iPhoto, Aperture: Previewing an order in iPhoto or Aperture

Apple strongly recommends that you preview book, card, and calendar orders before you submit them for printing. Apple is unable to modify image files after they are received and orders can only be canceled within 90 minutes of order placement.

Previewing is the best way to avoid unexpected issues with your final product.

Previewing an order in iPhoto

Prior to ordering with iPhoto, you may preview your book, card, or calendar using the following method:

  1. Open iPhoto.
  2. Select the book, card, or calendar from the source list on the left.
  3. Control-click the area surrounding your book, card or calendar. The surrounding area of your book might be white, gray, black or brown depending on the iPhoto version you are using.

    Shortcut menu

  4. Choose Preview Book from the shortcut menu that appears. (If you selected a card or calendar in step two, the menu option will read Preview Card or Preview Calendar).
    Note: In iPhoto '11, the shortcut menu looks like this:
  5. The Preview application will automatically open and display a PDF of your project.
    Note: If you are using iPhoto ’08 and preview a hardcover book, the first page of the PDF is the wrap-around dust jacket for your book, and the second page is the text that will be embossed in foil lettering on the hard cover of your book.
  6. When you are done reviewing the PDF of your project, close the window, quit the Preview application and click the "Buy" button on the bottom right of the iPhoto window.
    Note: Previewing a letterpress card in iPhoto ’11 does not show the entire card. When you Preview a letterpress card, you will only see the picture and text you added but you will not see the entire card. Even though the entire card will not be visible, it's still an excellent method for previewing your order. If the picture and text you used for the letterpress card look good, you can be certain that the entire card will also include the theme you selected.

Previewing a book order in Aperture 2

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. Click the Buy Book button.
  3. Select your order settings (quantity desired, Apple ID account information, shipping information, and any coupons).
  4. Click the Buy Now button.
  5. Aperture will begin assembling the book. This may take several minutes depending on the size of your book.
  6. When the assembly is complete, you will see a "Book Assembled" alert message.
  7. Click "Reveal In Finder", then open (double-click) the PDF file to preview your order.
    Note: With Aperture 2, the first page of the PDF is the wrap-around dust jacket for your book, and the second page is the text that will be embossed in foil lettering on the hard cover of your hardcover book.
  8. After previewing the book, return to Aperture. If you decide to continue with the order, click Place Order. If you decide not to order the book at this time, click Cancel Order.

Previewing a book order in Aperture 3

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. Click the Buy Book button. 
  3. Click the Preview Book button. Aperture will begin assembling the book. This may take several minutes depending on the size of your book.
  4. When the assembly is complete a PDF of your book will open.
    Note: With Aperture 3, the first page of the PDF is the wrap-around dust jacket for your book, and the second page is the photo wrap cover that will be wrapped around the casing of your hardcover book.
  5. After previewing the book, go back to Aperture. If you decide to continue with the order, click Continue. If you decide not to order the book at this time, click Cancel.
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