Online photo printing has revolutionized the photography industry, and now you can create your own personalized photo book that will fit perfectly into any coffee table. Before, you had to bring your movie or SD card to a studio to turn your photos into a professional-looking photo book. But now you can upload photos to a website, design the book yourself, and receive a beautiful product within a week or even a few days later.
Photo book services offer DIY customizations, and you can spend hours putting together and decorating your book to create a truly unique product, whether it’s for your own home or as a gift for a friend.
There are many cloud services competing to help you create (and print!) Your next photo book, with new services appearing every year. So PCWorld has created photo books from some of the most popular web services. The theme of our project? A 2018 yearbook from PCWorld’s “The Full Nerd” YouTube show.
Here are some of the best photo book services you can find.
Best photo book
AdoramaPix got its start as a photo store in Manhattan and has since taken the online photo printing world by storm. AdoramaPix’s final print product was by far the most professional and expensive book we reviewed. The photos came out stunningly. Not only was her book exceptional, but her online photo editor for creating the book is a pleasure to use. (Read our full review.)
Mixbook is a great option for creating a coffee table caliber photo book. He easily has one of the best photo creation tools online, but the quality of his book and photos also impressed us. We do wish, however, that it had a few additional sizes and a few gift box options. (Read our full review.)
How we looked at the photo books
PCWorld used the same set of photos when reviewing all photo book services. We even did our best to create the exact same layouts for all of the books in this roundup. That said, there were variations between all of the photo books as the design options varied from department to department. Additionally, some services have required us to resize images differently to meet their own resolution requirements.
Here’s what we looked at in terms of review criteria:
Sizes and styles: What were the options for book sizes and styles? Was there a good selection of book sizes and did the service include page stock and binding options, such as silk and lay flat?
Publisher of books: This is a critical area, as some book creation tools are easy to use, while others can be extremely frustrating. So we looked at ease of use; the speed at which the publisher has updated; and what kind of features, such as in-app photo editing, clip art, and templates, as well as new image cutouts, the publisher was offering.
Photo book and print quality: We looked at the quality of the photo book, including its pages, spine, and cover. But above all, we looked at basic image reproduction and whether the print retained resolution and color accuracy.
Price : We compared the price of the service to others we looked at.
Best photo books: reviews
PCWorld is constantly evaluating new photo book services. You can find our individual reviews on each service we’ve reviewed so far below.