Post # 1
So I’ve used vistaprint before for an iPhone cover, was good quality. I’m using snapish for a holiday photo book but haven’t received yet but was happy with the available offers and coupons.
so my questions are which companies have you used? Good or bad? Value and quality of overall product?
thanks bees I want to Start making some photo books of wedding photos for family Xmas presents so obviously I want good quality but I need good value to be able to afford it 🙂
Post # 3
@MrsPadlock2B: I used adoramapix for my boudoir album and I was very happy with it, the photo quality is great. It looks better than the professional album the photographer tried to sell me for $200 (I paid I think $25 + shipping).
Post # 4
@MrsPadlock2B: I’ve only made a photo book once, using Blurb, but I had a good experience with them. It’s been a few years, so I don’t remember all the details, but it’s a good quality book and there were lots of options to choose from in terms of layouts and the details (paper quality, size, etc).
Post # 5
@MrsPadlock2B: When I made my 2nd wedding album (added rehearsal and dinner + Honeymoon), I did lots of reading. There are many photography and scrapbooking sites that review and compare the sites. The best on was AdoramaPix. And I have to agree. You cant beat the flat-fold pages. The quality was great! Everyone who has felt and looked at AdoramaPix is very impressed.
My only complaint is that I have a dark cover and with some bumps, the corners have become white. The other thing I didnt like was the template I choose had all these overlays that I had to go in and take out by hand. But they may have changed this by now.
Post # 6
I just did a wedding album on the Costco web site. I really like it and it seemed very reasonable in price.
Post # 7
Artisan State is supposed to be professional quality but at a good price. You can design your own or send them the pics and they design the layout for free. I just ordered an engagement photo guest book from them, not here yet but I am expecting a pretty awesome product.
Post # 8
I’ve been using Shutterfly for 4 years now (I make annual yearbooks for my family), and I’ve loved the results every single time.
-The picture quality is has always been clear, sharp & with great colors.
-They have a nice variety of photo books at varying price points
-Building the books is easy from following a model to being able to customize your own
-There are always a ton of coupons floating around online. I think I got two of my for free last year using various coupons.
-They ship quickly even at the base level of shipping. They normally give you a two week window for delivery, I’ve never had it take that long.
I would say I’ve probably made 20-25 products using Shutterfly & have never had a problem or a complaint.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve read good reviews of MyPublisher and if you sign up, they’re always sending out big coupons…
Anyone tried them?
Post # 10
I’ve read a few articles that compared all the big ones….. Adoramapix, MyPublisher, Blurb, shutterfly, etc etc….. I think there was like 10 diff ones they made the “same book”, and basically Adoramapix and Mypublisher were rated superior, and shutterfly/blurb were ok but the lasting quality etc isnt as good (and a few comments about shutterfly I actually had first hand of confirming….. the colours can be very exaggerated (too vivid) especially if you have bright colours). I made a “boud shoot” book for my man and I did like the book but I kinda wanted better quality for our wedding album.
My g/f made her wedding book with shutterfly and her colour was orange….and it was like WHOOOOOOAAA….intense.
From what I read MyPub and Adoram are a bit more expensive then the others unless you have a coupon (which seem to come in my email inbox a few times a week lol…. so prob not an issue) but they will last longer.
I’m still waiting for my pics…so Im trying to choose which one so I signed up for Adoram and MyPub to see what the their interface is like/usability etc…..I’ll see if I can find the article
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I used mpix for our engagement photo books and thought they did a good job printing, but it seemed like there were certain limitations to layouts (certain pictures got cropped.. maybe due to user error as in I did not notice in time…).
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Post # 13
I really like Mixbook. I’ve ordered maybe 10 books through them and they’ve all been great. There was some sort of quality issue with one. I sent pictures in to customer service and they made it and sent it again within a day.
Post # 14
I want to put it another good word for Adoramapix– I made my wedding album with them and it looks great (and I love the heavy fold flat pages). If you deicde to use them, sign up on the site with your email address– they send me emails with deals at least once a week.
Post # 15
@MrsPadlock2B: I used Mixbook for my wedding album for our parent’s last year. It was awesome. I tried using Shutterfly, and I could not figure it out and I felt I had more freedome to do what I wanted with Mixbook. They had an AMAZING sale going on around black Friday, and I used that to my advantage and got my books at like more than 50% off. I also ordered photo Christmas cards through them because of a great deal they had going on as well (and will more than likely use them again this year). They often have amazing discounts.
I have used Snapfish for just ordering prints and was VERY happy with the quality of my prints. I am disappointed they don’t have more sizing options, but otherwise they were great to work with and easy (and pretty reasonable).
Post # 16
@shanbp: I was just about to post that link!
I think shutterfly, snapfish, and blurb are the worst of the bunch. Mypublisher and adorama are the best. For press books anyways.