The whole concept of creating a photobook on your phone would have been mind boggling years ago in the age of mobile flip phones and cordless telephones at home. Now, with our iPhones and other mobile devices being more powerful than our desktop computers of the 80s, we’re almost accustomed to them doing practically anything.
This year I’ll be making more of an effort to print my photos, and having the convenience of doing so on something that’s with you at all times, makes it even easier to do.
Print Studio (Printstagram) by Social Print Studio
When I heard that Social Print Studio (formerly Prinstagram) had recently enabled full bleed printing on their photobooks, I decided to give it a try on my iPhone 6 Plus with the many photos that I’ve been taking this very cold winter season in Toronto.
Their app is free to download and gives you the ability to create beautiful prints, posters, framed prints, and photobooks all with just a few taps on your phone. I have to say, the hard part was choosing which photos to include in my first photobook order from my phone!
As a disclaimer, this review is based on a complimentary copy of my photobook. I didn’t have to do this blog post detailing every step of the process though; it’s just something that I wanted to do to let everybody know what is involved. Don’t let this fool you either—let the product speak for itself.
Read until the end for your chance to win yourself a free photobook courtesy of Social Print Studio.
The steps to ordering your photobook from Social Print Studio’s iPhone app is as easy as:
- Select Photobook from the main menu
- Select 38 photos to include in your 40-page book
- Crop and position photos to your liking
- Create your cover
- Order your photobook
A Few Notes
When you’ re selecting the 38 photos to include in your photobook, make sure you know the order in which you would like your photos within the photobook. Then select the photos in this sequence. You’re not given the option of changing the location of a photo after you’ve imported the photos into the app, except for the one Shuffle button which randomly shuffles the images throughout the book.
After you select your images, you’re given a preview of how each page will look. You can then change the position and/or cropping of the image on each page. Keep in mind though, that these photos will always snap to fit the max. width of the page, so you will not be able to have white borders around your page. For example, when I imported square photos, they stretched to fill the max. width, leaving white borders above and below—although strangely, in some instances, my square photos stretched to fill the entire height of the book too.
You are limited in terms of how you want your pages to be layed out, but that’s the sacrifice you’ll just have to accept for the sheer convenience of having the ability to order a custom-made book from your phone.
Each page only allows one photo in this app, however if you choose to order a book from your desktop computer, you’ll have the option of selecting either 38 photos or 319 photos for a book with multiple pictures on each page.
When choosing your cover, you have a few more choices for its layout, but are still limited to their templates. For the most part though, these templates should suite people’s tastes just fine; they’re modern, stylish, and fun. I would have loved the option to choose additional fonts or add more text to some lines though.
Apart from completing your purchase, that’s pretty much it. All of your photos are then uploaded to their servers—they suggest having a strong wifi signal for fastest uploads. My 39 photos took about 21min. to upload—most of my photos were high quality. Instagram photos should upload much faster.
The tag line on their app says “No Hassle Photo Printing,” and that’s pretty much what this is. At the expense of some creativity along the way, you’re given a simple-to-use, intuitive interface that creates a custom photobook for you.
Being a print designer myself, I love creating my own layouts. But even I have to admit that sometimes it’s quite liberating to have some automation along the way. This process was painless, and if a printed book of your own photos isn’t enough of a reason for you to order a photobook, maybe seeing that Instagram Kitten is! (I have no idea what this is all about, but it gave me a laugh that’s for sure!)
The photobook was ordered on Feb. 27, 2015, and came to my door (via FedEx) on March 4, 2015. Now that’s super quick!
The interior of the book looks just as great as the outside does.
The wraparound cover houses two spacers on either side of the book to accommodate the minimum thickness of the spine.
The pages feel smooth, thick, and have a glossy finish to them.
Careful not to edit your photos too much (that includes enlarging them!), otherwise it’ll show some signs of it on the print.
Social Print Studio: http://socialprintstudio.com
Print direct from iPhone or Android: http://printstud.io/app
Print your Instagrams: http://printstagr.am
Drag-and-drop your JPEGs: http://printstud.io
Phew! That was a long read! Go pat yourself on the back because you’ve just earned yourself a chance to win a free photobook from Social Print Studio! Yay!
Just leave a comment on this blog telling me what photos you would like to print for your book, and I will hold a random draw on March 24, 2015 for the winner. But remember, you have to leave a comment below, and a way for me to contact you, should you be picked!