Preview a print project in Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture to avoid issues

Apple strongly recommends that you preview book, card, and calendar orders before you submit them for printing. Apple can't modify image files after they're received, and you can only cancel an order within 90 minutes of placing it.

Preview an order in Photos

  1. Select the Projects tab at the top of Photos and double-click on the project you want to preview. (Or if the sidebar is visible on the left side of Photos, select the project there.)
  2. Control-click or right-click inside the grey area surrounding your book, card, or calendar project.

  3. Choose Save Book as PDF... from the shortcut menu that appears. (If you selected a card or calendar in step two, the menu option will read Save Card or Save Calendar.)
  4. In the Save As dialog, give the file a name and choose a location to save it in. Then click Save.
  5. Find the PDF file you saved and double-click it. The file will open in Preview. Make sure everything looks like you want it to.
  6. When you're finished reviewing the PDF of your project, return to Photos and click the Buy button at the top right of the Photos window.
    Note: When you preview a letterpress card, you'll see the pictures and text you added, but not the graphics that come with the card's theme. If your pictures and text look good, you can be certain the entire card will include the theme's elements when the card is produced.

Preview an order in iPhoto

  1. Select the project from source list on the left side of iPhoto.
  2. Control-click inside the area surrounding your project.
  3. Choose Save Book as PDF... from the shortcut menu that appears. (If you selected a card or calendar in step two, the menu option will read Save Card or Save Calendar.)
  4. In the Save As dialog, give the file a name and choose a location to save it in. Then click Save.
  5. Find the PDF file you saved and double-click it. The file will open in Preview. Make sure everything looks like you want it to.
  6. When you're finished reviewing the PDF of your project, return to iPhoto and click the "Buy" button at the bottom of the iPhoto window.
    Note: When you preview a letterpress card, you'll see the pictures and text you added, but not the graphics that come with the card's theme. If your pictures and text look good, you can be certain the entire card will include the theme's elements when the card is produced.

Preview a book in Aperture 3

  1. Select the book from the source list on the left side of Aperture.
  2. Click the Buy Book button in the upper-right corner of Aperture. 
  3. If you're not already signed in, type your Apple ID and password under Returning Customers or create an account under New Customers.
  4. In the Choose Quantity dialog, click the Preview Book button. Aperture will assemble the book, a process which may take several minutes depending on its size.
  5. A PDF of your book will open in Preview. Make sure everything looks like you want it to.
    Note: 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 wrap around the casing of your hardcover book.
  6. When you're finished reviewing the PDF of your project, return to Aperture and click the Continue button in the Choose Quantity dialog.
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