Photo Book – Insider Tips

Brittany Prim, our photo books Merchandising Manager shares with you insider tips on making photo books.

A few months ago, I got my dream job at Shutterfly. I have been an avid Shutterfly user for years, and having the opportunity to be a part of the design process and bringing new photo book styles to life was a dream come true. Once I got my feet wet in my new position, I learned many tips and tricks while making my photo books. I’d like to share with you my top three “Aha” moments since joining the team. Be on the look out for more in the future!

1. Storyboard
I vividly remember the moment I discovered storyboard. I was making my 2011 year in review book which had 800 photo’s in it (yikes!). It became extremely overwhelming to sort through the photos, even after Shutterfly put them in chronological order. And then I saw it – the storyboard tab. This let me drag and drop my pictures onto the pages I wanted. I had complete visibility to all images and pages at the same time, making it extremely fast and easy to tell my story. This has continued to save me hours on my projects.


 (Find the storyboard button towards the bottom right)

(The Storyboard palette allows you to drag pictures from the left to individual pages on the  right.)

2. Two-page Spread Photos
You know that AMAZING wedding/baby/vacation picture you took that needs two whole pages to really do it justice? Well, I had a great shot from my wedding of my husband and I walking across a street in downtown San Diego. It was a wide shot and I wanted to see all of the details. Then I learned about photo as spread. I could click a little button in the photo strip and within seconds; see my photo fill two whole pages. This became even more exciting when I learned I could add embellishments and pattern bands on top of the images.


3. Extended Palette
I spend a good amount of time selecting the perfect style to showcase my images, however, there are still moments during the creation process that I wish I could steal an embellishment or idea page from another style. Case in point; I was making a travel book capturing my family road trip from San Francisco to Utah this summer. I selected Travel Snapshots because I loved the map backgrounds, Polaroid frames, and brightly colored quote embellishments. Halfway through I realized that Pictogram had the perfect idea page for a specific photo. This was my first time going into the extended palette tab and actually pulling in additional idea pages and embellishments from other styles. The end product ended up being a perfect blend of travel snapshots with pictogram. It was just one more trick that helped me customize the book to make it truly my own.


  1. says

    I am having trouble adding photos to a saved photobook. The book is in Simple White and custom path.
    I am also having trouble moving photos from my adobe albums to Shutterfly projects/photobook. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read and help me. I have already posed my questions to Shutterfly (the site) and didn’t get a satisfactory answer…..what was suggested didn’t work.

  2. says

    here is the interaction with Shutterfly….Hello Kathy,

    Thank you for contacting Shutterfly.

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Once you have saved your photo book, you can easily view, edit, or order it whenever you want.

    Sign in to your Shutterfly account or click the My Shutterfly button at the top of the page.
    All your projects are accessible in the “My Projects” section. Your most recent project is shown in this section; just click it to open it. Or click the “All projects” link to see all your other projects, which are shown on the My Projects page. Once you find the photo book/project you wish to edit, click the “Edit” button.

    Renaming a Project

    To rename a saved photo book project, go to the My Projects page as described above, and click on the name of the photo book you wish to change. Use the text box that appears to edit/change the name of the photo book.

    Please remove the product from cart and edit the project.

    We thank you for choosing Shutterfly. Please let us know if we can offer any additional information.

    Vadivel A
    Shutterfly Customer Service
    Customer By CSS Email (Kathy Bolton) (09/17/2015 10:33 AM)
    add photos from an album on my computer (Windows 7) to a book already in the
    shopping cart?

    I put the photos in the side column but I don’t see any directions about
    inserting them. When I press the back button, I go back to the home page.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my question. I looked around
    at your help site with no luck.

    I was hoping to get this resolved so I could get in on the current promo you
    are having on photo books….any idea if you will be offering this again ?

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