“I love Google Photos backup, but I still like to print photo books for the home or for relatives. Help!”
I’ve actually gotten this question many times, so I figured I’d write a quick blog post about one of the options I recently stumbled upon. If you are not using Google Photos yet, you are missing out. Check out, “Take Control of your Camera Roll with Google Photos,” before proceeding.
There may be many photo book printing options that allow you to pull from your Google Photos, but I am only discussing one of them today. You do NOT need to download all of your photos and then upload them back to a site like Shutterfly. Full disclaimer – I do not print photos except for maybe school pictures once per year….and photo books? I just don’t have the patience to put them together. However, I know that they are still a popular gift and keepsake and the tradition of making them is still alive and well in many families. So, I hope this information is helpful for all of you photo book people!
The option I am recommending today is Pastbook. Follow the directions below, if you’d like to try it out!
Since I rarely print photos, I don’t know if Pastbook’s prices are reasonable or not and I haven’t actually printed a book to check the quality. However, it appears that they have good reviews, offer free shipping and even offer a free ebook download.
I hope this information is helpful. If you end up using Pastbook, please let me know what you think in the comments below!
P.S. The reason why I didn’t share other options is pretty simple. The second site I checked was Mixbook. I was able to pull my Google Photos AutoBackup by linking my Picasa/Google account in Mixbook. However, the photos were all in ONE folder entitled “Auto Backup” and it would have taken forever to sift through them all. If you want to use Mixbook to print photo books and would like to pull photos from Google Photos, you’d have to go into Picasa and organize your auto backup into folders. I don’t recommend this option because you have to download Picasa to your computer and it’s just an unnecessary step, in my opinion. Pastbook is a much easier choice!