Pricing is competitive, shipping is fast, and some unique features make this a site to visit when working with photos that are an important part of your life and the creation of memories for yourself, family, and friends.
One of the unique features of Mixbook is the ability to use various themes for creating products. There are more than 220 themes to choose from, including family, wedding, and travel. The site also offers a “Get Inspired” section which offers numerous articles with tips and advice on putting together the right products for your photos. In addition to a blog, there are ideas for creating canvas prints, wedding projects, and even a “how-to” category to help with all aspects of the photo printing and creativity process.
For those who want to create a photo book or other designs from scratch, users can do so, but those who need some inspiration and help can find hundreds of templates from which to choose. On top of that, there are also thousands of stickers and backgrounds to add the perfect touch to every project.
Mixbook also offers the option to pull photos directly from a variety of social media sites, like Instagram and Facebook, instead of downloading them to/from one’s computer. Young people will find this option particularly appealing.
Ease of Use
The website is very easy to use. Not only are all of the options clearly marked on each page, the sections and subsections help users find the correct site pages without much searching.
Customers of every level of experience can use Mixbook. Beginners will not only find advice and inspiration on the site, but there are options like the AutoMix tool that help refine images without the need for in-depth photo knowledge. And for experienced printing customers, the ability to create everything from templates to layouts is all available for use.
Mixbook also offers the option to collaborate with others on a single project. Multiple users can connect on the site and access the project to add features, make changes, and create the ideal finished product.
Sizes and Styles of Products
Mixbook offers a number of photo book options, including yearbooks, wedding, baby, sports, and even professional and business books in landscape, square, and portrait sizes. Customers can also create cards, invitations, announcements, labels, stationery, and calendars, the latter of which come in 12″ square or two sizes of landscape. Wall art comes in the form of canvas prints with mounting hardware, flat or curved metal, acrylic prints that are ready to hang, and posters in four sizes framed, mounted or just printed. And photos for framing and other uses are available in 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 5″, 5″ x 7″, and 8″ x 10″.
There are several shipping options for Mixbook orders, including expedited and international delivery. Most customers report that normal shipping is prompt in four to six business days, despite the caveat that budget prices can take up to 11 days. There is an extra fee for the shipping of 5″ x 5″ photos as the size is not typical for the US Postal Service, and import taxes and duties are imposed on international shipments, which are paid to the government of receiving country. Budget shipping for cards and stationery starts at $2.99 and increases by product size and weight.
While the type of paper available is limited to semi-gloss 110-pound with regard to book creation, the quality of the products is impressive. Covers of photo books and calendars are well-made and durable. Cards can be printed on satin-coated, signature 100-pound uncoated, or 130-pound premium matte stock. Images come back clean and clear, and the wide range of designs produce top-quality finished products.
More experienced customers may want more paper stock options, especially for calendars and books. Bulk purchase quotes are only available for photo books and calendars.
New visitors to the Mixbook site will find a coupon for up to 50% off the first order by signing in via Facebook or an email account. In the “Deals” section, there are other coupons ranging from 30% to 50% off various services.
The website is free to use, but ordering products obviously have costs attached. Prices for simple print photos start at $0.15 each for 4″ x 6″ and $0.99 for 5″ x 7″, which are average on the spectrum of pricing across a variety of photo printing sites. There are volume discounts available.
The “Help” section of the website offers a large variety of frequently asked questions with accompanying answers about everything from ordering, payments, technical issues, and returns. There is also an email method of contacting the support team, and live chat is offered every day of the week at various times listed at the bottom of the “Help” page.
Mixbook is a site that should be in the top five of all photo printing service lists. From an easily navigable site to the numerous project options, it offers everything that a print company should. It is easy to use for beginners yet offers enough tools for any professional to product quality products. The site is ideal for everything from personal prints to business needs, and a substantial introductory offer is the perfect opportunity to give it a try.