Where to Print Your Pictures

My considerations when printing are always:

1. What is the texture of the paper?

2. How do the images show deep blacks and bright whites?

3. Do skin tones look orange or are they reproduced accurately?

Blurb consistently delivers on all three! The most important thing when printing with Blurb is… WAIT FOR A COUPON. They have a sale every month, so design your book and wait for that 40% off code.

Here are some videos of the books that I’ve made...

1 MONTH IN PATAGONIA (13 x 11 Flatlay + Premium Lustre Paper)

This paper is similar to the cover of a thick magazine like Architectural Digest. It is matte and definitely looks better with color images. Love the layflat style for large images.

EXPLORING JAPAN (8 x 10 Hardcover + Premium Matte Paper)

This paper has a slight sheen and makes all images jump off the page. It is a much thinner weight than the first. (I wanted to make a 150-page book so I had to go with an option that wasn’t too bulky).


Less is more. Pick the best images to tell the story and blow them up. Pages with more than 3 images can get really overwhelming. For the best images, go for a full 2-page spread.

Narrate. The captions to your images are so valuable. This is the part that many people dread because it takes a while. But years from now, you’ll be so glad to have a visual AND written record.

Make a collage. I’m very sentimental but hate clutter. The solution — I scan in my old bus tickets, airline stubs and hotel napkins to create an album that is deeply personal. You would be surprised how great the collage looks in between the pages of photos.

For more inspiration, check out Blub’s client gallery.