PROS / The online editor offers enough features and tools to create a photo book that fits your style.
CONS / The number of book sizes is limited.
VERDICT / Using Mixbook, you can create quality photo books that are unique in style and design.
Editor's note: Mixbook has updated its service. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer has informed us that the current number of backgrounds offered by Mixbook is 4,926 and that the number of predesigned books is 276. We will evaluate, rank and review the most recent version when we next update the Photo Book reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Mixbook.
Mixbook is a leader in customizing and printing all kinds of keepsakes, including personalized photo books. This publishing service offers a wide variety of photo book options and templates to help you create a book for any occasion. Its features, usability and quality earn it our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Quality & Services
What makes Mixbook one of the best photo book providers is its wide selection of features. The online photo book editor offers fully assembled layouts from which you can choose. The AutoMix tool automatically arranges all of your pictures in the book. This option is perfect if you want to shuffle pictures around or insert them quickly.
You can choose from just over 200 templates for your photo book. Many of them are themed, so you can create a book to commemorate a special occasion or trip. There are also generic templates you can use as backgrounds if you don’t want your photo book to have a specific theme.
The online editor gives you access to editing tools and eliminates the need to use photo-editing software. Like mobile or online photo editors, you can manipulate the images by adjusting the brightness, contrast or saturation with the dial controls. You can add effects to the pictures using the drop-down menu. For example, you can change the shadow, hue, blur, distance, angle or opacity of an image.
The online photo book editor works well for designers of any experience level. If you are a beginner, the AutoMix tool is helpful. If you are more experienced with design, you can place templates, layouts and photos yourself. Regardless of which route you take, you can edit the images using the provided tools to make each page look exactly the way you want.
This is one of the only online photo book services to allow collaboration on projects. If you want several people to contribute to one project, you can simply add them as a contributor. All contributors have access to add photos, decorate pages and edit the project without needing your password. You also can share your photo book projects on Facebook or publish them on a blog or website.
Mixbook guarantees high quality in all of its products. The company offers a money-back guarantee on its custom photo books. The books are sturdy and look professional with sharp, clear images on every page. Mixbook uploads your photos in their original resolution and warns you if the quality is not good enough for print. You can either replace the photos or shrink them so that every page is filled with vivid images. The processing time before shipping averages around one to three days, so plan if you need your book by a certain date.
Mixbook offers seven different sizing options for custom photo books, ranging from a small 8 x 6-inch pocket photo book to a large coffee table photo book measuring 11 x 14 inches. However, there are only two different sizes of square books, and in comparison to other photo book providers, Mixbook’s sizing options are limited.
The publisher provides five different cover options, including genuine leather, hard cover and soft cover. You can also use a photo to make a dust jacket or wrap around a hardcover. The cover options are sparse, as most online photo book publishers offer other cover options, such as linen or silk.
Mixbook has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate whether you are computer savvy or not. When you start the service, a guided tour shows you how to use Mixbook by highlighting the important features and tools you need to know about. While you use the photo book editor, you are shown where to drag photos and insert text on each of the pages. There is also a help button embedded in the editor so that you can seek help at any time during the creation process or get more information about a specific feature. The buttons are labeled clearly, so even the most inexperienced designer can make a polished photo book.
Support & Shipping
The company’s website also offers technical support. There is a live chat feature and an email address to contact support representatives, as well as a FAQs section and user forum. Mixbook does not provide a telephone number for support over the phone.
You can select expedited shipping; however, with processing times, your photo book still takes almost a week to get to you. The books can also be sent by ground or budget mail, which is cost-effective but slower. Mixbook offers international shipping.
With its variety features and ease of use, Mixbook is one of the best photo book publishers available. The online photo book editor is simple enough that anyone can use it but has enough features to appeal to advanced photo book designers as well. Likewise, the books are well built and protect the images inside for years to come. While the cover options are limited, there is enough variety in templates and features that you can make a one-of-a-kind book for any occasion.