I’m pretty good at remembering to print out my digital photos every few months so I can keep hard copies of my memories. However they do just sit in photo-sized boxes on a shelf so maybe I’m not making the most of them.
So when I was asked by Pixum to test out their photo-book software, I thought I’d give it a go. The software took a few minutes to download and the process was relatively straightforward. I don’t count myself as a techno whizz but then again, I have learned a bit about computers over the years. I suppose what I’m saying is that I was able to create a photo book but I wouldn’t ask my mother to give it a try.
The software is designed to give the user plenty of options and if you want to create something very special, all bells and whistles, then you can have hours of fun experimenting with templates, adding text etc.
I decided to create a book of my favourite Iceland photos. I uploaded my Iceland photo file onto the Pixum site, chose a suitable size and shape (small, landscape) and began to shuffle the photos around.
Here’s a screenshot to give you an idea of what was involved:
I decided to keep it simple with no text and a maximum of three photos to a page. If any of the photos were too grainy the system warned me that the quality wouldn’t be good enough so I was able to swap them around or make them smaller.
The best thing about it? Paying a little bit extra for a hard cover and realising the Pixum process allowed a photo to be used to wrap around the front and back.
The book I chose had 26 pages and cost £17.99. Postage was £3.99. There were special offers on the home page offering discounts, so it would probably have cost less than this but I was using a £25 voucher given to me by the company.
I was delighted with the result. Fast delivery, high quality paper and just look at that cover, using my all-time favourite Iceland photograph. Now I have the memories of a special holiday as a keepsake. It brought a tear to my eye when I opened it, soppy old thing that I am.