A little review time for the Saal Digital photobook. At the start of every year I like to get my best images from the previous year and have them printed in a book. I personally think that it’s a better way to look at photographs compared to looking at them on a screen. So it’s good to try out a product from a company I hadn’t previously used or even heard about until I saw an advert on Facebook. Having just returned from Spain I was looking forward to trying this new opportunity out.
If you’re thinking of doing this and using Saal then the first thing you have to do is download the software. This is the usual easy task, quick download and quick installation.
On opening the software you get the options screen which is what you see above and off screen is options for photo gifts, business products and sample and test print. Also a money off code has kicked in on my version.
The photobooks section gives you the different size options for your chosen book. I’ve went for the A4 landscape version.
Next screen gives you the different options for your covering, your paper type, gift boxes and the amount of pages. I have went for the smallest amount of 26 and will add pages if I need to.
The fun begins and it’s time to throw some photographs at the software but first I need a book cover. There’s a few different options you can have different photos on the front and back I’ve decided to go for one stretched across the whole book.
Adding the images to your book is easy, you simply drag from your folder on the bottom left to the box where you want to place your image. All the boxes can be moved around and stretched to fit however you want. On the right you have your design layout with a few options to choose from, I’ve went for simple as we’ve not recently had a baby crocodile!
You can have from 1 image on your page/pages to 21! So you could fit a fair amount over the standard 26 pages.
In my first draft I had originally put a little gripe here about editing your images in the Saal software. I’ve since discovered that you can soft proof your file in Lightroom so I’ll give that a go over the next couple of days.
Lightroom soft proof has been done, I wish I’d had a proper look at the website now as I would have edited my files this way rather than use the camera JPEGS.
As I type this review I’ve just finished my book around about 21:00 on the 5th of August(a Friday) now I’ve just got to sit back and wait for the finished article to drop through the door. It’s coming via DHL so it will be a workplace delivery.
Whilst waiting I’ve checked out Saal’s Facebook page I noticed when I searched there’s a few different language versions available so they do cater for everyone.
The book was delivered very quickly from Germany on the 10th of August so not bad for a product ordered on a Friday night. The pages are of a high quality and the images look pretty good.
All the images are sharp and vibrant, the layout of each page is just as I had set it in the software. For the quality and speed of service you really can’t complain.
For a book of this size and with the pages I used it costs around about forty quid and postage was a decent £4.50.
Forty bucks might be a bit pricey for some folk but it is a high quality product you get. I have had cheaper prints in the past and some of the images have come back cropped. This might be ok for your holiday snaps but if you’re maybe using this as an option for recording a special event then you know that what you upload is what you will get back just as you want it.
Think about how many photos you’ve lost over the years thrown away on dead hard drives, old phones and dusty old PCs, the Saal software is a quick and easy way to keep them forever.