Wedding Photo Book
- Last updated on April 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm
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We are getting a photo album of our wedding photos from our photographers, but I also wanted to make some for my family in the meantime. I used the layout proof provided by them as a guide for my own layout. Because Blurb seems like a very popular service that people on PW use to make their photobooks, I used Blurb. Ugh, boy was I disappointed! So disappointed, that I was glad I only ordered one, and then I went back to A&I to make the rest of them. As with my engagement photobook, they did a fantastic job. Check out my comparison below. A caveat however: I used 4"x6" photos and got the 13"x11" from Blurb while I got 11"x8.5" from A&I, which had an effect on the print quality.
Look at how many more shades of blue printed on A&I's than Blurb's.
- Large Landscape - 13"x11"
- I ordered their premium paper (100 lb. text silk-finish paper) but it still feels so thin!
- No creative control on the design of the spine (only allows your book title)
- Copyright page required with credit to Blurb (you can't get rid of it)
- I found the book creator application a little more cumbersome to use, but it's probably a little easier for people unfamiliar with similar applications
- Does not lay flat so some parts of the photos get lost in gutter
- Cropped off some photos
- Glossy dust jacket (leaves fingerprints easily)
- Less image saturation/color density
- Printing is outsourced to a 3rd party
- Total cost = $97.17
- Large book - 11"x8.5"
- Standard paper for all books: heavy 80 lb. cover stock Semi-Gloss paper - and boy, DOES THIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! You really feel the quality difference. THIS really feels pro.
- You can design the spine
- The only place A&I places its logo is on the last page. Every other page is yours completely.
- Book Creator is easy to use immediately if you are mildly familiar with Photoshop controls, otherwise, it's easy to learn by following the tutorials on their site.
- LAYS FLAT! Like a wonderful coffee table book.
- No cropping. What you designed is what you get!
- Semi-gloss dust jacket
- Great image saturation/color density. The colors are way richer than Blurb's.
- Printed in-house at their Hollywood location
- Total cost = $92.16
It's a no brainer to me if I had to choose to print another photobook ever again. Check out some of the beautiful pages!
A&I page lays flat Blurb's doesn't