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Review: Shutterfly Photo Books

I’m finally ready to write the review I’ve been promising since July :)! I designed my first Shutterfly 8×8 photo book (using the Being Me Quick Album), ordered it on August 31st, it was printed and arrived at my doorstep on September 7th!

I am completely thrilled with my Shutterfly photo book! The process, the customer service, and the final product from Shutterfly are all top notch :)!  

Here are some photos of the finished book (NOTE: My photos hardly do this book justice, the color and quality of the book is much better than you can see here, but you can get a general idea of what the book looks like):

Can’t See the Slideshow? Click Here. 

If you saw the odd looking splotches on the front cover of the book, it is not due to a printing error – I photographed the book outdoors, and the cover is so glossy and shiny that the photo shows a reflection of some trees in my yard :).

I ordered a 20 page, 8×8 Story Book, under the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” category. Shutterfly offers plenty of pre-designed options for the Story Books, but I wanted to print a book using the Being Me Quick Album I designed. The quick album comes in 8×8 size, but the actual dimensions of the Shutterfly pages are 7.95×7.95 – no worries, I just re-sized each page to 7.95×7.95 at 300 dpi before saving! If you are designing your own pages, be sure to use these templates provided by Shutterfly – they show the “bleed” areas on the page that might get cut off during printing (to insure that there are no white borders on the page). You can download the templates to your computer and open them right up in Photoshop! You’ll want to keep all the important info on your page within the boundaries they provide, and keep in mind that the pages curl inward where the binding is.

I love the customer service I received from Shutterfly – even though I read the step by step instructions provided, I still forgot to do an important step – but I emailed them through the site right away, and they cancelled my order for me before it was printed, so I could fix my error and reorder!

Tips and Tricks for Printing Shutterfly Photo Books

  • Make sure you use the templates provided by Shutterfly, so that you don’t lose any important details on your page – there are separate templates for the covers and binding as well.
  • Read the instructions provided, and follow them CAREFULLY for best results.
  • It is a lot faster if you turn off “Vividpics” and custom crop when you first upload your photos into an album then after you’ve already added them to the book.
  • Preview your work carefully to make sure your pages are in the correct order, etc.
  • Here is a PDF file provided by Shutterfly that contains even more design tips!

I am so happy with the Shutterfly photo books, and I am in the process of designing two others right now, a 12×12 Memory Book and a 8.5×11 Classic Book :).

Have you created a Shutterfly Photo Book? If so, please share your thoughts, tips, and/or links to your photos by commenting on this post (comment link can be found at the top of the post)!

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17 responses to “Review: Shutterfly Photo Books

  1. Catherine September 20, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Wow, your book is gorgeous, Jess! i have printed one too, that I love! Thanks for sharing with us, love your slide show!

  2. croppincousins September 25, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Great site Jess! Saw your comment from my blog and came to visit you. Glad to meet another Sister in Christ! :)
    ~LouAnn

  3. Trish aka Artctrish October 1, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for sharing all your thoughts here. Very helpful as I am beginning mine!

  4. Miss Sniz October 10, 2007 at 7:08 am

    How much did it cost to print the whole book and do they come bound, or pages you slide into your own book?

  5. Jess October 10, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Miss Sniz,

    The 8×8 books are normally $29.99 for the first 20 pages (one side), and $1 for each additional page. The tax and shipping cost me a little over $7. I got my book for free, because of an offer that was sent to me from Shutterfly to make any purchase and get an 8×8 book for free.

    The books come completely bound, just like you can see in the slide show!

    BTW – I went to your blog, you are one funny lady! I was giggling the whole time :)!

  6. Julie January 3, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    yes I have, and I was so pleased with my book I order 2 more as Christmas presents. When they arrived, the front cover had a white stripe accross it. I called and they shipped me 2 more next day air. this time the spine was messed up. So I called again and they apologized and refunded my total. I didn’t even have to return the 4 I had. then I was emailed this morning, they are going to walk me through ordering and uploading the template for the cover. and give me a discount of 20%!! I recommend Shutterfly to everyone!

  7. Julie January 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I received my first book for free for the same offer – spent $ 5 on photos and got a free credit. Sign up for email promotions. Only had to pay shipping.

  8. Jess January 4, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Julie! I have also found Shutterfly customer service to be very helpful. They seem to really care about making their customers happy :)!

  9. mitts February 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    every picture that i placed on my book had resolution issues. they look great on here but there was always that warning that something was wrong with the page. should i still go for it?

  10. Jess February 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Mitts,
    I’m not exactly sure why you are getting a warning about resolution, but I have a feeling that it is because the resolution of your photos is too small/low. The resolution needed to make a photo look good on your computer screen is much smaller than the resolution needed to print the photos. A typical online image is 72 dpi, but you need 200-300 dpi to get a good printed image. I would not recommend using low resolution photos in a photo book. I think you would be unhappy with the results. I hope this info. helps!

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  12. annulla May 29, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Glad to read your positive comments about Shutterfly Photo Books. I’ve been considering ordering one, and you’ve talked me into it.

    Blather From Brooklyn

  13. Joellyn June 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I see this is an old post, but still very helpful 2 years later! I’m about to embark on my first photo book experience and I was looking for reviews. Shutterfly looks to be the outstanding favorite!

    Thanks for the great information.

  14. Roniet February 23, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Hi there,

    I just saw your book and am well impressed! I’m trying to compile a book of firstly honeymon pics and then I’ll do ne of the wedding pics.

    But the backgrounds they offer on Shutterfy are not nearly as nice as what you have got in your book. Can you tell me where you designed your pages, where you found the backgrounds and how you made some of the photo’s half circles etc?

    Thanks,

    Roniet

  15. Ingrid March 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Hi there Jess, I realize that this was posted some time ago, but it came up in my search. I am looking for bloggers to try one of our AdoramaPix photobooks and do a review. If you are interested, please contact me at ingridspangler[at]adorama.com.

    Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you!

    Ingrid Spangler
    Marketing, AdoramaPix

  16. michael October 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Shutterfly photo book is great and it seems so simple to uses. I look forward to your next blog, I hope it is just as helpful as this one.

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