Post # 1
I just received our photobook from Shutterfly of our engagement pictures…and, well…I’m not that impressed. The pictures are grainy even though we used high-res images (average 7-8 MB). So, I don’t think I’ll be using Shutterfly to make our wedding album. Does anyone have recommendations for making your own photobook? I’ve heard good things about Blurb.com. Any other bees like to share their experiences?
Post # 3
Try this site: http://somersetalbums.com/index.asp We ordered a book for our friend and the quality is wonderful. I have one from Shutterfly and didn’t like it at all. Hope it helps!
Post # 4
I’ve used shutterfly for many of my photobooks and have always been impressed. I would contact customer service and let them know about the issue with the pictures. When the grainy look has happened to me, it was because I tried to use a large image and "zoom in" way too far.
That being said, I’m about to order my first photobook from Blurb.com because I’ve heard such great things about them. Doing the photobook itself was more complicated on Blurb than on Shutterfly (I’m almost done but not yet) but I have a LOT more flexibility which I definitely like.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
I had really good luck with mpix.com
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice, Bluebook. I might call customer service because I didn’t zoom in or resize any of the pictures–they’re just pixelated. Yeah, designing a Blurb.com book does look more complicated, but their finished products also look nicer.
Post # 7
I saw one album from shutterfly and wasn’t really impressed either, at least not for a wedding album. You shouldn’t get pixalized images from files that large, but I’d agree cropping in will create that look. I’ll say try Blurb or mpix.
Post # 8
I used blurb for our parents’ albums and will also use blurb to make our own album, eventually. Great products– no grainy images.
Post # 9
I loved mine from http://www.smilebooks.com
The quality of the pages and hard cover were GREAT! We received so many compliments. You can usually find great coupons for their site, as well…such as these….
Post # 10
I just used Walgreens photo online for our engagement pictures. Their albums are great quality and start at $19. I highly recommend! I will be using for the wedding pics too.
Post # 11
I’m going to third, fourth, fifth, whatever, Blurb. I am doing all of my wedding and honeymoon albums on there right now (and before that I did our engagement picture guestbook) and I have been nothing but impressed with their products. It is a bit more complicated to create a book, but only if you want it to be. If you want to choose a simple format, you can basically just drag and drop pictures on to the pages. Personally, though, I like playing with different formats and adding text to my pictures as well.
Post # 12
For those who used Blurb, did you choose the upgraded paper option? I did my first Blurb book last month and the images looked pixelated–the skin tones on some of the picture look especially bad because of it. I’m wondering if it’s because I got the standard paper, which seemed thinner than the paper in the Shutterfly books I’ve done.
Post # 13
Ditto the Blurb. We used our photographer’s photo files, so very high quality. And yes, we upgraded to the premium paper and it looks gorgeous!
The colors are very vibrant and the paper feels great. The only thing was I wanted the Image Wrap, but I heard poor reviews of that from Blurb, so I just used the cover jacket instead.
My MIL loved the book I made for her that she actually prefers it to the professional one our photographer made. I was peeved at first bc we spent so much money on the professional album, but in the end, I took it as a compliment that she liked the one I designed and created better.