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Albelli Photobook Review - The only way Matt Grayson will get his work published is if he prints the book himself. Good job Albelli Photobooks are here to help.
Installation opens a new window and takes just a few minutes from downloading everything to the computer and installing the system.
There are five steps to get your book ordered which sounds simple enough but I've done one of these before and they can take a lot of work.
Selecting the images you want to use.
Laying out the book in the order you require.
Adding your pictures to the book is a simple drag and drop process but does take some time to load images in to the point where I thought it either hadn't registered the request or I thought it had crashed.
Text is added by double clicking on the text box where you're taken into a separate window to write as much as you like. There are plenty of fonts and sizes to choose from as well as the usual options of bold, underlining and left, right, centre aligning. You can also perform basic editing on the images again by double clicking the image and a separate window pops up. Actions take a long time to perform for such a basic system which is a pain to get through, especially as they don't do anything special.
Once you've finished, it's good to preview it using the preview button which is the magnifying glass icon below the layout. One thing to note is that “close” doesn't mean zoom in despite the same magnifying glass icon, it means to close the preview back to the original screen. If you wish to magnify the images to check the resolution of them, for example, a slider is located in the top right of the preview screen.
Albelli photobook: Finished product
I sent the book on the Wednesday and it arrived back 13 days later which I don't consider to be a bad turnaround considering they come from Europe. The glossy cover is attractive and I really like the results of around 90% of the images inside.
There are one or two that suffer from image quality problems and if these were due to resolution then the program should've flagged this before the book was submitted for printing. Looking at it closer, I think it's actually having trouble coping with any noise on a photograph. If the low key areas are noisy, it exacerbates the problem and in my example it's made a dark skin area go red. Despite the attractiveness of the cover, the colours are slightly out as the white sheet has a pink cast to it.
Albelli photobook: Verdict
Albelli photobook: Plus points
Fast download and installation
Easy enough to use
Albelli photobook: Minus points
Has trouble printing some shadows
Prices vary depending on the book you choose. Visit the Albelli website for more information: