Our Mini Photo Books from Photobook Philippines

 

My Rating:

I learned about Photobook Philippines from groupon sites. They have ongoing promos and it was last year that these discounts inspired me to plan our family yearbooks. I’ve already downloaded their software but I haven’t finished organizing our photos (thousands of them) yet. Hopefully by next year I can start ordering our photo books.

Photobook Philippines

Photobook Philippines (or Photobook Worldwide) is all about photo books. It allows you to personalize your own photo book or choose ready-made book templates from their Photobook Designer software. They will print, bind, and ship your order to you. You can create wedding and engagement albums, family yearbooks, and personal photo albums in a handful of designs, sizes, and types. Their photo books are known for stellar print quality, superb binding, high quality papers and detailed hand-made processes.

Aside from photo boooks, they also make personalized greeting & holiday cards, wedding invitations & save the dates, canvas prints & collage posters, notebooks, and calendars.

Promotions

I got my first photobooks for 100% off from Metrodeal. Yes, you’ve read that right — 100% off! One 6×6 mini softcover photobook with 40 pages (20 sheets, back to back print) normally costs PhP 1,200 but I ordered two for free. So that would be PhP 2,400 worth of savings! I suggest that you often check out popular groupon sites for to get awesome photobook deals.

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Photobook Philippines Discounts

Online Designer

The online designer is easy to use. First, I uploaded my photos and they appeared in the photo bin on the left side. Then I dragged the photos to the empty boxes on each page. The template can be changed or re-arranged, depending on your preference. I made sure that photos and other critical contents (text, add-ons) did not exceed the red line because it represents the cutting line. After filling all the pages with photos, I clicked a few customization buttons at the top area to add text and change backgrounds.

Tip: Don’t forget to hit ‘Save’ often so you don’t lose any changes you make. I also suggest that if you’re planning to get your own photobooks, organize and prepare your photos ahead.

Photobook Philippines Review

Here are some sample backgrounds used for photobooks from their online designer. I included photos from my son’s photo shoot by Leny Cruzado and a few precious snaps from my mobile phone.

 

Softcover photobooks are both versatile and lightweight, making them perfect keepsakes and ideal gifts for family and friends. Here’s a digital version of the mini softcover photobook.

http://issuu.com/photobookworldwide/docs/myfamily_11x11/21?e=7385790/9183616
 

Zaiel’s photobook arrived on my doorstep within 2 weeks. I chose the standard shipping so I only paid PhP 130.

My second photo book arrived after almost 2 months upon ordering. I emailed their support team and asked about the delay. They replied within 24 hours and informed me that my photobook was ‘lost in transition’, but I was relieved when they told me they’d send another copy for free. The replacement arrived within one week.

To my surprise I received a note to claim a parcel at the nearest post office that same week. It turned out to be the first copy that was lost in transition. The Photobook PH support mentioned that they recommend selecting DHL Express service for all my future orders to prevent shipping delays.

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Customer Service

They have excellent customer service. I sent them a message through their Facebook page regarding my delayed package and they quickly addressed my concerns. They also have superb email support. I also can’t thank them enough for giving me another copy of my order when the first copy was lost in transition.

Paper & Print Quality

They use 190 gsm Photo Lustre for mini softcover photobooks. There is no available paper upgrade but I think it’s decent for a mini photo book. The paper feels like a normal printed photo, the only difference is both sides are printed. Lustre paper resists finger print marks (yay!) and reflects light less.

Photobook Philippines Paper Quality

Print quality is good, but actual photos appear darker than its digital counterpart. Well, not super dark that they’re a disappointment – only one or two shades darker. Maybe I also need to do some adjustments with my monitor screen brightness.

Tip: You need to upload only high-resolution photos. Low-res pictures would appear smudgy.

Photobook Philippines Print Quality

The binding was flawlessly made.

Photobook Philippines Binding

I’m very satisfied with Photobook Philippines, from product to service. I will definitely order my second batch of photo books from them again.

I hope my review was helpful. Ciao!

 

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16 comments

  1. EINz says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing… I also got 6×6 40pages from photobook ph which I bought from ensogo for P9, I ordered a total of 6 for that size, and two more sized 9×9 and 11×14 .

    To my dismay, 6×6 has a whopping delivery charge of 350 each! Sadly, they’re system won’t allow combine shipping so I created just 1 album for 6×6 and decided not to use the remaining 5 vouchers, and continue with my 9×9 and 11×14.

    I would’ve save more if only they allow combine shipping, but infairness, the deal was good enough for a photoprint service…

    Btw, here’s my post on ensogo deal:
    http://www.mommytots.com/2014/12/my-purchases-and-review-at-ensogocomph.html

  2. Jade | Baby, JetSet, Go says:

    I love Photobook Philippines, too! I didn’t get a wedding album from my photographer so I just DIY’d it using this company and it turned out really great. Love the quality of their prints and the super-easy-to-use software. I get those deals too every time they come out, even with the high shipping cost, really worth it talaga.

    I agree, they have excellent customer service. I lost one of the photobooks I did when I was moving houses. They were able to retrieve the album which I did a year earlier and reprinted it using one of the vouchers I bought.

  3. Maan says:

    I love Photobook Philippines! I’ve ordered photobooks from them a number of times already, and everything is always high in quality. Shipping is also fast in fairness. It’s my preferred choice of gift!

  4. Dani says:

    Hi! I just ordered from them and found out from the DHL tracker that my order is being shipped from malaysia. I dont know why it came from there. Did yours also come from another country? If so, did you have to pay customs, duties, and taxes?

  5. Joy B. says:

    Hi, did you pay anything when you placed your order at photobook’s site? I have ordered earlier from metrodeal and will pay later, but I just want to make sure that there will be no other charges, except for the delivery charge, as they said on the description part on metrodeal.

    • Dani says:

      I was initially charged around P1800 by dhl saying it was customs duties and taxes. But because I dealt with something like this before, I asked about reevaluation of the charge. A few days later they delivered it again with no charge. When I asked what exactly happened, they just said the charges were paid by the shipper (which I doubt). It may or may not happen. So just be prepared to deal with customer service.

  6. shen says:

    I bought 2 vouchers from metrodeal and i already downloaded the photobook designer as well as the template i like. But when i started my project, i noticed that the template that i downloaded was 11×11 inches. iam having difficulty finding a 6×6 template. can you help me please? thanks

    • Steph says:

      Miss Nerissa,

      Hi! I also don’t have a credit card. In order to make purchases online, I got a Globe GCash Mastercard(150php when I applied for it). It was hassle-free. I connected it to Paypal, but you may also use it directly whenever you shop online.

      (This isn’t a paid ad. Haha!)

      Btw, I also became nervous upon reading that @Dani(in a comment above) was asked to pay an extra 1800 for customs duties and taxes… Sana malusutan ko din if ever mangyari sa ‘kin. I ordered mine 2 days ago. 🙂

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