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Handling and Ordering
FilePrint offer a massive array of templates that you can customise to print any number of photo products, whether it's calendars, invitations, canvas, framed canvas, greeting cards, panoramic prints, posters, business cards, complement slips, and more, they also offer the ability to print PDF documents, so you can create a custom calendar or photo product beyond the usual template. This is quite unique when compared to other photo printing services so we thought it would be worth a trial.
Following paper weights are available:
Standard Silk (100-120 gsm)
Heavy Silk (150-200 gsm)
Card Silk (280-300 gsm)
Heavy Card (350 gsm)
Heavy Card Gloss Laminated (350 gsm)
Heavy Matt Laminated (350 gsm)
Canvas (300 gsm)
Any size available, but here is a list of the standard A sizes.
A0: 841 x 1189 mm (33.1 × 46.8 in)
A1: 594 x 841 mm (23.4 × 33.1 in)
A2: 420 x 594 mm (16.5 × 23.4 in)
A3: 297 x 420 mm (11.7 × 16.5 in)
A4: 210 x 297 mm (8.3 × 11.7 in)
A5: 148 x 210 mm (5.8 × 8.3 in)
A6: 105 x 148 mm (4.1 × 5.8 in)
Choose from a number of paper options - although prices aren't displayed until later in the ordering process - instead you can calculate the expected price here, based on paper quality, paper size and number of pages. Ours came out at £8.31 for 25 pages of A4.
Preview the options, ensuring your document matches the layout required for the print you want. If you do submit a PDF document then it's important to make sure you have followed the example guidelines exactly, otherwise your print will not be layed out correctly. You do not need to worry about this if you use the template based system on the website as the layout and design is already done for you.
Add to cart, Fill in your delivery details, Choose your print and deliver services, the P&P charge is £3.20 making the total order £11.51. You can pay by AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, or Paypal. The site gives you an estimated delivery date when you have completed your order.
Delivery was prompt with the calendar arriving just a couple of days later.
Packaging - Very good with roughly 3 layers of cardboard between the calendar and the outside world, this should provide ample protection from delivery. With our design and layout it was not possible to select a loop or hole for hanging the calendar, however if you select the A4/A3 hanging calendar design with the photo and calendar on the same page this is possible.
Print quality - The paper is thick and the binding is good. Colour is good, although black isn't entirely black in photos or text, with it just missing slightly, although this could be due to the RGB to CMYK conversion I applied to the document, rather than converting images to CMYK before using them. FilePrint has assured us that printing black is not a problem. It's also possible to see the print texture when viewed up close.
Value For MoneyFileprint offer A3 prints from 50p, with the price of the finished product being quite good value for money. Postage is realistic, and actually appears to be very close to the actual cost of posting things using Royal Mail rather than being exaggerated to cover "administration" etc which makes a refreshing change.
FilePrint ProsSupports PDF
Cheap postage costs
Lots of templates and designs on the site
FilePrint ConsWebsite could do with a refresh, as options can appear confusing
Sample prices section could do with a refresh
Price isn't known until you reach the checkout (unless you pre-check what you think it might be)
Doesn't come with an off-line designer like a lot of other photo products
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