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sara vee , Mar 13, 2007; 06:11 p.m.

Hi,

Can anyone who has used graphistudio for their albums comment on the quality and customer support? I've heard mixed reviews and would like more feedback before trying them out. I already have prices and have seen one sample. I've heard they are also changing their prices (soon?). I'd appreciate any of your comments.

If you don't like graphi, then do you have a recommendation for an alternate album company that has similar or better product & price?

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John Givens - Virginia , Mar 13, 2007; 07:34 p.m.

I certainly have not used every album out there but...some input on the ones I have. For primary albums, you can't beat Leather Craftsmen if you're looking for leather or fabric covers with a fairly flexible page (not stiff). For photo covers, you need to look at VisionArt Books, Asuka (for slim coffee-table books), or White Glove Books...for metal covers...look elsewhere. Graphi has all these types of covers and that's one thing I think makes them unique. They also have some very good alternatives in parent and guest duplicate books.

As far as service...VisionArt is outstanding! Beyond the call.

Barry Davis - St. Louis, Missouri , Mar 13, 2007; 09:02 p.m.

i have Graphi's sample album (delivered late last year as a incentive), and I just recently sent files to them to do a 9.5 x 13 album...I also had them create the album, which i'm not too impressed with...Either I'm getting good with my designs or they subscribed the effort to a new album designer, anyways, I just was hoing for a bit more pizazz...If you do use them, do your own design. The books are lovely and most upper end Wedding photographers in this area (ST Louis) use them. I just rec'd my Zook book 10x15,,,Almond leather cover,,,and it was my own design...I absolutely love it and I think its on par with Graphi just less cost! Send me an email if you need more info or more candid discussion.

Chris Vincent , Mar 14, 2007; 05:47 a.m.

I used them for the first time last summer and plan to use them for two upcoming weddings.

I designed the album myself using DG Foto Art Gold. I felt that British taste is more conservative than the design service they offer. Plus I wanted to be able to mess around with the design and give my client the chance to comment before printing.

I sent the files via ftp over broadband. This took ages as ADSL broadband upload is by definition much slower than download. In future I would just send a disc.

Production progress is visible via their website.

Delivery took about 4 weeks as the sept/oct time is their busiest as all the summer work starts arriving.

Quality is fantastic and the client and their friends are knocked out by it. It is a 30x40 album so double page spreads are 60x40, which is impressive.

I'm waiting to see their new pricing structure as I would not have used them without the 2006 discounts I was offerd.

Next time I will increase the colour saturation slightly as the printed pages are slightly less vibrant than the proofs I made on my R2400. This is not a criticism, just me learning the workflow.

I have looked at a couple of UK graphi-clone products and although they are invariable less expensive, the quality of the binding and finisheing lets them down every time.

In short - so far, so good.

Paul Sokal - Dallas, TX , Mar 14, 2007; 09:42 a.m.

Chris, I assume you're talking centimeters not inches. I can't image a five foot wide wedding album. But who knows? As fat as we Americans are becoming, we may need that. :-)

Jo Schow , Mar 14, 2007; 11:47 a.m.

I will be receiving my first album tomorrow. I desinged my own and sent the files on a CD. As far as customer service goes, I have had numerous questions about the book and each time I emailed my representative, within a few minutes to an hour, he called me with the information I needed. I have also read complaints about the customer service so I was sure to send everything they needed in a way that was very clear and straightforward so there wouldn't be any question as to what I wanted. They also send a confirmation that you approve or fix before they even get started. I hope to write again tomorrow to tell you how beautiful the book turned out:)

Chris Vincent , Mar 14, 2007; 02:28 p.m.

centimetres. Us Brits are gradually having metric beaten into us. Its not all plain sailing though. I've just had a delivery of 50cm x 40 cm frames with 12 inch x 8 inch aperture mounts.

Jur Mellies , Mar 14, 2007; 08:11 p.m.

GraphiStudio mailed me their prices a few weeks ago...ppfew...they are expensive... For some years now I have my 'magazine-style' albums made by my photolab. Same principle, pages made out of Kodak Endura papers, 60+ covermaterials to choose from, 8 different sizes. On request they deliver me the books without the cover. I then can send them to my local bookbinder for 'special'covers....like a cover made out of the material of the brides dress....for example...or whatever the B&G desires. I don't know what Graphistudio charges their cliƫnts in the States, cause I reside in The Netherlands. I am really curious! Are there not vendors in states who deliver albums like Graphistudio's?

Bakari Chavanu , Mar 15, 2007; 04:23 a.m.

I had my first book done with them back in December and ending having to send it back they didn't carefully read and respond to the changes I requested. While I appreciate the introductory deals I got from them, I had problems with the process. They were trying to charge me for the requested changes when clearly the changes were about mistakes they made. The overall design they did of the book was good, but I think it would be better to do my own designing and have greater control.

And I agree, the books are very expensive. Mainly for high end clients. I heard that Oprah gets her books done through GraphiStudio.

Jo Schow , Mar 15, 2007; 03:55 p.m.

Hi all, I just received my first GraphiStudio book and it's beyond my expectations. I'm so happy with it I am going to order a copy for my studio sample collection. I went through it page by page and there is nothing I could find fault with. I designed it myself and it's 86 pages. I do have one complaint but it has to do with my choice of cover. If I had it to do over, I would not get the silk cover. I ordered it because I thought the silk would give it more vibrancy than another choice. The result is just the opposite. The silk is probably a natural color rather than white.


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