Reviewed by Sian Manning
As a professional photographer I was over the moon to be selected to review these items, I am always on the look out for new photo products. I love to try new companies and see if there is somewhere better, more convenient and somewhere that offers amazing value for money and great quality.
Motif is an app, available on the app store for ios, for iPhones and iPads and also for macOS, for Macs and MacBooks, it uses Apple Photos to seamlessly allow you to create your best products from your best photos.
I used the app for my MacBook Pro, it was easy and fast to download, it is a very straightforward app and lovely to use. First of all I added all of the photos I wanted to use into photos, I selected the pictures that I wanted for cards to start with, given the time of year, it was definitely Christmas cards I was going to be making. It really is super simple, you just start a new project select cards and design it as you go, it’s a easy to use drag and drop and if you have made any photo products in the past this is very similar. In the Motif App however you can edit your pictures more than any other software like this I have ever used meaning if you need to brighten, straighten or edit the colours all of this is possible so that you have the best pictures to make the best products. After you have decided on your design it is really straightforward to finalise and order your design, you can choose standard or expedited shipping too and in my experience even in these odd times, printing and shipping was incredibly fast – a HUGE bonus just a couple of weeks before Christmas.
Next up I made a calendar, again this is made in a similar way but there are extra features here for your product. You can really personalise this for yourself or your recipients, you can add special comments to dates, you can add comments and writing onto your pictures and you can change text colours too. The programme can auto fill your calendar or you can choose your own photo orders and designs this means you can either have it made super quickly and easily with the apps intuitive auto flow function or you can have a bit more involvement yourself and add each picture, choose page layouts and alter background colours. Once you are done it is the same super easy checkout process as above and again incredibly fast and reliable UPS shipping.
Third and by no means least – the photobook, now this one is a good one, you have plenty of options on the size and shape and feel of your book, you can choose rectangular or square, hard or soft cover and there are different size options too. When you make the book you can choose the number of pages from 20 to 100, everything about the book can be edited, you can completely personalise the book, from backgrounds, photos, layouts, text and again you can re-edit your images using the built in editing software that is easy and really very good.
As I said previously the printing and shipping was fast, even at this time, when every other company is blaming Covid for slow shipping times, they were shipped with UPS and I was kept informed of delivery details along the way too. The items arrived well cared for and very well packaged. The cards come in a lovely presentation box and opening the box is a treat in itself, the Motif branding on the box is very striking and carries through all of the communication with Motif, from ordering through to delivery, the other thing that carries though is the customer service, what a fantastic company to deal with, even when I had a small issue that was my own doing they were fast and professional with all their replies.
Back to the products, the cards are gorgeous, the print on them is great, the colours are exactly as I see them on my screen, which is rare! The cards aren’t your usual card stock either they are a lovely soft silk feeling card, not a super glossy finish but a high class silk stock, the other thing that is lovely quality are the envelopes they are a textured paper, if you are looking for personalised cards that are going to wow your recipients then you can’t go far wrong with ordering these. I can’t wait to send mine out for Christmas to our friends and family and when we have any other occasions that need cards I will be returning.
Next up the calendars, now these are super special and STUNNING, it has been a long time since I have seen some of my pictures looking so sharp and crisp in print, I selected a picture for each month of 2021 from the corresponding months in 2020, I also added family birthdays so that this calendar was perfect for our family. These really would make the best gift for friends and family as you can pop all the family events in there and know that you are helping them remember any special dates and they get to see all the images you have added too. These are also a gorgeously silky feeling paper, they are very high quality and any recipient will be very happy to receive one. The calendar also comes in a presentation sleeve so if you are gifting it looks beautiful from opening and will also add to the suspense, who doesn’t love opening a gift to find another layer to peer into?
Thirdly the photo book, I choose the hard cover book and thought it would be nice to do a “2020 the year of the Pandemic” book, with pictures of our family throughout the year. My pictures have printed beautifully, again sharp and clear and you can just tell the print quality and paper choices that Motif have used is top quality. I really cannot fault these books, I have paid a lot of money for photo books in the past from some of the top professional print suppliers and these are on par for print quality and are exceptionally reasonably priced too. They come beautifully presented too, a cellophane packet is around the book to protect it, it is then slotted into a perfectly fitting Motif branded sleeve. The book itself has a dust jacket that is just as well printed as the book itself. These books would make an incredible gift for a loved one, for Christmas, for birthdays, for a special occasion or just because, they are seriously lovely and I would not hesitate to give one to any one I know.
If you are looking to gift yourself, a loved one or a friend the gift of precious memories, saved for ever in the most gorgeous ways then look no further, I cannot fault Motif and they have a gift for all budgets too, so please check them out and enjoy the products they have to offer.
RRP: Photobooks from £7.99, Calendars from £17.99, Cards from £0.89
You can purchase these items from Motif by downloading the app here.