Post # 1
We recently received our full wedding photo gallery, so we’re starting to look at places to buy albums. I asked my photographer, and she said she recommends Artifact Uprising (my photographer also makes books, but I actually enjoy designing my own). Have any of you used them? The books look beautiful, but I have a couple of concerns.
First, it appears all the books have a dust jacket and not a printed or leather cover. While this looks really pretty in their ads, I have to wonder about the practicality of it – I figure we’ll tear up a dust jacket within a year or two.
Second, it doesn’t appear that they offer lay-flat pages, which is something I thought I really wanted, so I was considering Black River Imaging (I was just going to suck it up and use their editing program, which I hear is a beast). The cost difference between an Artifact Uprising book and a BRI book is about $400. Yes literally. Do lay-flat pages really matter THAT much?
Give me some advice ladies!
Post # 3
@TwoStatesBride: Wow, the Artifact Uprising books are so beautiful that I personally would be willing to overlook the fact that it doesn’t lay flat. But if you’re not feeling it, then i say pass!
Post # 4
We haven’t been super impressed with their print quality.
Post # 5
@pengoala: we think we will be able to overlook it, personally, because i chatted with someone there and they told me the reason their pages don’t lay flat is that they have not yet been able to find an environmentally responsible way to produce lay-flat pages. that’s a good enough reason for us.
@continuumphotography: do you have a recommendation for who might be better? $100 for 100 pages is almost cheap enough where we would be willing to risk it, actually. for what we want a Black River Imaging book would cost around $500, and they were the only other place we were considering (and I hear their software is a bear).
Post # 6
bumping this in case anyone else has some input 🙂
Post # 6
I just thought I’d share my experience with Artifact Uprising in case your still considering using them, or if any other brides out there are.
We made our wedding album through Artifact Uprising and I cannot recommend them enough! In fact we were so impressed with the quality that we ordered extra copies for both of our parents who love them too. The quality for the price is astounding and shipping outside of the US where they are based was reasonable and quick. We ordered the landscape hard cover book for our wedding albums with a full sized dust jacket. Your right that the books are linen not leather but you can chose the colour of the linen and so far it’s ageing really well. They used recyled paper which still looks and feels of a high quality and if you’ve used a candid style wedding photographer it suits the style perfectly. We were so impressed that we used them to make a soft cover book of our honeymoon photos and plan to do the same for all our previous overseas trips! I’m in the middle of putting together a book documenting our first year of marriage together through snaps I’ve taken over the last year.
Their hardcover books don’t lay flat like some I have seen but I really can’t recommend these enough. Every person we’ve shown our albums to has commented on how great quality they are and we’ve even had a few people ask for the info about the makers so they can do their own. I hope that helps!
Post # 7
carolineswee: I’m currently working on creating a wedding album with Artifact Uprising, a hardcover book. Can I ask how felt about their design program? I’m finding that it is very frustrating, how you have to click through 5 pictures at a time and if anything is over 12mb in size, the whole upload cancels. Did you find any tricks?
Post # 8
My photographer made our album, but we have the lay flat pages, and they are REALLY nice. To me, they really transformed our album from pictures on a page to something that really tells the story of our wedding.
I agree about the paper covers. They would ware, but they would be great to have if they photo was printed on the cover too.
Post # 9
I’ve used them all or rather tried to (Artifact Uprising. Picaboo, My Pubisher, Shutterfly to name a few). I felt that Shutterfly was the only one that was intuitive. The rest left me frustrated.
From shutterfly, I’ve bought the generic 8×8 for guest photos from the wedding, shower photos, as well as making a guest book. For our wedding photos we bought a lay-flat 11×14 book (109 pages). The quality was great and are a few steps above the general 8×8 books they sell.
They do have other covers, but we opted for a photo on ours. We waited for a sale and only paid $105 for it. We look at it almost everyday and it’s held up very well. Quality is amazing and the paper is thicker than a generic 8×8 photo book.
Post # 10
carolineswee: hello! my husband and I are on the fence about havinng one made by them. It’ll cost us $400. may I ask how much yours was and how many pages?
Post # 11
Disappointed that my second order from Artifact Uprising of the lay flat photo book had a glaring imperfection right on the cover and they sent it to me anyways. Where is the quality control? Within half a second of opening the box it irked me that the title wasn’t centered and the “b” in the name “Sebastian” is out of line.
This is following another order of two books I received to give my in-laws and parents for the holidays that both had ink marks on the margins of pictures in the hardcover book and a smudge on my sisters full page picture. Admittedly, customer service was kind and really wanted to do everything they can to help, claiming these errors are not typical. In the end I got store credit and used it on this second order and it’s still just obviously off.
Separately, the lay flat book does not actually lie flat and the center seam is very visible and rough looking, not a smooth image in the middle at all. This is very different from the polished video they show on their website.
I really wanted to love Artifact Uprising’s products! I know if I reach out to customer service they’ll offer to reprint the book and the thought of wasting all those resources just to print a second identical book I don’t need just because of the cover being wrong just feels wrong to me. I’m so bummed.
Post # 12
Their work is terrible!!! I ordered a quickie photo album to show to relatives who weren’t able to make it and to test their quality. I was really really disappointed – quality control issues everywhere!
There were several pages actually missing photos. The color was terrible, yellows had been turned orange. THe high quality photos from my photographer sometimes came out beautifully, and sometimes blurry and pixilated. They also had nothing in the UI to show you that the binding would cut off a half an inch and so several full spread photos cut out half my husband!
They refunded all my money but I probably spent three days frustratingly wrestling with their user interface to put the book together. That said, their wood block print was really nice.
But go elsewhere! Not worth your time or money to have such glaring quality issues!!
Post # 13
Unfortunately I also had a book made about a year ago and experienced the visible seam issue, it just shows the crease. For $200 with discounts it was just ok, not worth the price. Maybe their normal photobooks are fine but wasn’t impressed at all with their “premium” book. I did have some damage on the cover due to shipping and they sent me a new book with some tweaks I did to help the look of the seams, so good customer service.