Storing photos on your phone might make it easy to pull them up whenever you want, but it’s not the greatest way to permanently archive and showcase your memories. An easy way to make them more tangible is by making a photo book out of them—here are six awesome websites that make it simple to turn your photos into cool books.
A leader in the photo printing business, Shutterfly offers a wide variety of options for people looking to have a book with their own photos at a reasonable cost—simple photo books start at around $15.
In addition to having the option of customizing your own photo book in its entirety, from layouts and backgrounds to captions and embellishments, you can also have one of the company’s designers curate your album and create the book for you—you’re free to change some details if you don’t like it. You can also create and purchase flush mount albums and yearbooks, which can get to your door within a week from ordering.
Another company offering high-quality photo books is Zno. Whether you’re looking to create your own model portfolio, lay-flat photo book, or your wedding album, you can do it all with intuitive online software that can help put your ideas on the screen with ease.
Its flush-mount albums are fully customizable and come at a reasonable price—they start at $35 but are much higher quality than the entry-level options offered at cheaper prices elsewhere. There are plenty of options for the cover material, the paper finish, the page thickness, the debossing, and even the gilding. The printing costs at Zno are higher (and rise quickly as you build a large book with premium options), but if you’re looking for a gorgeous heirloom quality photobook, it’s worth it.
Printique (formerly AdoramaPix)
If quality is a priority, Printique can deliver. It offers fully editable templates and layouts, plenty of backgrounds and clip art, and the option to add as much text as you like. The software is fully functional and flexible, and it’s easy to work with, too.
There’s also a tool for professional photographers that gives them full creative control over their designs. Although this service sits on the higher end of the pricing spectrum—books start from around $20 for a small softcover book and around $38 for a hardcover one— the quality and finish of the photo books are rather impressive, and they can certainly justify the steep price tag.
With over 300 templates to choose from and multiple book cover and paper options, Mixbook can satisfy anyone’s creative needs. Its easy-to-use software and video tutorials to learn how to use it and design your own book make the whole experience entertaining and appealing to the whole family.
You can create custom photo calendars, canvas or metal prints, and a wide range of cards, such as wedding invitations or sympathy cards. Like Shutterfly, the basic books start at around $15, but premium options like their lovely luster paper and lay-flat design, seen above, will set you back a bit more.
If you’re looking for more photo book style options, check out Pinhole Press. With timeless designs and fresh typography, they offer designs appealing to anyone, no matter their age. You can choose to create your own brag book to immortalize memories from a special moment or loved one, or design a custom board book or story board book for your children to enjoy and cherish for years to come.
Although there are some bargains in the $15-20 range as far as smaller, softcover books go, expect to pay a bit more for their premium offerings. Speaking of premium offerings, if you’re looking for a perfect gift for a doting grandparent, it’s tough to beat their absolutely adorable brag books, seen above.
Choose the photo book size, select your favorite design, and customize it with one of the dozens of themes, layouts, and backgrounds, and you’ve got your book. Snapfish has a user-friendly website, offers video tutorials and how-to articles to make the most of the software, and has an editor to guide you through every step of the creative process.
For those times when you’re away from your computer and only have your phone on you, you can also download the Snapfish app to design your photo book with fingertips. The print quality is not exactly the best on the market, but you get to work on your creations with plenty of tools and customization options for an affordable price.