Pros / If you live near a Walgreens store, you can pick up your photo book the same day you design 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.
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 at a store reduces the cost of shipping and significantly cuts down the wait time. Walgreens Photo is one of the best photo book sites to use to make a quick and simple custom photo book, though other services have better production quality.
Ordering an 8 x 8 photo book from Walgreens Photo will cost you only $19.99 before shipping and taxes factor in. Expect standard shipping and tax to add roughly $10 more to your order. Additional pages must be purchased in pairs and cost $1.99, which is a good price. If you’re ordering for pickup, the only photo book size available is 8.5 x 11 and it costs $24.99 to $29.99 depending on the cover option you choose. Obviously, ordering same day pickup will save delivery costs but you should still expect a tax charge.
Our experts immediately noticed the cover photo was a bit dark and over saturated compared to better quality books. Upon opening it, the flimsy quality of this book’s paper came to their attention. You’ll have to be more careful as the pages are easier to rip than some others. This might make it a bad idea for a children’s gift. There is no flyleaf, so the images won’t be as protected as some other books. The print quality on the pages wasn’t too bad, though there were definitely some grainy areas. Overall, if you’re wanting to get an inexpensive photo book, this isn’t a bad way to go. If you’re wanting to save even more money on your photo book, we suggest printing it through Amazon Prints.
Walgreens has eight different cover sizes to choose from. This exceeds many competing custom photo book printing services and includes the popular 5 x 7, 8 x 8, 8.5 x 11, 12 x 12 and 11 x 14-inch options. You can choose from six different covers, including hardbound, softbound, die-cut window, lay-flat, leather and fabric.
Walgreens focuses on making the experience as simple as possible for you. With over 150 predesigned layouts, you can 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 book 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. he online book editor warns you of possible poor print quality so you can either resize or replace low resolution images.
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. It also allows you to freely resize your image boxes to be any size you want, a feature that Walmart Photo does not offer.
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 online via Facebook, email or embedded code. The photos are stored on Walgreens' site so that you can buy prints of the pictures as well.
The company offers support in several 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.
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. If you place price and convenience above production quality, this isn’t a bad service to use.
- Price for 20-Page 8 x 8 Hardcover
- Print Quality
- Book Quality
- Ease of Use