PROS / Snapfish provides step-by-step instructions on how to design a photo book.
CONS / The processing times are longer with this site.
VERDICT / The print quality was not perfect, but the variety of premade templates and easy-to-use photo editor make Snapfish a great way to make a quick custom photo book.
Snapfish makes creating custom photo books enjoyable and easy. The online photo book maker has a user-friendly interface, and there are many predesigned and themed templates to choose from. While the photo book we got back from this company was not perfect, it was pretty good, and the wide selection of backgrounds and cover options makes Snapfish fun to use.
This service includes over 120 different themed templates and a huge selection of backgrounds. You can choose from simple solid color backgrounds or use detailed templates with defined themes. In comparison to other photo book publishers, Snapfish offers a lot of specific and unique high-quality templates. The book editor guides you through each step of the design process and helps you assemble a photo book quickly.
The quality of the photo book we got from Snapfish is superior to many other services but still not quite the best photo book printing we saw. A few of the images were grainy and the cover image printed dark. The page thickness and sturdy cover was nice, though, and its default glossy finish offered a polished look.
While the photo book editor allows you to create a photo book easily and quickly, the processing time is slightly longer than with other services. You should allow four to eight days for processing and then additional days for shipping.
Snapfish offers five different sizes of custom photo books in landscape and square formats. They come in the standard sizes of 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 8 inches, 8 x 11 inches, 12 x 12 inches and 11 x 14 inches. The size you choose affects the type of cover you can select. Not all cover types are available for all sizes, but you can choose from hardcover, premium lay-flat, linen hardcover, leather and softcover.
Snapfish allows you to customize the way your photo book is bound. Like the covers, not every binding type is available for every size. You can select binding with heavier paper, stitching format, hinged flat binding and seamless lay-flat formats.
The online photo book editor is very intuitive. You can finish a photo book on Snapfish in five steps. You upload your photos from your hard drive, select book details like size and cover, and then you can theme, personalize and review your creation.
Themes include options like weddings, school and travel. You can see the backgrounds in the page order of the template, but you cannot change or adjust them. As you move through the steps, Snapfish guides you through the process of assembling a photo book. The design tools are labeled clearly, and you can retrace your steps with minimal effort if you change your mind. To add any of the design elements, you simply drag and drop, or you can use the autofill tool, which places all of your images for you.
Snapfish offers a variety of ways to receive technical support. There is a large FAQs section and a user forum that offers solutions to most problems. On the website, you'll also find a link to chat with representatives. However, there is no email address or phone number listed.
If you need your photo book quickly, the company offers overnight and two-day delivery. Keep in mind that it takes several days to get your photo book even with expedited shipping because of the processing time before it is ready to ship.
Snapfish serves as a good option for making photo books with minimal effort. Processing times are a little long and print quality is good but not great, but the number of templates and layouts is impressive. This site is easy and fun to use, even for beginners.