Our Mini Photo Books from Photobook Philippines
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 (or Photobook Worldwide) is all about photo books. It allows you to make 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 and personalize 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.
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.
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.
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.
Zaiel’s photobook arrived on my doorstep within 2 weeks. I chose the standard shipping so I only paid PhP 130.
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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.
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.
Print quality is good, but actual photos appear darker than its digital version. 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.
The binding was flawlessly made.
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 blog review was helpful. Ciao! Visit www.photobookphilippines.com to check out readybooks and customizable photobooks!
Published: 2014-10-06 11:06:58