ArtsCow Review

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ArtsCow is a digital photo and photo product printing company based in Hong Kong, China, in operation since 2004. In addition to printing photo books, ArtsCow features hundreds of personalized photo products such as purses, playing cards, dog tags, mousepads and computer cases just to name a few. I just recently came across ArtsCow and ordered my first photobooks from them a few weeks ago after signing up for a free membership.

When you sign up to be a member, you’ll instantly receive free credits for photo books and a number of other products from your digital photos. ArtsCow is really big on providing lots of these promotional codes and I really wish I had more time in the day to create these products so I could take full advantage of their offers! An interesting feature is the ability to transfer and/or sell credits from one member to another. The credits carry an expiration date and that expiration date is retained during the transfer.

According to ArtsCow’s website, their photo books are now printed on their recently acquired 4-color $640,000.00 Xerox iGen4 Digital Press machine. Now I can’t say that I know much about the technology behind commercial printing, but I can say that the print quality of the (standard) books I received came out very good - though the covers came out considerably darker than my original photos. UPDATE: 12/20/11 - ArtsCow recently released a Deluxe photo book line printed on real photo paper. The higher end books are mounted on thick cardstock pages and lie flat. See my ArtsCow Deluxe photo book review.

ArtsCow's online software is a little clunky to navigate, but still reasonably easy to use. It allows for full customization so you can create your own layouts. Downloading a free program called Microsoft Silverlight (both Mac and PC compatible) is required to use the program and to upload photos. Photos have to be uploaded to the site in order to use them, so you do have allow some time for the upload.

Check out my full review on ArtsCow’s photo book software as well as a review of ArtsCow photo books will be coming soon!

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ArtsCow Reviews from the Blog

Dec 20, 2011: Artscow Deluxe Photo Book Review - Baby Shower Photo Book
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Quick Specs for ArtsCowNew to photo books? Learn the lingo

Book TypeHardcover
Book ShapeLandscape, Square, Portrait
Types of CoversDie Cut, Full Photo Cover
Min/Max Pages20 - 100; 20 - 32 (Deluxe)
Paper157 gsm; 750 gsm Fuji Crystal Photo Paper (Deluxe)
BindingStitch-bound; Glued
Lay FlatYes
Fully Customizable LayoutsYes
Themes35+
Layouts/Templates120+ colors; Kits
Backgrounds100+
Image as BackgroundYes
Full Photo CoverYes
Customizable SpineYes - text and photo background
Full Photo Back CoverYes
Full Page BleedYes
Captions/Fonts100+
EmbellishmentsYes
Mac/PCBoth
Download or OnlineOnline
Special Photo ImportingNo
Share OnlineYes
Sell OnlineYes
CollaborationNo
LogoYes - not removable
Photo Editing in ProgramRotate, Size, Borders
Digital Scrapbooking CompatibleYes


ArtsCow Photo Books

Thinking about designing a photobook on ArtsCow? You can view a detailed chart of every ArtsCow photo book, including sizes and pricing. See the full list of ArtsCow photo books.



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