Pros / MyCanvas offers two different types of leather covers.
Cons / The service only offers three book sizes.
Verdict / MyCanvas falls short in sizing options but shines in print quality.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Photo Books here.
MyCanvas offers heirloom-quality photo books about genealogy using information from Ancestry.com, but it can also help you make more traditional photo albums. The page design tools with this online photo books source are good for customization and creative control, but the size selection is narrow and the cover options are few.
The book we created using MyCanvas was quite good. The cover was made of very sturdy materials that will protect your memories for years. The paper quality was a little less impressive when compared with other books, though it was still good. The print quality and photo reproduction on the MyCanvas book was excellent.
The MyCanvas interface is easy to use. It has an intuitive photo book editor that makes navigation easy. The online editor labels all of the design tools and marks which pictures you have already used. It also shows a large representation of the page you are editing with smaller displays of the other pages in your book. This helps immensely when you want your photos to match a theme and look uniform.
MyCanvas templates are categorized by general themes, and within each theme is a selection of specific layouts. For example, within the wedding category there are Orchids & Lilies and Modern Wedding layouts. The best photo book sites offer thousands of embellishments, backgrounds and frames that you can add to your photo book. MyCanvas has a modest collection of styles and extras, but it pales in comparison to other services with thousands of available backgrounds.
This custom photo book creator only offers three different sizing options: 14 x 11, 11 x 8.5 and 8 x 8. These are standard sizes that will work well for lots of projects, but other online photo book makers had more size choices. MyCanvas offers few cover choices too but it has two options if you like a formal, leather look – a nubuck-like look or bonded leather.
The company takes five days to process and ship a photo book. It offers several different shipping methods to help you get the photo book in a timely manner. For technical and customer support, MyCanvas has a FAQs page, as well as email and telephone contact information for its support team.
MyCanvas lacks the wide selection of backgrounds and embellishments we value with the best photo book companies, and the options for book size and cover styles are limited. The site was very easy to use, though, and the book we got from this company was quite good overall.