Picaboo is a photo book service that excels when it comes to creative control and ease of use. The publisher delivers a wide array of design tools and layout templates that help you create an eye-catching and completely custom photo book. Although you may encounter a few uploading issues, Picaboo's useful features and diverse style options easily overshadow occasional system slowness.

Picaboo provides all the essential features necessary to make a photo book online. Its web-based book editor has basic photo editing tools (e.g., brightness adjustment, cropping, etc.). The service's free online storage allows you to save your in-progress projects on the Picaboo website. Picaboo gives you the flexibility to design a photo book from scratch, or you can choose from dozens of themed templates. The service has a template for virtually everything, ranging from event-based themes to seasonal layouts and various aesthetic styles. Once you select a theme, Picaboo makes it easy to insert additional pages (with the layout of your choice) anywhere in your book. Additionally, the service allows you to switch a photo book's size and style while maintaining the interior layout. We especially liked the Auto Create feature, which automatically creates a photo book for you. This is a great option if you're short on time or have too many photos to sort through and place individually.

Picaboo delivers good photo and binding quality. The service enables high-resolution uploads, so your photos are sharp and vivid after printing. Each photo book is printed on thick, premium paper, and some book styles include lay-flat pages. As the name indicates, these pages lay completely flat without you having to crease the paper at the binding.

While Picaboo offers both design flexibility and good quality, uploading photos, as well as saving projects, takes a while. In fact, it is one of the slowest photo book services we reviewed. Uploading only a few photos at a time poses no issue but the editor is significantly sluggish when uploading photos in bulk.

Its speed notwithstanding, Picaboo is easy to use. The editor's interface is intuitively set up, with one-click navigation between book pages and easy access the service's many features. If this is your first time creating an online photo book, Picaboo's user friendliness makes it a great service to consider.

Picaboo only offers five sizing options, but its selection of cover options is impressive. Its classic covers include standard hardbound, softbound and linen options. You can also customize any hardbound or softbound book with a photo. The service really stands out for its best-selling Classic Custom book, which combines affordability with quality. Also notable is Picaboo's premium velvet, leather and two-toned linen covers.

Picaboo Summary:

With high quality printing and multiple book styles to choose from, Picaboo is a good option for creating online photo books. The publisher is equipped with all the necessary tools you need to design and customize the perfect photo book – just be sure to allot enough time to upload your photos.



Picaboo provides an impressive selection of cover options and themed templates. Its editing software is intuitive and straightforward.

Uploading photos can take some time.

The Verdict
: 8.9/10

With versatile functionality and accessible usability, Picaboo holds its own in a saturated market.