Printique review: Superior quality, dated software

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Printique has been our favourite photograph work for a number of years, chiefly for its unmatched image quality. While photograph printing for its books and calendars remains among nan champion if not nan champion compared to rivals, Printique has fallen down pinch its software, which feels dated and confusing and mightiness move disconnected little knowledgeable users. And while Printique’s photograph books were gorgeous, they are besides costly — though rates for calendars and cards are much reasonable.

Pros

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    Books and calendars were nan highest value successful our testing

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    Surprisingly debased priced calendars

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    Great for portraits acknowledgment to fantabulous color, skintones, and contrast

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    Thickest pages for photograph books

Cons

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    Software was confusing and felt dated compared to rivals

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    Creating basal almanac was amazingly difficult

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    Distracting glare successful photograph books from shiny default decorativeness connected pages

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    Expensive photograph books

Printique is still nan apical canine erstwhile it comes to photograph book and photograph almanac people quality. While immoderate of nan title has caught up successful different ways, nan gorgeous covers and heavy pages offered pinch Printique’s products remains unmatched. Another positive is that moreover its default photograph book offering is simply a lay-flat creation that lets you spot each quadrate millimeter of its luxurious pages. However, that besides makes them much expensive. 

While Printique’s comparatively flimsy calendars are not arsenic awesome arsenic its books, they excessively connection premium image quality. Designing a basal almanac though is simply a situation because of Printique’s slow and confusing software. Also, cards are conscionable mean pinch anemic color, opposition and matter quality. Read nan remainder of our Printique reappraisal to spot if this superior photograph printing work is worthy nan hassle and nan price, aliases if you should spell pinch different action connected our database of nan best photograph books.

Printique review: Prices

Printique photograph books
Printique’s slightest costly hardcover action is simply a 20-page 8 x 8-inch hardcover layflat book, which costs $54.99. There’s a assortment of different options including hardcover layflat books ranging from 6 x 6 inches ($38.99) to 12 x 12 inches ($86.99). Softcover books are offered successful 4 x 4-inches (starting astatine $14.99) and 8 x 8-inches ($29.99). Other styles see cloth screen books (from $48.99) and leather covered books ("vegan" and "genuine") from $83.99.

Printique calendars
A 12-month 10 x 10-inch centerfold almanac starts astatine $25.99, while an 18-month 10 x 10-inch almanac goes for $40.99.  (6 x 6 and 8 x 8 sizes are besides available.) Top-hanging 12 x 18-inch calendars commencement astatine $34.99 for 12 months, and mini desktop calendars commencement astatine $15.99 (for 3.74 x 8.27 inches).

Printique photograph cards
The 5 x 7 and 7 x 5 cards commencement astatine $1.75 each for 12 aliases more; azygous cards are a hefty $4.99. Printique doesn't connection metallic foil text, but immoderate paper types connection rounded corners aliases different separator patterns for an further fee. There are nary different sizes of level cards and nary folded-card options.

Printique review: Software

Printique’s package offers nan astir power of nan services we tested but we consciousness it’s amended suited to nan precocious personification than newbies. We besides deliberation it needs a refresh; it’s getting a small agelong successful nan bony and nan title has caught up pinch user-friendly yet powerful editing tools. But if you already cognize your measurement astir creation software, Printique’s precision and customization mightiness beryllium appealing.

Printique package screenshot

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There are 86 templates for photograph books, which you tin constrictive down by class aliases a hunt function. On nan different hand, location are only 11 templates for calendars. Cards travel successful a whopping 300 types for much than 2 twelve juncture categories, including wedding, babe shower, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, and a scope of Jewish holidays (but nary Muslim events, specified arsenic Eid).

Printique package screenshot

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Seasoned designers will admit nan assortment of rulers, gridlines, submenus, and toolbars offered successful Printique’s feature-rich online software, but beginners mightiness beryllium intimidated. Printique doesn't supply a afloat tutorial to locomotion you done each these features, arsenic less-complex services do, though location are how-to videos connected immoderate of nan individual creation features. Another rumor we knowledgeable were laggy load times for nan software, peculiarly if our Internet awesome was not strong. In our case, it took a fewer minutes for image thumbnails to show up aft importing our photos. (We were, however, experiencing immoderate Wi-Fi issues during testing.)

But erstwhile you get nan bent of everything Printique has to offer, you tin do immoderate awesome things pinch its tools. For instance, a floating toolbar that appears erstwhile you click connected a photograph provides easy entree to galore cardinal configuration options: panning and zooming, fitting aliases filling pages and spreads, and mounting image opacity, among others. 

Printique package screenshot

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The level of customization successful Prinique is benignant of incredible. You tin group nan nonstop size and magnitude of images, down to hundredths of an inch. Borders are besides afloat adjustable. Along pinch being capable to group nan colour and width, you tin group nan separator to either widen retired from nan photograph aliases harvest into it. The aforesaid adjustability goes for nan width of driblet shadows arsenic well. All these style settings tin beryllium copied and pasted from 1 photograph to another.

Text customization is besides deep. Printique’s array of font options is grouped nether elaborate categories specified arsenic Serif, Sans Serif, Handwritten, Fancy, and moreover Hebrew-inspired. Font sizes tin beryllium tweaked successful one-point increments, successful afloat customizable colors, pinch adjustable opacity. You tin besides configure nan thickness and colour of driblet shadows connected text, but you cannot create borders astir nan lettering. Finally, you tin set nan search (space betwixt letters) and starring (space betwixt lines) of text. But salary adjacent attraction to what you type, since there's nary spell cheque — thing that each different work we've tested does have. 

Background creation options besides abound successful Printique. There are 783 backgrounds successful total, and they are little cutesy, and much artful than pinch different services. (For instance, nan "Birthday" class has nary hat, cake, aliases balloons, but alternatively starbursts, polka dots, and colorful brushed-metal patterns.) Where Printique stumbles is pinch coagulated colors. It offers virtually nary colour presets, and alternatively forces you to usage an awkward color-picking instrumentality that requires configuring a hue pinch sliders, mounting nan red-green-blue strength levels, aliases entering a hex code. Design pros mightiness not person a problem but beautiful overmuch everyone other will beryllium baffled.

Printique package screenshot

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Printique's frames were benignant of disappointing. Instead of classical frames that mimic what you mightiness spot hanging connected a wall of a depository aliases someone’s apartment, you tin prime from a very mini assortment of basal frilly patterns aliases faux area mounts. But astir frames are really cutouts that harvest nan photograph into a immense action of shapes, specified arsenic hearts, stars, aliases letters (if that’s your thing.) Printique offers a immense array of stickers (14,951) ranging from monochrome cutouts to childlike drawings, elaborate drawings, letters, slogans, and almanac grids. 

Despite its rich | scope of customization, Printique offers nary photo-editing options aliases moreover photograph filters. This is overseas fixed nan level of personification it’s aimed at. You can, however, opt to person your photos car color-corrected erstwhile you bid a printing.

The creation interface for calendars has galore of nan aforesaid devices arsenic for books but we recovered it much challenging to use, peculiarly if you usage nan “Build your own” template. Placing photos into nan almanac successful this “blank slate” style was a situation for us, pinch nan images often overlapping pinch nan grid of nan calendar. After playing pinch it for astir half an hour, we grew disappointment and decided alternatively to effort 1 of Printique’s almanac templates, nan Modern style. The consequence was a gorgeous, professional-looking almanac filled pinch our photos from a caller travel to Italy. But it wasn’t what we initially wanted, and we were disappointed we had problem building our ain calendar, which wasn’t an rumor pinch nan different services.

There are galore levels of customization, moreover successful nan pre-set almanac templates. As pinch books, you person entree to a assortment of texts, backdrops, frames, and stickers. Text, backdrops, and stickers tin beryllium added to nan grid pages, arsenic well. You tin besides afloat customize nan calendar's fonts (individually by month, week, day, and arena designation), alteration nan grid's opacity and adhd driblet shadows of immoderate color. You tin adhd a photograph to immoderate day quadrate by dragging, dropping, and cropping. But you tin only alteration nan matter for a peculiar time by going into nan cosmopolitan settings and choosing options for each arena days. We conscionable wish it was each a small easier to do.

There are a assortment of paper templates, including a “Build Your Own” action that was easier to usage than nan almanac version, but they are organized a spot strangely. Assuming that nan astir celebrated creation would beryllium “holiday” cards, we recovered it overseas that these were astatine nan bottommost of nan Photo Greeting Cards page. And while location were galore template options for nan Christmas paper we created, astir of nan designs were a small ornate and, to our taste, intrusive connected nan photo. We wanted much options to make nan image larger connected nan cards to showcase group and families, which is what astir of these types of cards will feature.

Printique review: Print quality

Printique photograph books
The astir unique point astir Printique’s books vs nan title is their very thick, rigid pages. These almost vinyl-like pages are akin to nan look and consciousness of what you’d find successful a master wedding photograph album. They’re designed to past — it’s difficult to ideate them moreover creasing aliases tearing — and they consciousness luxurious. Similarly, moreover nan entry-level books travel pinch a layflat binding that prevents a furrow successful nan seam betwixt pages, making this creation cleanable for images that span spreads. Again, this is simply a master level book offering but it comes astatine a premium value compared to Printique’s rivals. While gorgeous, we wish location were immoderate lower-end book options since not each customers will request this type of high-end product.

Printique photograph book unfastened from above

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On nan different hand, we appreciated Printique’s devotion to exceptional photograph printing. The pages show really good pinch fantabulous color, tegument tone, opposition and sharpness/detail. We rated Printique somewhat supra Mixbook for photograph quality. But while we liked nan semi-gloss decorativeness of nan pages, which is called Luster, they are prone to glare, particularly successful agleam light. This requires you to perspective nan book somewhat to make retired nan item successful nan images. The institution offers 3 different decorativeness options for its 8 x 8 books — Glossy, Linen, and Pebble. Its Deep Matte decorativeness is disposable only for books of 10 x 10 inches aliases larger, and it adds $36 to nan price.

Printique screenshots

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Despite nan glare, images are excellent. The colour is rich | but, astatine times, appeared somewhat oversaturated, peculiarly pinch tegument tones, which were dense connected nan orangish and reddish tones. Landscapes and cityscapes, connected nan different hand, looked beautiful pinch nan colour popping disconnected nan page. We besides liked nan results of a fewer black-and-white photos we included successful our book, which looked melodramatic without losing detail.

Printique calendars
The image value of Printique’s calendars was, not surprisingly, connected a par pinch its photograph books. What was thing of a surprise, however, was nan pricing. We paid $34.99 for a 12 x 18-inch, wall hanging calendar, which was little costly than immoderate of nan smaller calendars we ordered from nan different companies. For instance, Shutterfly’s almanac costs nan aforesaid value for a mini 8 x 11-inch calendar, and $44.99 for a 12 x 12-inch calendar. Even better, nan aforementioned Modern template we chose made our almanac look classy, pinch nan images deliberately bleeding into nan grid for a stylish effect.

Printique screenshots

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Given nan outstanding people value of nan calendar, we were a small amazed pinch really bladed nan pages were, peculiarly nan flimsy beforehand cover. While we’re looking guardant to displaying nan almanac successful 2024, hopefully nan pages – which were nan thinnest of each nan calendars — past being flipped passim nan year.

We really thought nan photograph value of our almanac was moreover amended than nan photograph book. This was possibly because nan aboveground of nan Canon HD Luster insubstantial utilized for nan almanac was little reflective than nan coated sheet of nan book which, ultimately, averts oversaturation. Also, hanging connected a wall, nan almanac is little apt to drawback glare than successful a book lying level connected a table. Despite nan glossy decorativeness of nan calendar-grid pages, ink and marker penning did not smudge.

Printique photograph cards
Another astonishment pinch Printique fixed its fabulous books and charismatic calendars is really middling its photograph cards were. The family connected nan beforehand of our vacation paper lacked sharpness and displayed a flimsy yellowish formed connected nan edges of their faces. The paper banal besides felt flimsy, and nan matter was somewhat difficult to read.

Printique screenshots

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Overall, nan paper looked for illustration thing that mightiness person been produced astatine location connected an inkjet printer. Some of nan blasted mightiness beryllium connected Printique’s default Linen finish, which affected photograph sharpness and colour saturation. It besides made it little legible than we would person liked. Printique besides offers Matte and Felt decorativeness options for nan aforesaid price, though they are improbable to adhd immoderate much popular to images.

Printique review: Verdict

Either Printique has slipped a bit, aliases nan title has caught up, but it is nary longer our favourite photo book service, being edged retired by Mixbook. Yes, Printique remains connected apical for image value for some its photograph books and calendars. And yes, nan default heavy pages and layflat bindings of its books make them look and consciousness for illustration master creation pieces. 

Where Printique has fallen down though is successful its confusing and sometimes unforgiving package which tin make their products a chore to create. We besides wish they had immoderate little costly options for their photograph books. Putting those quibbles aside, Printique is nan 1 we would urge for much precocious users and moreover immoderate master photographers. The wide people value is conscionable that good.

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