The site was easy to navigate and the themes and backgrounds were unique, classy and elegant. If you haven't visited this photo book printer yet, they are definitely worth the time if you're looking for a higher end look to your photo book.
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The Photo Book Software
Pros:The photo book software has some nice surprises. There is a good text editor, and you can add text blocks wherever you'd like-- there's a lot of flexibility. Pictures can also be added anywhere on the page. Even though you choose a theme when you start your book, you can still choose any background while you are working on a specific page. There are several corners, frames and embellishments you can add, as well.
Cons: Unfortunately, there's no two-page spread available through MyCanvas. Although the photo book software is not set up to do a 2-page spread, there is a little trick you can use with this publisher and others to manipulate one. Take the picture and edit it into two sections. Make sure you allow 1/4" around the entire pictures that you will not care if it gets cut off. Then, select the Full bleed lay-out for each page. Once you have finished this, you can drop each side of the picture onto the pages. Click Preview to see how well they are matching up. You may need to work with it a little to get it to match up.
One Small Problem: I did need to disable my popup blocker before I could get the program to work.
MyCanvas Photo Book OptionsMyCanvas has two quality levels of photo books:
The Premium Photo Books also come with an optional slip case for an additional $50.00. When you're done with this MyCanvas review, you can see MyCanvas Covers, Sizes and Bindings for more information.
Uploading Via SmugMugMyCanvas also has a relationship with SmugMug, and if you upload your photos to SmugMug, it is very easy to upload your photos to the MyCanvas photo book interface. Adding photos from Picasa is also supported. And, of course, there is the ability to upload photos from your own computer.
MyCanvas Customer SupportMyCanvas is a smaller division of Ancestry.com, and so is part of a larger and very well-respected web company. Their customer support reflects that. Support is via e-mail or phone and help, tutorials and webinars are also available.
MyCanvas Photo Book Specifications
|Paper Weight||Standard - 100# gloss archival
Premium - Heavy Weight Fine Art Paper
|Max. # of Pages||tbd|
Updated: July 12, 2010
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MyCanvas Comparative Software Review
|Background Themes||36 different backgrounds with at least 5 backgrounds per theme. There are 345 backgrounds to choose from.|
|Layout Variety||Flexible layouts - you can add, resize, and arrange pictures as you wish|
|JPG as a Background||Yes. You upload any photo in the Backgrounds folder and it can be used as a background on any page.|
|In-book Editing||Only flip, rotate, crop, and filter|
|Text - variety and Full Page||Yes|
|Embellishments and Corners||The best variety of embellishments and corners I have seen in any photo book publisher's software. You can even add maps and postcards.|
MyCanvas Photo Book Sizes
|Standard Cover and Bindings|
|Premium Cover and Bindings|
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