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TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Backed by Ancestry.com, MyCanvas is known for its "heirloom-quality" photo books. The photo book publisher lives up to this claim, delivering excellent quality and stunning layout and themes that truly look professional. MyCanvas only offers a handful of sizing options, but the company earns our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for its impeccable book quality and elegant designs.

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Features
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MyCanvas has a flexible layout editor that offers endless design possibilities for your custom photo book. You can choose from a wide range of polished templates or create your own. Regardless of which option you select, you can adjust pictures, text, colors and layouts any way you want. Thus, MyCanvas is a great option if you want complete control and personalization in the book-designing process.

The pre-designed layouts MyCanvas offers are extremely attractive and are organized by general themes (think wedding, travel or seasonal). Within these themes, the publisher offers specific layouts, such as Tropical Travel and Modern Wedding. There are even options to create a recipe book and photography portfolio, which makes MyCanvas ideal if you want to create an unconventional photo book.

MyCanvas also offers an impressive selection of embellishments – 4,653 to be exact. Additionally, the online editor has hundreds of backgrounds and frames you can add to your project. Very few comparable services offer such a wide array of design enhancements.

The one feature that's noticeably absent from MyCanvas is collaboration tools that would allow two or more people to work on the same project. While convenient, these tools are hardly essential, however, and such a minor drawback pales in comparison to the service's robust customization and design options.

Quality
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In our photo book reviews, MyCanvas ranks among the best in terms of quality. Their photo books are composed beautifully and printed on premium paper. The covers are likewise high quality, and the padded leather cover featured on one of the samples that MyCanvas sent us is very sleek and plush.

 

 

Book Options
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The MyCanvas photo books are limited to three sizes: 14 x 11, 11 x 8.5 and 8 x 8. Most photo book publishers offer a slew of sizing options, including common ones such as 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12. Given its stellar reputation and product quality, it's surprising that MyCanvas does not offer more alternatives.

While its sizing options may be limited, MyCanvas does not disappoint when it comes to cover options. You can choose between leather, linen, silk, velvet and hardbound custom photo covers. In addition to standard leather, you can also choose padded leather, nuba or nubuck leather. Nubuck is a type of soft leather composed of rawhide cattle leather that is treated to resemble suede. Nuba is a cheaper, synthetic version of nubuck. These unique cover options can give your photo book a luxurious, elegant look and feel.

Ease of Use
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Beyond features and options, the best photo books are simple to create, and MyCanvas is no exception. Its web-based book editor is intuitive and easy to navigate. It displays a large representation of the current page you are editing, and you can switch to another page or preview your book in a single click. Especially useful is that the editor lets you insert new pages anywhere, and it clearly marks photos you have already used so that there will be no duplicates in your photo book. Even if you are not computer savvy, it takes little effort to learn your way around the interface.

Help & Support
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Support for MyCanvas is available via email or telephone, and there is a large selection of help topics and tutorials. The tiered menu makes it simple to navigate the help sections, and you'll find detailed information that answers many common questions. MyCanvas does not offer user forums or support by live chat. However, the help database it does have is extensive and provides all the information you need to utilize the service self-sufficiently.

MyCanvas Summary:
9.1/10

MyCanvas is an exceptional publishing service that offers limitless ways to make a custom photo book that suits your personality and style. Beyond its supreme customization capabilities, MyCanvas delivers superior book quality and elegant styling. The only drawback to this service is its lack of sizing options. However, if one of its three sizes will work, MyCanvas is perfect if you want to create a unique photo book of the utmost quality.

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MyCanvas

Pros
MyCanvas offers unparalleled personalization, with thousands of design enhancements, unique cover options and customizable templates. It also boasts excellent product quality.

Cons
Only three sizes are available, although they are among the most common photo book sizes.

The Verdict
: 9.13/10

If book size doesn't matter, MyCanvas is an excellent service that provides virtually infinite design possibilities.