Pros / You can create a photo book online or at the store and print it immediately after you are done.
Cons / You cannot customize your book as much as other services.
Verdict / Walmart has fewer options for backgrounds, predesigned books and other design elements than competitors. The book we created was mediocre but in-store pickup is convenient when you’re in a hurry.
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 online editing interface limits your ability to be creative.
Walmart Photo offers one of the cheapest photo books on the market. You can order an 8 x 8 hardcover photo book for $23.96. Walmart Photo does not charge for standard shipping but you might spend a couple dollars on tax. The price for additional pages depends on the size of book you order. For an 8 x 8 photo book, the price can range between $1.42 and $2.49 for a pair of pages. This is a lot more expensive than average.
The book we made with Walmart Photo wasn’t the best. When placing photos in the online editor, we couldn’t make the cover image fit within the window. This resulted in the image appearing too zoomed in and extremely pixelated. Some members of the family didn’t even make it on the cover.
Many of the images inside the book are pixelated as well. 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 very thin when compared to some competitors' books. There is no flyleaf. The one good thing about Walmart Photo, aside from the same day pickup, is that it doesn’t print its logo anywhere on or inside the book.
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 aren’t adjustable. You can’t even add embellishments to the photos, which makes it hard to get creative with your project. You are stuck with the limited designs and layout templates provided.
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.
Select sizes and cover options are available for same day pickup. If you’re in a real time crunch, you can even order one-hour pickup. 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. If you’re willing to pay more, 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 five sizes – 5 x 7, 8 x 8, 8 x 10, 8 x 11 and 12 x 12 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. The window cover books are only available with one-hour express pickup.
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.
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. If you don’t need a photo book in a hurry, we highly recommend using a top-tier service like Mixbook or Shutterfly for the best results.
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