creating a themed book, like a baby book or a yearbook, you can sort through the designs by category to find a style to match.
Step 7. Add extra pages to your photo book
Can’t fit any more photos into your pre-designed book? You can add as many extra pages as you like. Click the little plus signs in the horizontal bar underneath your photo book design to add pages where you want. Just keep in mind that the extra pages you add are blank. But you can recreate a similar look on those extra pages by picking clip art, backgrounds and frames to match your theme.
Step 8. Remove any pages you don’t need
If you’ve added too many extra pages, it’s easy to delete the ones you don’t need. Click on the page you don’t want in the horizontal bar under your design. You’ll then see a little rubbish bin icon in the corner. Click the little icon, and it’ll delete that page.
Step 9. Ready to order your pre-designed photo book?
Happy with your photo book design? Click ‘add to basket’. Here you can add all the finishing touches, like glossy pages to make the colours pop in your images or a cover option if you’ve chosen a linen or faux-leather bound book. You can even order a second book in a smaller size, so you can gift one and keep one for yourself. Then you’re ready to place your order, and get your customised photo book delivered to your door.
Top tip: save as you go
Remember to keep saving your photo book as you go. There’s a little ‘save’ icon in the top left, so make sure you click that regularly while you personalise your photo book.
Making personalised photo books with our pre-designs is easy. So, give it a go and follow these steps.