Last summer my husband and I took an incredible trip to Europe. We were there for 3 weeks, visited 8 countries, walked 125 miles, and experienced 1 amazing adventure! When we returned home from the trip, I knew I wanted to create a hardcover photo book to display the hundreds and hundreds of photos I took. My vision was to have a beautiful coffee table book that showcased all of the incredible places we visited and memories we made.
So, a few weeks ago I finally decided to sit down and go through all of the photos we took and created this book! After doing some extensive research on the many different photo book companies out there, I decided upon Artifact Uprising. I was really drawn to their minimalistic style and the overall quality of their books. I thought it might be helpful to put together a little review on my experience creating this book for those of you out there who are interested in doing the same!
First, a little info on the specific book I selected– I went with an 8.5 x 8.5″ hardcover photo book. The fabric color of the cover is Smoke and I selected a partial book jacket. The total number of pages in the book is 128.
Things I really liked:
- There is good variety in the book size and color options available. The hardcover books come in 4 different sizes and the fabric color options for the cover are beautiful. I was really happy with the different options that they offer!
- After a small learning curve, I enjoyed the program used to create the photo book. It is all done online through your personal Artifact Uprising account rather than downloading separate software to your computer. Within the program you can upload photos from multiple image sources including your phone, Instagram, and Facebook. The program allows you to easily design, edit, and rearrange the various layouts throughout the book. I personally felt that it was one of the more intuitive programs I tried.
- The various photo layout options are very simple, but really highlight the individual photos. I tried to keep things pretty clean and simple throughout my book and was really happy with the result.
- The print quality is great! I used iPhone photos exclusively in my book and was really impressed with the clarity and color accuracy of the photos. I did make sure to use images that were 300 dpi and the sRGB color profile, which is recommended. Artifact Uprising provides a lot of helpful articles on how to showcase your images the best way possible. I would highly recommend checking out these articles before creating your book.
- The materials used to create the books are high quality. The hardcover books use a fabric cover and the photos are printed on 100% post consumer waste paper that has an uncoated, texture matte finish. It is really lovely!
- The production + shipping times they provided were accurate. I selected the FedEx Economy shipping option ($13.99), which had a delivery window of 9-11 days after placing the order. My book arrived on day 10, with one of those days being a weekend day. Success!
Things I disliked:
- The book jacket left a lot to be desired. The image quality is actually quite poor, which I was not alerted to prior to printing. It is honestly almost unusable, which is surprising given that I am really happy with the print quality on the interior of the book. I think I will probably end up leaving it off the book when it’s sitting on the coffee table, which kind of defeats the point of a dust jacket…
- Once you get started on a book, you are unable to change the book type/size and the dust jacket size. This is something that is posted on their website under the product details, but it is a bit inconvenient. I completely understand not being able to change the size of the book. However, I wish there was a way to be able to change the size of the dust jacket without having to completely start over. This was an issue I ran into when I had wanted to switch the dust jacket size on my book. So this is just me giving you a heads up that it can’t be changed!
- Since I was unhappy with the book jacket, I really wish I had been able to get the title foil-embossed on the cover. This is something that is available on their layflat photo books and it looks beautiful! I definitely would have been willing to pay a little extra to get this added on my photo book.
- It is one of the more expensive photo book options. The total for the book was priced somewhat similar to the competition, but other companies offer great discounts that can really bring the price down. When I ordered my book, I took advantage of a 10% off coupon code and still felt like I was having to spend a lot for a relatively small book. For the price, it would have been really nice if they at least gave you free shipping.
Overall, I was really happy with my first experience using Artifact Uprising! I love how my photo book turned out, and I am excited to try out some of their other photo book and printing options in the future.
I hope this review was hopeful to those of you who are looking into creating a photo book of your own. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other questions about my experience using Artifact Uprising!