Please note, if you’re looking for a review of BrideBox’s flush mount, you’re in the right place. BrideBox and MyPhotoCreations are “sister companies” and therefore the products are the same, as is the software you would use to create it.
The folks at MyPhotoCreations contacted me to see if I’d like to check out their newly launched consumer site, that just went live about a month ago. After taking a look at the unique lineup of flush mount albums and photo books on their site, I was definitely interested in checking them out. Although it may be a new name in photo book printing, the company behind it isn’t. MyPhotoCreations is brought to you by the same folks behind DigiLabs, a name familiar to professional photographers since 1997. MyPhotoCreations represents the recognition of a growing consumer market for high quality photo albums and books.
Since I’d never tried a flush mount album before, I was very much interested in trying out the Anza to see how it compared to the other lay flat photo books I’d tried before.
Here’s the specs:
|Book size:||8 x 8 (width x height)|
|Cover:||Hardcover – Black Leather|
|Pages:||20 (double-sided), Kodak E-Surface Photo Paper|
|Binding:||Lay Flat Flush Mount Album|
|Price:||$249.99 + $6.99 (standard shipping)Total: $256.98Provided complimentary by company
|Ordered/Received:||Nov 16 / Nov 19 (order expedited)|
MyPhotoCreations software is both Mac and PC compatible and is downloaded to your desktop. What’s interesting about the book design program is you can opt to buy the software in order to print your creations from your own home printer for $39.99. There is also an option to buy the software ($399.99) for commercial use, so that may be of particular interest to pro photographers.
Another interesting feature is that the software is available in several languages.
Unsurprisingly, I have been running out of internal hard drive space, so I liked that I was able to download and run the software from my external hard drive without a problem.
I just entered MyPhotoCreations into my searchable database. This addition makes for 29 companies! Here’s a screenshot of the software specs:
- Working on your book is a quick start – you don’t need to wait for a lengthy upload to begin designing;
- You have the option of using the Photo Album Wizard to quickly design a book;
- The “fit to page” and “fit to spread” functions allow you to instantly place a full bleed photo either onto an individual page or both across pages (the spread);
- I’m often wary of using photo correction or editing tools within photo book programs, but I used the “Perfectly Clear” tool on a few of my photos that looked like they needed a boost and my photos printed out nicely;
- You can multi-select the photo boxes and make changes to all the items at once which is a time-saver;
- There are several one-click alignment tools that can be accessed by the pull down menu at the top and also by right-clicking on the photos;
- You can save your layouts as templates to the “Page Layouts” tab at the bottom right of the workspace to reuse again;
- You can easily swap out book styles without having to recreate the book. (Go to “Edit” pull down menu and select, “Change Book”);
- The coordinates, measurements and resolution of the individual photo boxes and elements are instantly visible at the bottom of the workspace when you hover over each element. I don’t think I’ve ever seen design software which tells you the resolution of your photos and in such a convenient way. According to the company, you can probably get away with as low as 150dpi, and somewhere between that and 300dpi is better. For more on dpi and resolution check out my post.
The software was very easy to use and I finished my Anza relatively quickly in one evening!
- Although all of my computer’s fonts showed up for selection, I couldn’t get all of the fonts to work when I tried captioning;
- The only option to cross over the spread is to use the “Fit to Spread” function which only allows you to place the photo fully across both pages of the spread. You can’t create smaller photo boxes that cross over the page – not a huge deal, but it would be nice to have more flexibility;
- It doesn’t appear that you can add any title to the Anza books. The cover layout was locked so I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss the option.
PRINT QUALITY AND CONSTRUCTION
Here’s a screenshot of the Anza book specs. All of MyPhotoCreations’ photo books are in my searchable database as well.
I found the book very well constructed – it feels very luxe and sleek.
PHOTOBOOKGIRL’S TIP FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS: I like to incorporate other elements besides my photos in my photobooks. You may have seen me scan my ticket stubs, maps, postcards etc. to add a scrapbook style element into my photo books. A perfect example of that here is the image of the front and back of my wedding invitation. This does a perfect job of “captioning” my book – it gives all the particulars of our big day all in a neat package! Try it!
The Anza is a beautiful book. The print quality is excellent and the images are crisp, vibrant and have depth. The software was very easy to use and it was a quick start to begin designing my pages. In terms of cost, it’s definitely an expensive book, but it is a high end album and you can’t really compare a flush mount album with a standard photo book. I actually think paying $50.00 more for the larger 10×10 would be worth it to get more of an impact. You may already know how I love getting a deal (who doesn’t?) so if you’re planning on making an album with MyPhotoCreations – I have a great special coupon code for Photobookgirl readers!
30% 20% off all MyPhotoCreations albums – (the Anza or the Marina)!
The 8×8 Anza like mine is normally $249.99 but with the 30% off is $175.00. The 10×10 normally $299.99 at 30% off is $210.00. At that price, I say go for the 10×10!
Hmm…so am I completely done making wedding photo books yet? I can’t promise! But we may be due for a wedding book comparison post very soon!
Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to enter the MyPhotoCreations Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Second Print Productions
(UPDATE: 9/11/2012 – I am currently an affiliate of MyPhotoCreations which means if you buy a book from MyPhotoCreations via the promo codes listed at the top, I will receive a commission. As always however, my opinions remain my own and I give my honest review regardless of affiliation.)