PROS / PrestoPhoto offers a large selection of sizes and covers.
CONS / The online book editor is difficult to use.
VERDICT / PrestoPhoto offers a quick way to make a decent photo book with its wide selection of sizes and covers, but it's not easy to use.
Editor's note: The manufacturer has informed us they have made updates to PrestoPhoto. They list the new version as offering the following features: 4-5 day processing time; 8 x 8 print size; 8.5 x 11 portrait books; leather and fabric covers; unlimited online storage; user forums and social media importing. We will evaluate, rank and review the newer version when we next update the Photo Book reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about PrestoPhoto.
In our online photo book services review, PrestoPhoto made the cut because of its wide selection of templates, backgrounds and covers. The service has 132 predesigned books for you to choose from with premade layouts for every page. The templates have unique designs, borders and frames to make your photo book look creative.
The processing time for a custom photo book from PrestoPhoto is longer than that of most other photo book services. On average, you wait four to 10 business days just for the processing. Once you add the shipping time, it can take well over two weeks to receive your photo book.
The quality of the photo books is fair. The custom hardbound cover has a strong binding and looks professional, and it includes a flyleaf to protect the cover and pages. Image quality is adequate, but we could see the pixels and imperfections from the printer, and some of the photos were blurry, regardless of their resolution.
PrestoPhoto offers more sizing options than any other photo book service we looked at. It has 16 different photo book sizes in portrait, square and landscape formats. Additionally, it provides nine cover options, including image wraps, dust jackets and die-cut covers. The editor even offers advanced options, so you can control the design of the cover.
The online photo book editor provides a wide variety of tools to edit photos and design your custom photo book. You can use the templates or a design of your own. The editor places all of your photos automatically if you don't want to spend the time arranging them, or you can take control of your design. However, the photo book editor is difficult to use and takes some getting used to. There is no systematic process to follow, and the editor doesn't show your pages sequentially. PrestoPhoto's editor doesn't use the standard drag-and-drop approach others do. Because of this, we found it hard to position and photos on the pages and covers. In addition, you cannot resize images. Without the templates, images fill the page entirely.
PrestoPhoto offers several shipping methods, including overnight. However, it still takes five to 10 days to create a photo book, so even if you select overnight shipping, you have to wait a week to receive your book. For support, the website offers email and live chat options, as well as a FAQs section to help with problems and solutions.
PrestoPhoto falls short in print quality and usability. The print quality is low, whether you use high-resolution photos or not. The learning curve for the photo book editor is so steep that it becomes difficult to do simple tasks, like move a picture. While the photo book service has several shortcomings, it offers a wide selection of templates and allows you to take complete control over the design of your photo book.