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):
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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)!