PROS / This online printer produced the highest-quality products in our review. Colors were vibrant, and the paper quality was excellent.
CONS / The templates are very basic and leave much to be desired.
VERDICT / If quality is your aim, EliteFlyers fits the bill. If you need a service that's user friendly, look elsewhere.
EliteFlyers produced the highest-quality products in our review of the best online printing services. It can help you create and customize a wide selection of products, from business cards to flyers, stickers, calendars, brochures, and much more. However, it is missing certain tools, like in-browser templates, that kept it from claiming top place.
This online print shop has 24 product categories to choose from. And while you can find many items, other services in our review have as many as 95 categories. You can design and print common products like the ones listed above, plus you can order novelty items like bookmarks, wristbands, magnets and T-shirts.
One of the most important tools of any online print shop, especially for a novice user, is a design tool that you use directly in your web browser. EliteFlyers' design platform helps you build your product from the ground up. If you’ve ever used a basic graphic design program or even a word processor, you should have no problems using it. Another nice feature of their design platform is that you can import images from photo-sharing sites like Picasa and Flickr to use in your designs.
Unfortunately, most of EliteFlyers' other services aren't as usable as the designer. The primary issue revolves around templates: The service says it has a selection of these templates, but when you click on one, there's nothing there. This includes the design tool itself, which includes a tab marked Templates. Again, when we clicked on this link, there were no templates available for any product we tried to design.
So, there aren't any in-browser templates you can use to base your designs on. If you need a template, this online printer offers downloadable templates you can use in different graphic design programs. The only place we could find them was through the Templates link in the footer of the website. However, these are only the most basic of templates: They don't give you much guidance on how to make a good-looking product.
If you're not good at designing things yourself but still want a professionally designed product, EliteFlyers offers in-house design services. You can consult with a professional graphic designer. Depending on the project and your parameters, this can be expensive, but it may be the best choice for a polished, professional document or promotional item.
EliteFlyers offers most of the finishing options we look for in this category. You can choose between a matte or gloss finish for your paper-based products. You can add lamination or Aqueous coating to your items. The service does offer hole-drilling, so you can fit your products into a binder. But this option is only available by special request if you order a custom job.
For our review, we ordered identical products from all of the online printers on our lineup. A team of reviewers then rated and ranked these products according to the quality of the print job and the paper that was used. Based on user feedback, EliteFlyers produced the highest-quality products of the printers we evaluated. Colors were crisp and clear, and the paper quality was excellent.
Despite what it lacks – in-browser templates – EliteFlyers is an online printing service worth checking out. The designer tools work well enough, and the quality of the finished product is as good as or better than any other service we reviewed. We would like to see better template options – the ones they currently have are less than helpful for the novice user.