Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing alright with all the Christmas rush and the fact that it's only 7 (seven) days before Christmas.
While everyone is doing some rush Christmas shopping which I did in late November so I wouldn't experience the stress (haha), I realized that the photobook/s I'm doing right now would be my 5th and 6th. And yet I haven't posted any review about the company where I print them. So, here it goes.
I'm giving it a 2.5 - 3 star rating. Why? Simply because I just like it. Like, not love, because I have no other choice. But if you're going to tell me about Persnickety Prints, Photobook Philippines, Artscow, or shutterfly, well then I guess I do have options. I haven't experience ordering at Persnickety yet. And I really really want to. For Photobook Philippines, I don't know if I am to categorize them as pricey or what although I think they have a good deal. You see, according to their website, their 8x8 for imagewrap is 3,250php [almost $74] (with minimum of 40 and maximum of 300 page). I only fall on 95-98 pages for my photobook. And if I am to go to Photobook Philippines, I would still have to pay the 3,250php, unless I'm gonna maximize my book up to 300 (with what else?). Unlike with Picturebooks, their 8x8 30 pages is only 1,495php ($34) and 120php ($2.72) for every additional 4 pages.
But take a look at their downloadable software which is also the software they use when you bring your layouts at their mall kiosk.
Here, you can see that you have to drag your layouts on their designated pages after choosing the layout size. Here is mine on an 8x8 canvas.
And then, you will need to drag each layouts from the left to each block or pages.
Take note that I (or if I'm at the mall, the sales' lady) will have to expand my layout all the way to the middle or center bleed (or whatever that is called).
But what if I messed it up like this?!
You see, you can't rely on the software to, like, double click the layout so it will fit exactly on the page. I had an experience last time (on my 4th book) where I have to ask the lady to allow me to move each layouts on each pages (which was 98 pages plus the front and back cover) just so I can be sure that the division of the layouts for their left and right bleeds are fair. Because on my 3rd photobook, I was a bit disappointed with some of the pages. That's why I made my own page format on my pse. Wherein I make use of a margin for each layouts I make. Sigh. And man! That bottom area where you can choose scrapbook elements? That is not collapsible!! Ugh!
See here this double paged layout (I used a double paged template from Yin Designs) I made. I cropped the double page to be separated fairly. But look at what will happen if I will put them together on two pages. See how the parts of the two photo frames did not match accordingly? Yeah. That is going to be a big problem for me, and that is the reason I used their downloadable software for the first time. Just so I could be sure that the part of the frames which was on page one, will match with their parts with was on page 2.
With this issue, I think I might not be able to print my 5th book by January. Bummer.