Making a photo book is easy with Auto-fill

I just discovered the Auto-fill photo book tool and I can’t wait to tell you about it, because it makes the photo book process incredibly easy. Really! It’s perfect for those of us who like the control of  making photo books in Custom Path*, but don’t have time to choose each and every layout. I made a 58 page book in just 20 minutes, and this included format adjustments and journaling. You can do it too, believe me. Here’s how.

After choosing the size, cover, and styles for your photo book, click the “Storyboard” link in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

Now click the “Auto-fill” link. This function will automatically place all of your pictures on the book’s pages, based on image types, sizes/shapes and the order your photos were taken.

I couldn’t have chosen better layouts myself. Thank you Auto-fill!

*And for those of you asking yourself, “what is Custom Path?”, here’s quick explanation. Shutterfly offers two ways to create photo books. The first is called Custom Path. This method allows you to customize your photo book page by page. The second is called Simple Path, and it instantly makes a book for you.

Hope that helps!


  1. Joey says

    I did try the story-board feature once but felt it was more work had I just placed the photos in the layouts BUT I didn’t see the Auto-fill, I MUST give that a try. Sounds like it would be so slick.
    I don’t think I gave Story Board enough of a try.
    Thanks for this tip Rachel!

  2. shannonr says

    oh wow, I did not even know about this feature, I will have to try it out on my next book. I love the the custom path books but am always looking for the fasted route :). Thanks for this informative article, love learning things new :)

  3. BarbaraJ says

    WOW, Rachel I knew you were good and even your photographs are awesome. HA! It is always such a surprise when you open an article to read and you see your photos. Auto fill is really easy and many time my best books are the ones I spend the least amount of effort on. My “Dancing in the Sun” with my hummingbirds was an auto fill book that took only a few minutes to make. Great article, BarbJ

  4. says

    This is such a cool option for custom path books. If you want more control than you can get with simple path but want to take advantage of some of the time saving steps that simple path has to offer than auto fill and the storyboard choices in custom path is for you. Love all of the choices and options for making photobooks. You gots to love Shutterfly.

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