If Facebook is the king of social media platforms then Instagram is the queen. Although its communication features are not as versatile as Facebook, if there is one thing where it beats its rival by a mile it is, obviously, in photography. Users love the fact that their photos can be improved with countless filters, captions and hashtags, turning usually boring pictures into masterpieces to share the final result with their followers. So it’s not surprising that many people want to see their best pictures in the form of a stylish photo book with which those photos can be further immortalized. Whether you use a simple editor that is capable of importing everything from your Instagram account or a more advanced builder with which you can customize the book to your liking, it is guaranteed that your Instagram photo book will give you the same thrills that your account does.
How to Make an Instagram Photo Book
The only surefire way of getting your Instagram photos imported into a photo book is by directly connecting the app to the photo book editor. Thankfully most builders support integration with Instagram, albeit the process is not as fluent as is typically the case of Facebook photos.
The biggest inconvenience regarding Instagram posts is that each one of them is imported one by one into the photo book editor’s photo storage. This means that unless the builder is so advanced that it can separate pictures in a post containing a whole photo series, chances are that only the very first photo of the series will appear, while the rest won’t be properly imported. The same rule applies to photos in Instagram groups with the addition of a major difference: unless the pictures are made public and are shared with all members of the group, the photos won’t appear in your photo book. Also forget about comments, likes and captions: unless the builder imports this data as well, you’ll have to manually add them to your book.
As for simply downloading your Instagram photos to an external storage, it is achievable but is so impracticable it’s not worth of your time. If you are determined, however, here’s how to do so anyway: locate the Instagram folder on your mobile device, select the photos you want to include in the photo book, then copy them to either a source where you can upload the pictures from or upload them to the cloud.
You might be wondering: ‘If uploading Instagram photos to a photo book editor is anything but hassle-free, then what’s the point?’ The answer is pretty simple: while many builders lack advanced photo adjustment features, including special filters, giving them the Instagram treatment is one of the easiest and most fun ways of tweaking your photos.
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Including Comments and Captions
Unless your photo book editor is capable of importing captions, comments or hashtags to begin with, unfortunately you will need to add everything manually. However, this disadvantage can be turned into a huge advantage if you know how to toy with the customization options of the chosen photo book builder.
For starters it is possible to recreate the look of an Instagram profile by simply choosing a white background, placing the photo in the middle and then simply adding the necessary text right under the picture. But if you prefer something with a better visual appeal, you can choose from plenty of embellishments, many of which are colorful words that can substitute corresponding parts of the text you want to include. Not to mention themes may also contain preset text-based embellishments (like quotes) that can be easily replaced with your version, turning comments or captions into an integral part of the photo book. And last but not least, editors provide empty text boxes that can be placed anywhere with your own text, font, color and size.
Instagram Photo Book Makers
Whether you use the browser editor or the iOS/Android app, Chatbooks is an ideal choice for creating photo books from your Instagram posts. The simple and straightforward editor seamlessly integrates with the social media app and it is even capable of automatically placing photos from a series into separate pages, as well as importing the date, location and hashtags of each photo. Additionally, the company’s monthly subscription service, Photo Book Series does all of the above without any intervention on your part. Each time you add a post to Instagram, the program imports that and automatically orders a new book every time the 60 photo limit is reached. Although this $8 per month service – which includes free domestic (untracked) shipping – is ideal for Instagram fans, you can also create photo books with the Custom Book option. This provides a better variety for the book’s photo sources, while the number of pages, the cover’s overall appearance and size can all be adjusted.
My Social Book
While this company’s name highlights the fact that it can import photos from other social media sources, it is more than suitable for those looking to create a photo book entirely from Instagram posts. In fact, the company offers My Instagram Book in its product range, which is a photo book that includes your Instagram posts in a chronological order with all captions, comments and hashtags associated with your photos. Additionally, it is possible to include Instagram pictures in My Social Book, which imports everything from both the app and your Facebook account. However, it doesn’t matter what book type you choose, your customization options are the same. It’s possible to determine the time period from which your posts are imported, what posts should be included, how the cover should look and what the book’s title should be. To top it all, a 25-page 10×8 book with the default cover can be purchased for as low as $12.
Mixbook is not an Instagram-optimized photo book editor – since it can import photos from many different sources – but it is such a powerhouse you will likely forget about its very few disadvantages in seconds. The editor – which provides others the option to contribute to your project – is flawless, allowing you to toy with countless customizations, including backgrounds, text, layouts, embellishments and many more. Mixbook has 301 different styles, out of which there is one that perfectly recreates the feeling of Instagram, but they can all still be modified to your liking. The company offers its books in three shapes and seven sizes with plenty of covers available, between 20–399 pages, and a base price of $15.99. However, if you want something truly unique, Mixbook has an iOS app called Mosaic with which you can turn 20 of your social media photos into a stylish photo book for just $25.