Nations Photo Lab Photo Cards Review

Nations Photo Lab is a good option if you want to purchase decent photo cards on a budget. The paper quality isn't the fanciest, but the print quality is good.

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

Nations Photo Lab offers decent photo cards at a reasonable price, but it doesn't cover as many occasions or holidays as other services.


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    The card designs are stylish and modern.


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    Some designs have predetermined paper choices, limiting your options.

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Nations Photo Lab is a good option if you want to purchase decent photo cards on a budget. The paper quality isn't the fanciest, but the print quality is good. This service doesn't cover as many holidays or occasions as some of the other services we tested, but the designs it does have are modern and aesthetically pleasing. Be aware, though, that the company doesn’t provide extra services such as addressing envelopes or mailing cards for you. 

For $35, you can get 25 of Nations Photo Lab’s least expensive cards, which makes this service one of the least expensive in our comparison. The minimum number of cards you can order in a pack is 25, and the maximum is 100. The company charged us for shipping but not tax. The price of shipping depends on how close you are to a Nations Photo Lab printer.

We ordered a pack of 25 semi-gloss cards and a pack of 25 pearl cards. Our testers noted that both types of cards were printed on relatively flimsy paper, but the print quality was fairly good. The design we chose was double-sided and allowed us to include a small message and additional images on the back. Overall, our testers really liked the cards from this service.

We found the website easy to navigate, and the interface makes it simple to create cards. Nations Photo Lab doesn't offer designs for every holiday; there are only cards for New Year's, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. However, the options the service does have are pleasant and worth purchasing. If you’re looking for a service that covers more holidays, consider Snapfish or Zazzle.

You can search for Nations' designs by the number of photos you want, the popularity of the design or the name of the design. These search options can help you find the cards you want, but we wish there were more ways to narrow your search.

Nations offers six paper options: semi-gloss, premium matte, linen, felt, bamboo and pearl. However, each card design has specific paper options assigned to it. For example, foil cards are available only in matte. This service lacks some items, like customizable postage stamps and lined envelopes. Additionally, you must be willing to mail your cards yourself because Nations doesn't offer this option; nor does it print addresses on your envelopes. You can order paper proofs from Nations Photo Lab before purchasing an entire pack of cards.

Aside from the sample photo card, the minimum number of cards you can order is 25. Our cards arrived five days after we placed our order, which is average.

Nations Photo Lab is one of the only printing services that don't offer a money-back guarantee, so you'll want to make sure your card is exactly how you want it before making a purchase. This service offers a range of help features, including a FAQs page and phone, chat and email support. Our experiences with Nations’ customer service proved it to be quick, friendly and helpful.

Nations Photo Lab doesn’t offer as many options as some other photo card companies, but the photo cards we ordered printed nicely, and we had six paper types to choose from. Because there is no mailing service, however, Nations Photo Lab is best suited for people who want attractive photo cards at a reasonable price.

Rebecca Spear

Rebecca is a writer who has covered everything from photo books to graphic design and small kitchen appliances for Top Ten Reviews. Now a gaming writer for Future Labs, she's also contributed to big publications like TechRadar, Windows Central, Android Central, Reuters Legal Solutions Blog, iMore, and more. She no longer works for TTR.