​How to Create a Digital Photo Album

​​Now that most people have a digital camera or smartphone that’s capable of taking beautiful pictures, there’s a big question of what to do with the photos. I don’t know about you, but I used to have a lot of pictures sitting on my computer wasting away.

One ​great option is creating a photo book. Taking your photos off of your computer and putting them in an album not only gives you something nice to look at, but it’s easy to share. Plus it will get used, more than just the photos sitting on your computer.

Digital photo albums also make fantastic gifts especially for family members who might not be on social media to see the wonderful pictures that you share.

We’re going to talk about how to create a digital photo album so that you can put your pictures to work and create wonderful albums to share.

​Step 1: Decide on where to get it printed

Step one is to decide on where you want to get your digital photo book printed. Many services now offer digital photo books. The trick is finding a good one.

You want to look for a photo book service that will print a quality album for a price that won’t break the bank. You don’t need photo gallery quality!

You’re also going to want to look at the different design software. You want something that is going to be easy to design and easy-to-use.  if you get frustrated while creating your digital photo albums chances are you’ll never finish them. We want finished projects so we’ll we’ll set ourselves up to succeed.

Some places to check out are:

​Step 2: Pick a theme

​Once you’ve settled on your software, you’re going to want to pick a  theme. Most of the time when you sit down to start creating a digital photo album, you already know what your theme will be. It could be an event or a party, or something like a school photo book.

Here are some photo album themes you might consider:

  • ​Birthday parties
  • Graduations
  • Anniversaries
  • School pictures
  • Weddings
  • Baby showers
  • ​Bridal showers
  • ​Bachelorette parties
  • ​Vacations
  • Sport seasons
  • ​Baby books
  • ​Baby brag book

​You can also pick themes based on how you want your photo book to look. For example, you may want all of your photos to be in black and white in one particular album. Or maybe you want to go for a really colorful album. Other albums could be feminine or masculine.

Knowing your theme will really help you when it comes time to picking a pre-designed theme. Most photo album services will include predefined themes to make your life easier. These are usually the best when it comes to printing something that will look good without spending your entire life designing it.

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​Step 3: Pick a layout

​Next, you’re going to want to pick your layout. The first thing you’ll need to know is roughly the number of photos you want to use.

​If you are creating the album after you’ve taken the photos you won’t be able to go back and take more. ​Plus, if you have a bunch of favorites for the layout you’ve selected ​has a limited amount of photo spaces, you’re going to have to cut some of your favorite memories.

Knowing the number of photos that you want to use for your photo album will help you make sure ​the layout you choose is the best one for your project.

When it comes to picking out a layout, there are different types of pages you can pick. There are pages that contain mostly photographs. These can be arranged in different sizes in a collage and there are MANY options for how you can arrange the pages.

Other pages may have a mixture of text describing the event and photographs. You could have one or many photos on a page like this. ​You can add a title to a page to give it some flair.

​Text can give great context to photos that you may not remember exactly what happened in the future.

Some other layouts to consider ​are simple pages that don’t contain a photograph but have text instead. ​These are great for quotes, letters to loved ones, dedications, and telling stories you don’t want forgotten. ​Sometimes a well-placed quote can pack a big punch.

Finally, consider the opening pages of your book. The first page, or the title page, is the first impression. Like they say, you only get one first impression. Make it ​count. Use the best photo you have that conveys the theme and tone of your photo album.

​Step 4: ​Prepare your ​photos

​Next, you’re going to want to prep your digital photos. ​Once you select your favorite photos, you’re going to want to use a photo editing app. If you’ve selected to use at the theme like black and white photos, then you’re going to want to make sure that all of your photos fit that theme.

There are some wonderful photo editing apps that you can use for free. I use Photoshop, but there are many other tools out there that can help make your pictures everything they can be. And a lot of them are easy and simple to use.

​When dealing with photos, remember that the higher the resolution, the better a photo will come out. You want to keep a high enough resolution so that the picture doesn’t print blurry. The point is to see the photos, not just the filters!If you’re looking for an app to try you can try one of these

​Step ​5: ​Putting ​your book together

​Now that you have your layout selected and all of your photos ready to go, it’s time to put the photo album together.

First, upload all of your photos to the photo album software. It’s a lot easier to upload all at once then to have to go back and figure out which photos you’ve used and which one do you still need to add.

Most software will tell you which photos have been used and which ones are still waiting to be placed on a page.

Work through your album page by ​page. You can always go back and edit the layout or move things around once you have everything placed.

You want to make sure that like any good story, ​it needs to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. You’re telling a story to everyone who picks up this photo album. You want to make it a good one.

​Steps ​6: ​Order your ​album and enjoy!

Once you’re happy with your album design, it’s time to order your digital photo album. When it arrives, check to make sure the quality came out OK. If not, call customer service and see if there’s anything they can do for you.

These make lovely conversation starters and gifts. We keep ours up on a ​shelf because we have a toddler, but we used to keep them on a coffee table.

There’s something magical about flipping through pictures and revisiting old memories, or taking a peak into someone’s life. A favorite hobby of mine as a kid’s was flipping through my grandfather’s photo albums and learning where my family came from.

Do you feel overwhelmed with the amount of photos you have so you can’t even think about a digital photo album yet? I have a post that might be able to help you out.


​I'm a mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. After a successful career in software ​engineering, I started working part time as a project manager. I was overwhelmed with all of these new life changes and felt like I was drowning in my life. ​After trying so many different systems that didn't work for me, I looked into why they didn't work and came up with a system that worked for me. Today, I want to share what I've learned with you so you can stop feeling overwhelmed and start living an intentional life.

Blog Comments

I LOVE creating an annual family album, so fun to have the memories and stories from each year.

I have been terrible about printing out any photos and making albums. I don’t even have a real wedding album! You have some great tips, I will have to make it a new year’s resolution to do this!

These are awesome tips! I always say I’m going to do this and never do. I think I’m going to use this to actually order some this Holiday season.

This is super helpful! I am awful about printing out photos and putting them in albums, etc. I am pinning and saving for later!

These are some great tips! As the world continues to lean towards technology, it would be great to transition and start digitalizing some of our favorite moments.

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