Post # 1
I know people are often torn about how to print albums on their own, so I thought I would share my experience 🙂 I ordered parent albums from Blurb and wasn’t too thrilled with the quality – they turned out fine, but the “premium paper” isn’t that thick and I thought the printing quality left something to be desired. So for our own keepsake album, I went through Adorama – HOLY COW. There is SUCH a difference. The printing is way more saturated and precise, the paper is incredibly thick with a nice sheen, and overall it feels much more high-quality and durable.
Adorama is more expensive than other photo book companies (an 8×12 album with 50 pages came to about $100 with tax and shipping, although first-time users get a $10 credit) and I found the design process more time intensive, as their templates aren’t that great – but compared to a pro album, I am really happy with what I got for the price. Highly recommended!
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
I LOVE adoramapix! Our guestbook that I blogged about was made through them and it is FANTASTIC! I did get a bit tired of their interface so I just did all the design work in Photoshop and uploaded the fully created 8×8 pages like they were a photo.
Post # 4
Great idea w/ Photoshop! Maybe I’ll do that if I order any more…
Post # 5
@meerkat: What a great idea! If I ever do a photo book with them again, that’s what i’ll do. Their bookmaking software/page is kind of a designer’s worst nightmare. As someone who likes custom layouts, I found it cumbersome and difficult (and why is the workspace only like 1/4 of the page? Horrible). The quality, for a non-pro album, was good though. And their actual photo printing (outside of the albums) is supurb!
Post # 6
I also used Adorama for our guest book (like the ability to print a picture as the cover and the lay flat pages!) and it was a great experience. I had a $35 credit (I can’t remember if it’s when I first registered) and they were having a sale on their square albums, so I ended up paying about $38 for a 50-page 10×10 album. Score!
Post # 7
@crayfish: Really? When I was designing my guestbook, I could work on the entire full page spread at once. I didn’t use any of their layouts and just put it all together myself using the gridlines. I didn’t find any issues with it.
Post # 8
LOVE Adorama! I’ve already done two photo books through them! The print quality and picture paper is incredible. I couldn’t be happier. I designed our civil ceremony pictures into an album and I just made our e-pics into an album for our guest book for our wedding celebration and ceremony we have coming up in March. I am really impressed with the company. They are worth every penny!