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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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Where do you print your photobooks??

Hi,

I finally finish my 2009 photobook....

I have printed with shutterfly...

But I would like to know different options...

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Old May 8th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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I have had great success with Inkubook. Straightforward uploading. I have had a little problem getting the cover to fit, but their Live Chat is excellent. Jean
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Old May 8th, 2010, 05:59 PM
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It depends on what you're printing. I do digital scrapbooking, so I look for books in the square format, particularly 8X8 and 12X12. I have printed with Shutterfly and Blurb (both 12X12 casewrap hardcover) and preferred Shutterfly. Blurb was inexpensive, but the cover is not very durable.

If you're interested in a more in-depth review, a friend on another forum posted reviews of other products:

http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/n...w/97676/0/1/15

which was followed up on this forum:

http://www.designerdigitals.com/digi...companies.html

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I've used Shutterfly, Snapfish and Walmart. The latest I did was with Shutterfly and their online tool was extremely easy to use. I had a lot of pictures to add, and then rearrange, and then add a few more. It was very easy to do.
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That comparison website was very good. Inkubook was rated up there.
Regarding uploading photos - I do it in the evening. 70 pages were uploaded and put into a book in 69 minutes - I timed it.
I came to the computer during commercials and uploaded eight pages (I do complete finished pages, do not use their autofill) and put the previous eight pages into their place in the book - this during the commercial break. That way I am not sitting at the computer waiting for the photos to upload.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:16 AM
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Right now Winkflash has a sale. They do full bleed, if that is what you want.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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I've tried Shutterfly and MyPicTales and had great results from both!
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Old September 11th, 2010, 01:50 PM
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I've printed both at viovo & shutterfy. Both sites cut off my edges for 8x8 books. At shutterfy I even went through the process of re croppping each page,turning off that vivid option we are suppose to for digital Lo's & using the digiscrapbook section instead of the regular photobook section and still the edges were cropped off! I like the 8x8 size for storage reasons and price but am not satisfied with the edges being cut off. i think I'd rather print at home now even if it costs more in ink etc. At least the colors are more vivid & no cut off edges
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I've printed both at viovo & shutterfy. Both sites cut off my edges for 8x8 books. At shutterfy I even went through the process of re croppping each page,turning off that vivid option we are suppose to for digital Lo's & using the digiscrapbook section instead of the regular photobook section and still the edges were cropped off! I like the 8x8 size for storage reasons and price but am not satisfied with the edges being cut off. i think I'd rather print at home now even if it costs more in ink etc. At least the colors are more vivid & no cut off edges
Joba,

The key to getting your pages like you want them is to size them to the printers specifications and add extra bleed area. For Shutterfly, that means your page size should be 7.95x7.95 and it will trim to 7.75x7.75. Leave extra background paper around the edges, and keep important stuff 1/8" in from the edge, and an extra 1/4" (so 3/8" total) from the edge on the binding side of the page. This will happen with every photobook printer out there. It's simply due to the manufacturing process. Understanding the specs can be intimidating, but if you take the time to figure it out (or to get some templates/actions with guide rules) your pages will be just as you expect them to be. I'm not 100% sure on VioVio's guidelines, but I think they are the same as MyPicTales...8.25x8.25 with 1/8" bleed on each side, and the extra 1/4" on the binding side.

Also, note, if you upload a 12x12 for an 8x8 book, the pages are reduced by 33%, so you need to allow additional room for the bleed. That's why I always recommend resizing pages and adding bleed when designing your book, especially if you scrap with things close to the edges.

I hope this helps!
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Old September 11th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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Thanks Wendy I'll save your post for reference & give it another try for next album.
Ps: Just re read you post. So you are suggesting NOT to upload 12x12 pages but resize to 7.95X7.95 before uploading correct?

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