i have used Apple and My Publisher to make photo books of our travels. Unfortunately, My Publisher has been discontinued and I have not been pleased with the Apple offerings in Photos. Any suggestions or experiences from other travelers?
I've made Shutterfly albums for years and have been very pleased with them. They've greatly improved the flexibility and options available from my early years and I find the format quite easy to work with. They have promotions all the time and I always wait for one before ordering anything from them. You can get a fairly significant reduction in price by doing that.
I have used mostly Mixbook and occasionally Shutterfly and have been happy with both. With either one I wait to order when they are running a good promotion because it saves so much money. I use Mixbook more often just because I liked the backgrounds available and the partially because I was a little more familiar with the program over time.
I too used My Publisher. The last 2 years I used Snapfish, and was very pleased. https://www.snapfish.com/photo-gift/home?otsc=SYE&otsi=Welcome&cid=us|sys|tem|sf|Welcome|non|sf|site&
I've tried a few, but the last 10 or more I've used Shutterfly. IMHO they aren't perfect, but they continue to upgrade what you can do and how much flexibility you have. Like others, sign up, then wait for a promotion.
Another vote for Shutterfly here! Easy to use and lots of nice backgrounds. They often run 50% off specials.
I like Blurb for photo books.
I make my own. At 4:00 every Sunday, my wife make cappuccino and spend an hour going through the photos from our travels. We're a bit behind--2015--but we're catching up.
Shutterfly. Wait for the 50% off promos. They stand behind their work.
I have used Mixbook and like that there are so many more adjustments to embellishments such as shadowing and opacity and you can layer backgrounds. However I usually use Shutterfly because they nearly always have a Groupon which can be combined with the percent off promos.
Another vote for Shutterfly.
My wife has made books with Shutterfly multiple times. One book arrived with a crease on the front cover and a small tear in the binding. She contacted Shutterfly, forwarded a picture of the damaged book, and a replacement at no charge arrived in a few days. All other books arrived in excellent condition, so we have confidence in the company.
I've used Snapfish with good results. Get on the email list and wait for the specials.
I agree with everyone who says Shutterfly
I will chime in with another vote for Shutterfly.
I use Snapfish.
I use Walgreens. The only reason is that I have always used Walgreens and all of my pictures are uploaded there.
I've been using Snapfish with great results. I found them a little less expensive than Shutterfly. But I haven't checked back. I find the site very easy to use, with lots of ways to personalize or create your books. Suggestion here: make sure your pics are edited before downloading. You can't adjust picture quality but you can edit size and crop easily page by page and pic by pic.
I might add that I use an old version of Adobe Photoshop Elements to adjust and edit all my pics from cameras and cellphones. Saturating the color will make your photos "pop". Apple photos is good for that.
Another vote for Snapfish. The quality is great and when you are on the email list you get the promo codes. I've never done a book for less than 50% off. Usually at least 60%.
I always use Shutterfly, love my photo books.
Not sure if you can access MOMENTO from up there. https://www.momento.com.au/
I have used them many times and like the others have flash sales from time to time.
There are so many options and it is a very easy to use platform.
@Dav, I love your weekly Sunday afternoon photobook coffee date with your wife! What a way to make your trip memories last!
I've been wanting to try Artifact Uprising but haven't yet, I'm too cheap!
Shutterfly is much more customizable than Snapfish, if that's important to you. You start with a template for each page, but then you can adjust the page in virtually any way you want: adding or subtracting photo areas and text areas, changing the size and placement of photo or text boxes, etc. I used to use Snapfish, but it is not nearly as flexible and I had some quality problems with them.
I make a photo book after each trip -- haven't printed photos in years. I even went back to our non-digital photo albums, had the photos scanned, and made photo books from them. So an 8-foot shelf of photo albums became a 5-inch stack of photo books.
That inspired me to attack our family photo albums, so I just finished a family history book in Shutterfly, with lots of text in addition to photos. It turned out great. They have bulk pricing with big discounts if you order 10 or more of the same book. And great customer service too. They had a system issue the day I tried to place my order, and I was afraid the books would not arrive in time for a family reunion, so they gave me free express shipping. The books were here a week later.
Thanks for all the tips!! I am about to begin the books for our recent RS trips - Portugal and Basque Country. We really enjoy reviewing photo books of our previous trips and loan them to friends contemplating a destination from our past travels.
I'm on board with shutterfly as well, have several books from them
Artifact Uprising...incredible quality paper, beautiful books. I love that company.