• It's that time of year again - students of all ages are finishing up classes and getting ready to enter the next stage of their education, from elementary school to college. Preserving this special moment with a photo book "yearbook" is not only a great personal way to celebrate the occasion, but also our Custom Path Photo Book Experience makes it fun and creative to design your own book.

    If you're looking for a luxurious yearbook, try a padded leather cover in Rich Black or Chestnut Brown. Want something more laid-back and colorful? A custom photo cover photo book will wrap the photo of your choice across the entire glossy laminated cover.

  • Whether you're an experienced photo book builder or just creating your first one, you'll enjoy our Custom Path Photo Book Designer. You can easily add clipart to your pages, trim your photos into fun shapes, change the page backgrounds, or try our expanded selection of stylish and professional-looking themes. The Custom Path Designer gives you even greater control over creating your book your way.

    Below are some tips and tricks for creating a graduation photo book that are as unique as your creation.

Get Creative with Themes

Our Custom Path Photo Book Experience has an official Yearbook theme that's great for every student, but you can turn any theme into a yearbook! Try Pastel Pop for a book full of eye-catching color, or use Chalkboard for an education-themed photo book with a little twist.

Add Inspiration with Quotations

A yearbook celebrates old endings and new beginnings, and it's a perfect time for inspirational quotations. Use the caption areas to add quotations about success, adventure, or courage from famous speakers. If your little student has a favorite song, including some of the lyrics can be a great way to capture this moment in time for them to enjoy years later.

Tell the Whole Story

Graduation is an important occasion that celebrates years of work. Commemorate their entire educational journey by placing photos from over the years chronologically throughout your photo book. A photo-heavy theme like 3-by-3 Tiles works well with this design.

Create Style with Different Page Layouts

Here's an idea straight from the desks of professional designers: try changing the size, orientation, and number of images per page to give your photo book a different look and feel with every turn. Switching from a single large image on one page to, say, three identical columns on the next can really keep the viewer's attention, and helps you group different periods of time or locations on the same page!

Leave Room for Signatures

One of the best parts of a Photo Book is going back and looking through it years later, so why not let your loved ones write notes in your wedding or family themed book. Choosing a theme with a lighter background, like Linen Tan or Classic Corners, will make pen writing easier to read, and page layouts with lots of room in the margins gives ample space for handwritten touches.

Getting Started

Create your own Photo Book with these easy steps. Just follow along with us!

  • 1Locate the Photos you Wish to Use

    Are the photos already in your Costco Photo Center albums? You're all set to start defining your photo book options in Step Three! If you wish to use photos from your computer's hard drive or a social photo network, read on to Step Two.

  • 2Upload your Photo (Computer or Photo Network)

    If all of your photos are not yet on the Photo Center, go to your albums and click on "Upload Photos".

    • To upload photos from your computer's hard drive, click the upload button. Then click "Add Photos", select the photos you wish upload, and click the "Start Upload" button.
    • To import photos from a social network like Facebook or Instagram, click on its icon. Click the grey checkmark next to the photos you wish to import, and then click "Import".

  • 3Define your Photo Book Options

    It's time to start customizing your photo book. Click on "Shop Photo Books" in the main menu. Select the type of Photo Book you wish to make from the product menu, and then click to set your desired options such as cover type and size. When you're happy with your options, click “Custom Path” and then the "Get Started" button. Remember, if you want to build your book quickly or if you want to use a tablet then you should select the “Simple Path."

  • 4Personalize your Photo Book

    The only limit to customizing your photo book is your creativity! Use the tabs at the bottom of the page to drag and drop the layout of photos and captions, fun clipart, page backgrounds, photo borders, and more. Click on any caption area to add your own words and change the font and appearance.

  • 5Preview & Order your Item

    Once you've finished personalizing your photo book, click the "Preview" button in the bottom right corner. You'll see a detailed preview of how your printed book will appear. When you're satisfied with every part of your Photo Book, click "Add to Cart" and begin the checkout process.

Capture all of your special moments in a customized Photo Book -- the perfect way to commemorate a special occasion or celebrate those special people in your life. Costco Photo Center has two types of Photo Books to choose from: the Custom Photo Cover Photo Book, and the Padded Leather Cover Photo Book. The Custom Photo Cover Photobook is available in two sizes, a square 12x12 option and a horizontal 11¼ x 8¾, both of which include a customizable photo cover based on your chosen theme. The Padded Leather Cover Photo Book is available as a horizontal 11¼ x 8¾ and has a black plush padded leather cover with a picture window. All photobooks have over 60 design themes to choose from and offer even more customization with clipart, page layouts, borders and backgrounds. Each Photo Book comes with 30 pages and has a maximum of 100 pages. The Custom Photo Cover Photo Book and the Padded Black Leather Cover Photo Book are available for warehouse pick-up in 5-8 business days or can be delivered to an address of your choice in 8-12 business days.