Shutterfly Wins at Automatic Photo Book Creation

After my previous post on creating a photo book at Shutterfly, I received multiple suggestions from readers of this blog to try Forever’s automatic photo book creation process. I decided to give it a try and see how it worked. I didn’t get too far. When I tried to tell Forever what photos to use, I got a message “You are trying to select 765 files but you can only select 397 at a time. Please try again with a smaller selection” I didn’t want to use a smaller selection. I had no problem selecting and putting 765 photos in my Shutterfly book.

I have since learned that Forever limits you to four photos on a page when you use their autocreation process. This limit makes no sense, especially for a 12×12 album. I looked at my Shutterfly book and the average number of photos on a page is six to eight, with a range from one to twenty photos per page. Shutterfly also includes two-page photos in their auto creation process to further improve layout options.

Until Forever improves its autocreation process, my recommendation is to manually create photo books if you have the time, or pick another company.

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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