I’ve been a long-time user of Shutterfly for all my online photo printing needs. So, I was a little hesitant when Kodak asked me to check out their own online printing site, Kodak Gallery, to see how it compares.
When they offered to let me create a Photo Book, I figured it was a good time to step out of my Shutterfly comfort zone.
Good thing I did, because the process of making the book was as simple and straightforward as those I’ve made on the other site. Maybe even a little more.
And the finished product is impressive.
Let me back up to my first impression of the Kodak Gallery site.
The layout is clean and easy to navigate, with the most popular products front and center. The variety of items offered matches just about every other photo site I’ve seen.
So, you can get your holiday cards, mugs, framed prints, or whatever your heart desires. Kodak Gallery makes it easy.
The sticking point for any of these types of sites, however, has always been the ability to easily upload my photos. Kodak’s uploader was fast, so no worries. Once your photos are transferred over, you can get started on a project immediately.
My Kodak Gallery Photo Book
My book would feature pictures from my recent trip to London, England, and I wanted to find just the right design to fit that theme. Kodak offers up dozens of page layout and cover options.
I went with the Martha Stewart Fern design, which features stylish, but subtle, patterns and borders on the inside pages. For the outside cover, the dark brown leather-like Adventurer seemed to fit the theme of my photo collection.
With layouts featuring up to six photos per page, I agonized for a long while over which images would fit where, and in what size. Some pictures just scream for full-page, while others look better in a group. This is the part of the process where you’ll spend most of your time and creativity.
So, what about that finished product I mentioned before? I only cared about two things: the print quality and the binding. Both, I can assure you, are as good as I’ve seen in a photo book.
Kodak made the images from my little point-and-shoot camera (a Canon S90) look like they came from a high-end DSLR. Even those which were cropped quite close have no noticeable pixelation or fuzziness.
My Kodak Gallery Photo Book
Oh, there’s one other thing I care about. The price. My 20-page book, at 9″ x 10.25″, with printed hardcover, was $34.99. You can add additional pages at 99 cents each.
Now I know you’re itching to get over there to start making your very own photo book. But how’d you like to do it for free?
Kodak has kindly provided a free photo book to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me you want to win. Sorry, US residents only.
I’ll pick a winner at the end of the week, so you have enough time to build your photo book before Christmas (because these things make great gifts).