Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wanting to make a digital photo book?

                                Photo courtesy of Shutterfly

Do you ever get those photobook offers and think about making one?  I do but I always struggle with the worry that somehow the company I choose won't produce a good book.  And what if I can't figure out the site?  Or it doesn't load the photos easily?  And the dreaded margins?  What if I mess those up?

Worry no more, as the two following sites have reviewed the various photo book printing companies IN DEPTH.  The companies looked at were:

Heritage Makers
Kodak Gallery
Scrapping Simply/Paper Kiwi

The Daily Digi review is primarily for digital scrapbookers who have already made layouts and now want to make a book out of them.  So, theirs was an emphasis on how to get your cover, spine, and layouts loaded into the book and resized properly.  A lot of great tips as well as ratings for intimidation factors, ease of loading photos, shipping, etc. is shown.  A quick, yet thorough, write-up that gets to the heart of the matter.

You can see it here:  Review of Photobooks at

Digital Home Thoughts has an extremely detailed review of twelve companies, telling all about his experiences using each site, problems and or complications that arose and final results.  This is a post of 15,000 words so when I say detailed, I mean detailed.  He has screen shots to illustrate his points along the way.  For ease of use, he provided direct links to each company at the beginning of the post so you can just skip to the company you want to check out.  The author said it took him 6 months to do the write-up.

You can check that out here:  Who Makes the Best Photobooks? at DigitalHome Thoughts

There is some overlap with the companies reviewed between the two sites but both are worthy to check out as the descriptions do vary.  I admire the depth of research undertaken to create these photobooks and do the write-ups.  What a great service to everyone!  Thank you, and Digital Home Thoughts!

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