PROS / If you live near a Walgreens store, you can pick up your photo book the same day you create it.
CONS / The quality of the photo book lags behind its competitors.
VERDICT / While the photo book's cover and pages are somewhat flimsy, Walgreens' speedy services and easy-to-use photo editor make for an overall enjoyable experience.
With thousands of Walgreens locations across the U.S., most people can create and pick up a photo book conveniently on the same day. This photo book service offers a wide selection of sizes, covers, templates, layouts and embellishments.
Walgreens has 10 different cover sizes to choose from. This exceeds many competing custom photo book printing services and includes the popular 5 x 7-inch, 8 x 8-inch, 8.5 x 11-inch, 12 x 12-inch and 11 x 14-inch options. You can choose from six different covers, including hardbound, softbound, die-cut window, linen, silk and a dust jacket.
Walgreens focuses on making the experience as simple as possible for you. With over 150 predesigned layouts, you simply pick a theme for your photo book and begin inserting your photos. The template designs include those for weddings and vacations, and the service even has backgrounds without themes.
After you upload your photos, the online photo books editor asks to place all of your photos in the book automatically. If you want to create custom layouts and place your photos manually, you can opt out of the autofill function. If you upload any photos that have a low resolution, the online book editor warns you of possible poor print quality so you can either resize the image or replace it.
The photo book editor does not offer many tools to create your own designs. There is a feature that lets you add embellishments to your photo book pages, though, providing you with a variety of stickers and the option to add more. You can also add text to any of the pages.
Walgreens' photo books do not support user collaboration, so your family and friends can't contribute to the book. However, you can share your photos and your book online once it is completed. The photos are stored on Walgreens' site so that you can buy prints of the pictures as well. You can share your photo books on websites, Facebook or over email using an embedded code for your book.
In comparison to its competitors, the quality of the Walgreens' photo books lags behind. While this service leads in processing and printing books in the same day, the book we got back wasn't that great. The cover photo was blurry and the paper was a little thin when compared to other photo book makers. If you use low-quality images from your phone or camera, they appear blurry and pixelated in the book.
The company offers support in several different forms. It includes a technical support phone number and email on its help page, as well as the option to chat live with a representative. Additionally, it has a FAQs section where you can search for solutions to common problems.
While the quality of its photo books is just OK, Walgreens offers a quick service that gets your photo book to you the day you make it. The ability to pick it up in store reduces the cost of shipping and significantly cuts down the wait time. Walgreens Photo is the best photo book site to use to make a quick and simple custom photo book, though other services have better production quality.