At a Glance
- Free and easy to use; Lets you create a variety of photo products
- Printing isn’t free; Layouts require fine tuning
This free app lets you create professional quality photo albums, books, cards, calendars, and more.
Sometimes, all you want to do with your digital photos is share
them online, or maybe just print them out one by one and slip them
into an album. If you aspire to create something a bit more
refined, though, you might need some help. Enter MyPhotoCreations:
this free app can help you design and create polished photo albums,
books, cards, calendars, and more. While the software itself is
free, have to pay for the finished product, whether you print it at
home or opt to send it to DigiLabs, the company behind
MyPhotoCreations, for production.
MyPhotoCreations is simple to use: You select your photo
project, choose which photos to include, and select from the dozens
of available layouts. The software does all the work for you,
inserting your photos into a virtual mock-up of the album, book, or
calendar you selected.
Once the photos inserted into the project, you’re free to change
them, edit the layout and photo size, and make any necessary
alterations. That’s a good thing, since MyPhotoCreations doesn’t
always suggest the ideal layout: Often it squeezes photos that are
packed with content into small spaces, while suggesting that
pictures with minimal content fit into larger slots. The resulting
layout can look a bit odd. The editing tools are easy to use for
the most part, though, so fine-tuning the layout isn’t too
difficult. I do wish they offered more control though, as
accomplishing some tasks–such as moving a photo from one page of a
photo book to the next–can be tricky. And fine-tuning the layout
for an entire photo book will definitely take some time if you vary
too far from the layout suggested by MyPhotoCreations.
Once your project is complete, MyPhotoCreations offers a few
options for creating the actual product. If you’re creating
something small and relatively simple, such as a greeting card or a
small calendar, you can opt to print your product right at home.
Printing anything beyond a few samples requires the purchase of a
$40 software key, however. If your project is more complex, such as
a hardcover book or a spiral-bound calendar, you can send it to
DigiLabs (the company behind the software) for production. You can
expect to pay anywhere from less than $10 for a calendar to $20 for
a photo book, while more complex photo albums can cost $200 or
more. The prices for the finished products are comparable to what
you’d pay when ordering similar products from services like Kodak
Gallery, where you might pay anywhere from $20 to $150 for a photo
book, depending on its length.
I printed a few cards on my older inkjet printer and wasn’t
terribly impressed with the results, especially when compared with
photo cards I’d ordered from professional printers, but I was wowed
by the quality of a photo book that I ordered from and had printed
by DigiLabs. The book’s cover, binding, and pages were all high
quality–even more so than similar books I’ve seen from services
like KodakGallery. And, perhaps most important, my pictures looked
great. I created a book of travel photos and used the suggested
travel page background; I had worried the printed design would look
cheesy on the pages, but that was not so. Instead, the design
looked subtle and sophisticated.
I’d opt to print my products at home only if there were no fees
involved. But MyPhotoCreations is easy to use and it’s free, and I
like how much control it gives you in creating your own photo
projects. And if you’d rather leave the actual printing to the
pros, you’re in good hands with MyPhotoCreations.