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

Shutterfly is a name that has become ubiquitously known among photo book publishers, and it isn't difficult to see why. The service delivers impeccable quality and has a sleek online editor that appeals to both creative and inartistic people alike. In addition to its intuitive interface, our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner provides versatile features and cover options that enable you to build perfect photo books. Shutterfly isn't without a few minor drawbacks, but in terms of flexibility, functionality and quality, this photo book service is hard to beat.

Features
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Shutterfly offers two design methods for crafting photo books, which it calls paths. With the Simple Path, Shutterfly automatically arranges your photos in your chosen book template. This is the best route if you are a beginner, because it requires nominal effort and creativity. The styles to choose from in this path are rather basic though, with simplistic page layouts and minimal design effects. The Custom Path gives you more creative control, allowing you to design page layouts, add embellishments, and adjust photo and text placement. This method also includes an Ideas Tab that offers professional, polished layouts you can insert into your books.

Shutterfly's online book editor provides all the editing tools you need to design custom photo books. You can add text boxes, additional pages, and background colors and themes. You can also preview and save your projects online at any time. We would like Shutterfly to offer a few more photo-editing tools, such as the ability to adjust images' brightness or contrast. Some photo book services enable you to make such edits without using a separate photo editor.

Photo books are meant to be cherished and shared, so we appreciate Shutterfly's interactive sharing capabilities. You can publish your finished projects on Facebook, Blogger or your own website using an embedded code. There are also options to email your projects and export them as PDFs. The latter is useful because you can save the photo book on your computer and print it anywhere you want.

Quality
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Making a name for itself as a premiere publisher, Shutterfly has set a very high standard among online photo books. Its finished photo books live up to expectations, with high print quality and a sturdy build. Pages are impressively thick and lay flat, and the photos are crisp and clear.

Similar to most photo book publishers, Shutterfly's processing time ranges from three to five business days. The service offers standard shipping options, including two-day and overnight delivery – which are ideal if you need your photo book as soon as possible.

Book Options
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Shutterfly offers some great options for your final product in terms of sizes and cover choices. Five sizes are available: 5 x 7, 7 x 9, 8 x 8, 8 x 11 and 12 x 12 inches. This is not as many sizes as other services on our lineup offer, but these are among the most common. Shutterfly also provides six cover options, including some eye-catching designs such as faux lizard and die-cut windows.

 

Ease of Use
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With tabs and functions easily defined and conveniently located, Shutterfly provides a site that is easy to navigate. Uploading photos and editing pages is remarkably easy, even using the Custom Path. Particularly noteworthy is Shutterfly's preview mode. Before you place an order, the service will display your photo book in high-resolution, exactly as it will look when it is printed.

Another perk with Shutterfly is that it allows you to upload photos to create your books from a number of different places. Shutterfly makes it simple to cull photos from Facebook, Instagram and other sources.

Help & Support
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Shutterfly provides help and support through robust online resources. A searchable FAQs database allows you to search help topics and answers to your questions by keyword. Shutterfly also offers an active community of users, with whom you can discuss products and exchange ideas.

The photo book publisher would benefit from providing more live help options. The telephone support hours are limited and there is no online chat option. Additionally, it takes far too much effort to find a contact number for the company. Clicking on the Contact Us or Help links should lead directly to a phone number. That said, Shutterfly's FAQs section is so in-depth that it's likely you won't need live help anyways.

Shutterfly Summary:
9.7/10

Shutterfly is an excellent photo book publisher that lives up to its reputation. The design process is simple and flawless, giving you as much or as little control as you want. Moreover, Shutterfly provides exceptional quality, with vivid graphics and durable book design. Additional sizing and cover options would enhance the service's versatility, but its current offerings are impressive nonetheless. Whether you are looking to use one of the many templates available or design your own projects from start to finish, you won't be disappointed by the quality and rich functionality offered by Shutterfly.

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Shutterfly

Pros
Shutterfly offers custom and simple so-called paths to help you build perfect photo books. Flexible sharing options allow you to upload your projects to Facebook, export them as PDF files and publish them on your website.

Cons
Only five sizing options are available.

The Verdict
: 9.7/10

Shutterfly's custom and simple design methods make this publishing service ideal for all types of people.