Presto Photo Book Review: I did it, I made one of THOSE books!

by on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The world of Presto Photo opens up a world of printing possibilities. (Gotta love that alliteration.) When I visited the website, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they don’t just print books (of which you can customize in tons of ways – with captions, collage styles, etc) but cards, loose photos, whatever. What this meant for me was that I could create a great book for my Grandma down in Florida, and also print out a couple of my favorite photos (large, glossy) for myself to display at home.

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Baby Steps

I’d never created anything like this. Even though I’m down with technology, this is just something I’d never done! So, it was a little intimidating. What I figured out was that I did need to do two things on my own: 1.) pick my own layout, 2.) retouch each of my photos myself. I wish there had been an auto re-touch option, instead of having me going to a third party site to do all of that first. It was a lot of work. All in all, making this book probably took me three hours. Is that long for the first time?

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I went for a simple layout, mostly one-photo-per-page. This is partially because I’m lazy and it was easiest, but mostly because I was creating this book for my Grandmother and she doesn’t have amazing eyesight. Something else I had to take into consideration was the alignment of the photos (vertical shots are tough) and do the math to decide which layout pages I should include.

Perks of Use

Now that I’ve used their system, I could now whip up a book like this in an hour or less. And I really love the options of printing out cards, stuff for art portfolios, etc.

Customer Service

They are SUPER fast, and efficient. I e-mailed them several times through the process for clarification.

The Product

Bubble-wrapped and with strong cardboard backing the materials, the photo book arrived perfectly in a thin cardboard box. My loose photos arrived separately in a sturdy cardboard envelope, and there was no bending at all. Relief!

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