Albumworks Photo Book Review

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.

I received my book only a few days later, on the 16th. The turnaround time  was excellent.
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The first thing I noticed is the lovely glossy photo cover, it has a lovely shine to it, the photo is lovely and clear.

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The binding is great quality, well put together.

The paper is lovely and glossy and at 170 GSM it is thicker than Blurb (their standard is 135 GSM).
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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.

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You will get a barcode printed on the last back page.

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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.

Please check out my other book reviews Blurb and Cahoots

8 Comments Albumworks Photo Book Review

  1. Leonie November 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Thanks for this review. It’s pretty much my experience of albumworks too. One thing I’d really like is the ability to print it off so that someone can proof read it for me. Even if you could just printout out the text to proof read. Otherwise I’m loving it.

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    1. Nicole Hastings November 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Ah yes I hadn’t thought of that as I have only used images, but if it were more of a scrapbook type design that would be handy.

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  2. Emma July 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Great review!
    This was in December 2011 when posted, have you used any other photo book companies since?

    Ive noticed albumworks now do a HD page which is 230gsm papaer – have you ever used this? (wondering what its like compared to the 170gsm paper)

    Im an amateur slr user and a 1st time photobook maker but want to get a decent print quality of a photobook.

    What was the binding like on cahhoots and album works?

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    1. Nicole Hastings July 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Hi Emma,

      No I haven’t done any more photo book companies since, although I helped a friend make a great blurb book of her travels. The binding on the album works is good, although I noticed that the end pages you can see a little glue, and the last page seems a little “untidy” but that is only being really picky. I can’t remember on the cahoots book although if there was anything I really didn’t like I would have written about it. I haven’t used the 230gsm although it would be lovely and thick. I would pick album works over blurb for quality, but you can also put so much more in a blurb book for less cost, and not all that much less quality, especially if you chose the higher range of papers etc.

      At the moment I am concentrating on getting some professional albums done that I could use for my business, but it’s rather time consuming, especially having to learn a new program for every different company.

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  3. M Evans September 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Be careful to remove any pages that you don’t want in the back of your book. I brought a 30 page book and received an extra 10 white pages at the end of my book which really spoilt the book and no they will not reprint the book unless I pay for a new book!

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    1. Nicole Hastings October 23, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Ahhh that’s a shame 🙁

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  4. Chase February 6, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Hi Nicole, good review I think I might end up doing one of these with my Wifes art to give her a nice suprise 🙂

    Just a note, the two review links on the bottom of the article seem to be 404’ing

    thanks again!

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    1. Nicole Hastings April 4, 2017 at 9:38 PM

      Thanks Chase, have fixed those links now!

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