Disclaimer: I received a voucher to try an A4 Landscape 40 page book with customised cover from Albumworks in return for this review. All opinions expressed are my honest and personal opinion.
I have been in search of a more local option for photo books that is comparable to the product I reviewed from Blurb, there seem to be an immense amount of options for making photo books, Albumworks seemed like a comparable option.
Firstly I began with downloading the book making software, an easy task which didn’t take long. When I clicked to view photobooks they were all displayed vertically and It made me think that I couldn’t select landscape, once I clicked on a book design type I then had the option of choosing the orientation, so don’t be fooled like me.
The software was easy to use, I find if I have to read instructions to learn how to use it then it isn’t user friendly enough. If I can begin to use it straight away then I am happy. I am more of a learn by doing person.
Albumworks has the ability to import your photos from Facebook and Flickr you are able to view your photo stream or import from sets, so make sure you have all the photos you want sorted into sets as you could be looking for a while if they are not.
Once you have chosen the photo book product you want, you then go on to choosing the Theme for your project. There are 9 different themes, but you can also start from scratch if you don’t like the designs. I chose the Film Strip theme and altered it as I went.
I notice once having selected the theme you couldn’t change it. You can alter many options within the theme but not select a different one once loaded. If there was a way to change it I couldn’t find it.
Images can then be inserted automatically or can be placed in the page yourself.
It was very easy to alter the page designs, choose layouts, and select colours (once I found where to click!) simple click and drag is used.
When I finished my project and saved it, it took about 15 mins to upload, and it was ordered. I also was able to share my creation with an online version provided after the order was submitted. I ordered my book at 10pm on the 10/11/2011.
The first thing I noticed is the lovely glossy photo cover, it has a lovely shine to it, the photo is lovely and clear.
The binding is great quality, well put together.
The photos look great, I know I had issues with the clarity of my blurb book, the printing on some pictures were noticeable. This book seems clearer, you can’t really notice the dots at all, only if you zoom in like this.
A zoomed in cropped image of the printing.
I am really impressed with the quality of the whole book.
Albumworks 40 page, A4 Landscape $69.95 with photocover with Overnight air express $9.95
Pricing is dearer than Blurb but you are dealing with a company within Australia, and I do think the paper quality and finish is better.
Albumworks also have hand made presentation boxes that can go with your books for an extra cost.
Overall the process of creating, ordering and receiving a quality photo book was fantastic and I would highly recommend these products.