For many years, Apple gave you the ability to create and order prints, photo books, and calendars directly from iPhoto, and then later Photos as wekk. You could then easily order these products and get them shipped to you. Unfortunately, as of October 1st 2019, Apple decided to get out of the photo printing business. But, as it turns out, you can still order prints from inside of Photos with the help of some third-party applications. The two main ones are Motif and Mimeo Photos, which are both available for free from the Mac App Store. Both of these companies apparently handled some of the printing for Apple in the past, so it’s not surprising to see them offering this service. As a matter of fact, RR Donnelley, the company that owns Motif, is one of the biggest commercial printer in the US.
In a general sense, both applications work roughly the same. The first step is to download either Motif or Mimeo Photos from the App store onto your computer. Then, while in Photos, you start by selecting an image or group of images, or an album that you may have already created. You then go to File and choose Create, where you will see an option to choose either Motif or Mimeo Photos. Once you’ve chosen which printer you’ll use, you get to choose between ordering cards, photo books, or calendars. The prices for both services are very similar with cards costing between $0.99 to $1.49. Photo Books costs range from $9.99 to $49.99 depending on the size that you choose, and whether you choose soft cover and hard cover. The photo books can get even more expensive if you add more pages than the standard 20 pages they typically come with. And calendars are usually $19.99 for 12 months. Once you’ve started to create something, it is automatically saved in the Projects section of Photos, and auto-saves frequently from that point on.
Both services offer different layout options or themes that you can choose from, and this is where there is the biggest difference between the two services. Mimeo definitely offers more options than Motif, and allows you to customize things quite a bit more. Mimeo also has the same templates that were available directly in iPhoto and Photos before Apple dropped out of printing. But with those different choices, and added complexity, comes potential frustration. Even though I find both quite easy to use, the App store reviews would suggest that Mimeo has been more frustrating to use for some users. So, in my opinion, if you want to keep it nice and simple, you should probably start with Motif. If you’ve done some of these photo books in the past, and want more options, go with Mimeo. As far as the quality of the printing itself, I’ve tried both and I really can’t tell any difference between the two. It’s very good quality either way.
So, unfortunately, printing these products is no longer built in the Photos the way it used to be. But these replacements are really good, and once you get familiar with how they work, you can create really good looking cards, books and calendars. And I really believe that theses products are going to get better with time. They are frequently updated and keep getting better over the last few months. You can tell that both companies are really trying to improve these products and are listening to user feedback.
So, give it a try and see what you think.