I’ve finally received my Photobook and it looks marvellous. The colours are very accurate (Very close to what is being seen on my monitor), the paper quality is excellent and on top of that the workmanship is top-notch. The turnaround time was quick as the book arrived at my doorstep in 7 working days.
For my first attempt, I got a good deal for the Imagewrap Small Square (8″ x 8″) book (60 pages). Despite being a promotional deal, it still costs around RM130 including shipping and paper upgrade to 216gsm Premium Silk). Not cheap but you get what you paid for.
Note: While the software provided by Photobook is sufficient for most use, you might want to use an external publishing program for more creative freedom. I did the design with an external software before exporting into JPG and importing into Photobook’s provided software. It turned out fine.
Prior to ordering, I surfed around the net to see if anybody had any problems with Photobook. Turns out that there were 2 main complaints:
1) Photos look darker in print
When editing photos in the computer, make sure the photos are bright enough. On top of that, ensure that your monitor is calibrated so that your monitor’s brightness setting isn’t compensating for the lack of brightness in the photo. FYI, my monitor isn’t calibrated but prior to editing, I turned down the brightness and contrast of my monitor. I had to guesstimate but thankfully it turned out okay.
Also, it’s possible that you’re not viewing your photobook under proper lighting. Make sure you put it under a proper reading light for best effect.
2) The uploading process takes a long time
Photobook offers good deals from time to time and these deals come with an expiry date. Naturally when it’s close to the expiry date, there will be a surge of customer uploads and thus upload speeds will be affected. Avoid uploading your files last minute. When I uploaded it 2 Saturdays ago, the whole process took less than 20 minutes despite having large files.