Walmart Photo’s software is based on Snapfish (as is CVS Photo), but Walmart has none of the creative flexibility of Snapfish, just a handful of its tools and options, and many of its frustrations. Also, Walmart’s photo book, card, and calendar aren’t impressive. Although the prices are comparatively low, you get what you pay for. Spend a little more with Mixbook or Printique, for great, flexible software and much better print quality. Or, if you’re on a budget, look forward to regular discounts on Mixbook.
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Walmart review: pricing
Walmart Photo Book
Our 8 x 8-inch hardcover test book costs $ 17.57. Other glossy hardcover book sizes include 5 x 7 ($ 13.57) and 12 x 12 ($ 34.37). Hard covers with matte covers start at $ 18.96 for a 5 x 7-inch book. Softcover books range from 5 x 7 inches for $ 10.96 to 8 x 11 inches for $ 18.96. Additional style books include an 8 x 11-inch leather cover for $ 21.96, an 8 x 11-inch linen cover for $ 18.96, an 11 x 14-inch glossy flat cover for $ 54.96, and a premium mini flat cover. 4 x 4-inch for $ 11.96.
Our 8 x 11-inch trial 12-month center sheet wall calendar is $ 17.47. Other sizes available are 11 x 14 inches ($ 25.86) and 12 x 12 inches ($ 22.42), plus a 10 x 5-inch folding desk calendar ($ 13.84).
Walmart photo card
A 5 x 7-inch card on premium cardstock costs 87 cents, regardless of how much you order. Printed envelopes with your return address are included. Specialty edge trims cost 10 cents each for rounded corners and 20 cents each for “fancy” or scalloped trims.
Walmart review: software
Walmart’s software lacks more than it offers. The software has no optional borders, shadows, shapes, clipping, or clipart library.
Clipart and decorative text that are part of any book, calendar, or card template are permanently fixed in place. While we were unable to remove, move, or add photos to any page, we could use the optional layouts to change the number of photos allowed. Unfortunately, the layouts are boring, with the still photo placeholders set firmly on a horizontal / vertical grid that cannot be altered. You also can’t add images simply by dragging and dropping. Also, you must delete photos that you have placed on a page before you can apply a new layout.
The book interface has only a few layouts, which meant that if we wanted a three-photo book page, we were limited to just one layout. On the other hand, the calendar interface has a few hundred, ranging from just text to ten photos per page. Our card had only two layouts for the front (a choice between landscape or landscape orientation) and 19 for the back, spread over a wide range, from just text to 12 photos per page.
A recent improvement is that you can now change the background color, but only if your template has solid colored backgrounds instead of gradients or patterns. For my book template, that meant I could change the background color of my book’s spine and nothing else.
With all these limits, I was pleasantly surprised that I could add text anywhere in my projects. And the text tool has most of the options you’d expect. Additionally, Walmart uses a full 24-bit selector, as well as HEX or RGB designation. The same recently used colors are displayed on both the solid background and text windows for consistency.
Walmart’s calendar software now allows you to change the calendar grid background from white to a solid color. However, since our selected calendar template uses pattern backgrounds for the top page (which cannot be sampled or changed), and the top and bottom of a month are displayed separately, we were unable to determine what background color should. choose. the date grid to match or blend with the top page. It was safer to leave the grid page blank.
Walmart review: print quality
Walmart Photo Book
The Walmart photo book looks and feels cheap. Final papers are black textured paper, no flyleaf. Even after we opened it a couple of times, the binding started to separate.
Semi-gloss paper is a bit thin and has a soft feel. The photos have a red-orange color shift that was not attractive in some images. Dynamic range suppressed, with some loss of detail in shadows and reduced contrast overall. And some photos are a bit soft. The letter has some bleeding in the margins and the edges are slightly ragged.
The photos on our Walmart calendar were mixed. In some, the color was attractive, although warmer than the originals. In others, the skin tones had an unpleasant orange shift. While sharpness is generally good, several images show loss of detail in the shadows. The dot pattern is remarkable magnifying what is already an irregular type. The paper is thick and smooth, but it feels cheap.
Walmart photo cards
While not great, our Walmart card has an above-average print quality. Photos were sharp with good contrast, although colors turned yellow. The guy had messy edges and ink leaks. The smooth paper was heavy and pleasant to the touch.
Please note: The print quality reviews above do not apply to Walmart cards or calendars that are printed at the store, so pick them up within one day. These are simply one-sided photographic prints (for cards) and bound single-sided photographic enlargements (for calendars).
Walmart review: verdict
Walmart’s photo products are priced for the budget conscious, though not as low as Costco Photo Center. The software has little to be desired. And given the below-average quality of the photos in our book and calendar, we can’t recommend buying yours at Walmart. However, our Walmart card has slightly better photo quality than Costco’s.
So if you’re on a tight budget and don’t mind creating a personalized card, a Walmart photo card might be the right choice for you. But for anyone who wants to enjoy creating a totally custom book, calendar, or card, check out Mixbook or Printique for flexible, versatile software and high-quality printing. If you want to save money, look forward to Mixbook’s frequent discounts and coupons.