Panstoria Softcover Photo Book

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Saving 40% on photo books is easier than you think.

Softcover photo books have the same graphic appeal as their hardcover cousins at a significantly lower price. You don’t even have to sacrifice size,  since Panstoria offers 12×12 softcover photo books. For comparison, Panstoria’s 12×12 hard cover photo book starts at $49.99, while the softcover is available for  $29.99.

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Panstoria supplied me with a sample of this product and I was pleased with the quality of the photo book. The book is not stitched but is instead held together held together with PUR adhesive, which should prove similarly durable. Unlike hot-melt adhesive, PUR does not fail over time. The laminated custom cover adds to the visual appeal of this product.

Photo quality is good; however I would love to see improvements in image enhancement, since in spite of my best efforts at  photo editing  a couple of photos are darker than I would prefer. Ideally, Panstoria will implement the Perfectly Clear image enhancement that was used in Creative Memories Memory Manager or another similar image enhancement product in a future update. For the time being, if a photo even remotely appears too dark on your computer monitor, lighten it.

I will be ordering the 12×12 softcover photo book for future projects. Look for a review of Panstoria’s lay-flat photo book in the near future.

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About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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7 Responses to Panstoria Softcover Photo Book

  1. Larry Rood says:

    Mark, you seem to be saying that photos appear darker in Panstoria’s books than those same photos appear on a monitor?

    • Mark Mizen says:

      Because monitors emit light, they have a tendency to appear brighter than a printed page. In addition, monitors that are brighter tend to look better to the average consumer leading to a mismatch with the printed page.

      • Larry Rood says:

        As you know, monitor calibration will minimize differences between what you see on your monitor and what you see on a printed page. Are you saying that Panstoria’s books tend to print darker than other books?

      • Mark Mizen says:

        The Panstoria printer profiles will print darker than the profiles that were formerly used by Creative Memories. I do not know how they compare to other photo book manufacturers.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Dear Mark, Peace & joy. That’s what I have found too… where at CM the cover’s tended to print darker that my monitor… and the pages were fine, At Panstoria, the Cover was fine but the pages were darker… I hope that when this is fixed we are given LOTS of notice… so I can make the necessary adjustments on my end before ordering. *U* K

  3. Reblogged this on Memories Valued and commented:
    Are you thinking about ordering a photo book? Check out this article on Panstoria’s 12×12 soft cover and hard cover photo books.

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