(Closed) MyPublisher: SO disappointed

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Did you edit the pics’ resolution at all?

Computer moniters’ DPI is set up to 72 so on the computer it will look good, but when you go to print, it won’t look as nearly as good. Printers usually print at 300 DPI, so it makes a HUGE difference between what you see on the screen & what you see printed.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Boo thats awful *2 thumbs down to MyPublisher

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I have had similar experiences with most of the consumer albums company’s.  You just can’t get the smooth textures on cardstock like you can on photopaper.  However, you may want to check that you used images in the correct resolution.  If you are printing an 8×10 picture for a book, it should be a minimum of 2000×2500 pixels or 5 megapixels.  That being said, my honeymoon album I made on mypublisher looks a lot better than one I recently made on blurb for a friend.  It does have it’s issues though, as does most press printed products.


Here is a bit I wrote in another post on cunsumer retailers that offer albums vs professional albums.  I would use adorama pix, you won’t get the high quality bindings and thick lay flat pages flush mount albums offer, but at least they use photographic paper and not cardstock.  Your best bet for a true archival piece of art is always to order professional products through your photographer


Just so you know the difference, the quality albums that REAL pro photographers typically offer are called flush mount.  They have pages that are very thick, do not bend, and lay flat.  The pages are printed on professional photographic paper and then mounted on archival board.  Most of these are hand bound and sewn using book binding techniques.  These books are very durable are made to last generation after generation.

The books that consumer labs typically print are called press printed.  Actual photographic paper is not used, the pages are an archival cardstock.  They bend easily, are usually thin, not very durable, and can never match the detail, vibrance, or sheen, that a true pro album can offer.  The pages are typically glued into the binding so the integrity of the book depends on that glue.

If you are looking for something archival to last yrs and yrs, and truely showcase the professional photography that you paid so much for,I would go flush mount for sure.  If you don’t, definitely buy two copies and keep one tucked away and un-used.  The few press printed books I have tend to show a lot of wear and tear after little use.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just ordered a honeymoon book from MyPublisher and had a fabulous experience. I upgraded to the nicer quality paper and the lay-flat pages, but the quality of mine is impeccable. Beautifully clear pictures and a turn around time of less than a week? I’d recommend them to anyone. I’m sorry your experience was subpar 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@Meowkers:  yeah, you will have better results using an album that uses real photo paper.  I know people rave about press printed products, and they are good enough for some, but sometimes you really don’t know what they are missing until you see the real deal.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@USER876: All I know is that you can literally see the grains of sand and blades of grass. If you buy the cheapest option, you’ll get the cheapest quality.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Meowkers: I didn’t mean to imply you did, and I’m sorry yours didn’t come out well. I hope you have time to order another option.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’ve printed using blurb for a friend and did not have a problem. I have an account with asuka, but the albums are so expensive I usually only use them for personal projects.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@Miss Scarlet:  I am not trying to burst your bubble, but the cheapest option uses the same paper and same inks and same printing press as the most expensive option.  Unless you upgrade to the super high gloss finish, the upgraded albums are just a different size, have different cover options, have thicker paper, but have the same quality and gloss paper, so image quality across them is the same.  Your statement is not accurate when comparing image quality only

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