Now that you’ve given your photo book some thought (you DID do your homework, right?) let’s look at just a few of the ways you can go about producing and printing them.
I repeat: These are just a few options. There are plenty of places that offer photo book printing, and if your favorite didn’t make this blog entry, please comment or tweet me (@carnolddesigns).
According to its website, you will receive your order in four days (unless you’re shipping outside of the U.S., which can take longer). If you’re ordering for the holidays, though, I’d encourage you to at least double that to make sure you get your book in time.
The Mosaic app can make photo books of images on your iOs device.
I start with this one because, frankly, it seems like the simplest way to make a photo book. I will admit that, as of this post, I haven’t seen the final book yet, but do have an order that is processing and, in the next few days I hope to get a sense for the quality of the product.
But in a nutshell, Mosaic is an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app that allows you to make a photo book out of the pictures on those devices. 20 photos, to be exact. No more, no less.
Photos will land on a page in the order that you select them. So, whatever photo you pick first will be on the first page, second on second and so on and so forth. Or, you can shuffle the images to give the book a more random feel.
So, only 20 photos, 1 photo per page and there are no options for adding text. All for $20 plus tax and shipping. Easy.
For someone new to creating photo books, this is probably the best way to “keep it simple” and dive right in. As long as you have an Apple device running iOs 5 or greater.
Not sure if/when this will be available on Android.
Learn more at http://heymosaic.com/.
Some locations do offer same-day pickup. So, if you really do wait until the last minute, you might still get lucky if a store near you offers it. Otherwise, the holiday deadlines can be found at: http://bit.ly/1a7YpOo.
This is another one I offer up for anyone who is new(er) to photo books. I have not actually ordered a book from Walgreens, so I cannot comment on the quality of that product, but I do regularly get family prints and an occasional poster from them and have been pleased with the quality.
According to its website, you can use up to 15 photos per page (although that feels like a bit too many to me) and add captions and page titles. Prices start at $29.99.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/1cXT7bR.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah deadlines are Nov. 20 (Priority mail) or Nov. 22 (Fedex). Christmas deadlines are Dec. 13 (Priority) and Dec. 15 (Fedex). As always, though, I recommend ordering your book at least a few days BEFORE those deadlines just to be safe. See more mpix holiday deadlines at: http://bit.ly/1gwWaqn
I really cannot say enough good things about Mpix.com. This has been my go-to service for a number of prints and projects for a long time, including a couple of photo books. If you like to have more design control over what your images, pages, text and more, then this is a great service to explore.
You will need to download their sizing guides and desktop app to upload and order your book, but this way, you can customize your pages in Photoshop or another program if you so choose.
Prices start at $20 and there are a number of different options available, from book sizes to page counts to paper stock and more.
Learn more at http://www.mpix.com/products/photobooks.
To receive a book by Christmas (in the U.S.), your deadlines are Dec. 13 (standard shipping), Dec. 17 (Priority) or Dec. 19 (Express). If you’re shipping outside of the U.S., see more shipping options and deadlines at http://www.blurb.com/holiday#shipping.
I ordered my first books through Blurb last year, as Christmas gifts for family. I decided to try it because it plays well with Lightroom, where I’ve begun cataloguing my photos in recent years.
The quality of the books is impressive. If you use Lightroom, it’s definitely worth checking out Blurb. While you’re working inside of LR, click on the “Book” module. From there, you can add single images to pages, select from a variety of page templates, add captions and create a really beautiful book.
I won’t go into all of the steps it takes to make a book in LR here, but simply want to give you this overview so you know it’s an option you might explore.
You can also use Blurb apart from Lightroom, and vice versa. To learn more about other ways you can upload and create books with Blurb, visit its website at http://www.blurb.com. Or, you can save your Lightroom book layout as jpg or pdf files and print them through another service.
If you are producing a book in Lightroom, it will also estimate your price in the upper right corner while you’re working. According to blurb’s pricing list, prices start at $12.99. Learn more at http://www.blurb.com/pricing.
So there you have it. Hopefully this helps give you a place to start. If you do create a photo book and don’t mind sharing a pic or three, I’d love to see what you create. Share with me on Twitter (@carnolddesigns) or email me (email@example.com).