Pros / You can create a photo book online or at the store and print it immediately after you are done.
Cons / The quantity and quality of the templates was disappointing.
Verdict / Walmart has fewer options for backgrounds, predesigned books and other design elements than competitors, but the book we created was decent quality and in-store pickup is convenient.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make a photo book, Walmart Photo is the best photo book site to use. In-store pickup is terribly convenient and the book quality is decent. The design process is less impressive with this site, though. There are not many templates to choose from and the editor limits your ability to be creative.
Walmart’s online photo book maker offers a selection of 46 predesigned templates and layouts, which limits the design of your photo book, especially when compared to the best photo book services. After you pick the template, you can upload your photos and place them in the photo book yourself, or you can have the editor place the photos automatically. While there are not many templates to choose from, they range in theme to fit most occasions.
Even though the templates make it quick and easy to create a photo book, they limit your creative design ability. Layouts, templates, pictures and text are all adjustable, but you can’t add embellishments to the photos, which makes it hard to get creative with your project.
In order to maintain quality, the online photo book editor alerts you about any low-resolution photos. If there are any low-quality photos, the book editor gives you the option to remove the images from the photo book or resize them. This ensures that your photos are crisp and clear. If you use low-quality images, they will be blurry in the printed photo book.
The book we made with Walmart Photo was pretty good, though there were some photos that looked a little pixilated. In a blind scoring panel, our testers gave this photo book the lowest print quality score of all the books we ordered. The binding and cover were relatively sturdy, though the pages felt a little thin when compared to some competitors' books.
While Walmart Photo provides one of the quickest ways to print a custom photo book, if you don’t want to print it immediately at a store, you also can have it printed and shipped to your home. If you choose this route, the standard production time averages around two to three days. You can choose from overnight, two-day and standard shipping methods, so you can get your book quickly or economically.
Walmart Photo offers many different book sizes and cover options. There are seven sizes – 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 8, 8 x 10, 8.5 x 11, 12 x 12 and 11 x 14 inches – as well as mini photo books and flip books. Each book size has different cover options, so the size you order determines what kind of cover options are available. There are seven different covers: soft cover, hard cover, leather, linen, paper, lay-flat and premium lay-flat. You can also choose to have a window cover on linen, leather or paperback materials.
Walmart’s support options are limited. There is no telephone number on its site; however, there is a live chat option. The site also lists a technical support email and features a FAQs section with common problems and solutions.
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Walmart Photo is one of the few services that allows you to create a custom photo book online or in the store and have it printed within the hour. This is especially useful if you find yourself shopping at Walmart often. The online design interface doesn't give you a lot of creative flexibility and the design options are limited. While it was still decent, the print quality of this photo book was the worst of any we ordered, and the paper quality was pretty flimsy, but the binding was sturdy.