First Canvas! A Photobox Review

I have been umming and ahhing about wanting to get some of my photos printed on canvas for a while now, but I never really had the spare cash hanging around. Luckily for me, Photobox got in contact and asked if I’d like to review one of their products. Of course I jumped at the chance, and I am now the proud owner of a Softthistle Photography canvas print of my very own!

Photobox’s site is very easy to get around. You do have to register (for free), but then I think that’s the case with most photo-production websites anyway, you are uploading photos after all.

Now when if comes to printing out photos, the larger the photo’s size, the better the quality. There is a limit of 10MB per photo, but that’s more than enough to get a decent print, even a large one. Just in case you haven’t realised that you’ve uploaded the smaller size at first, they have a handy tool that will tell you if the image is good enough for the size of print or canvas you are wanting to purchase.

Something I really liked was that I could crop the picture somewhat to the positioning I liked. It also meant that I knew the photo I would be hanging in my living room wouldn’t be cut off in random places for example.

Another happy moment for me was that I could pay with Paypal instead of having to go find where I’d put my card.

Wait a minute, I hear you say, didn’t Photobox say they were giving you a canvas? That they were, however I got a couple of extra regular prints too, and you have to add on the £7.50 delivery for a canvas.

Now, what was I saying? Oh yes, Paypal makes me a happy bunny.

While choosing the delivery service, I couldn’t help but be a bit miffed that although I could pay extra for a courier delivery, it would still take five working days for my canvas to be made. I am a stay at home mum, so I wasn’t bothered about it not arriving straight away (I have enough on my plate, right?), but I would have been happier to have the choice to pay a bit more for the canvas to be made and sent sooner.

Anyway, here we are six days after ordering my canvas online.

I got an email on Monday from Photobox saying that the canvas had been shipped, and I could track it on the Royal Mail website. There was a reference number, but when I copy/pasted it in, I got this coming up: “The reference number does not use the correct format. Please check and try again”. I could have called up Photobox about it, but quite frankly I didn’t have the time, bad reviewer, I’m sorry!

Yesterday passed and I wasn’t sure if while going to take/pick up my son from school I would miss a delivery. Luckily there were no wee cards pushed through the door to confirm that fear.

Today, at about lunch time, my package arrived. Hurrah!

It was bloody well wrapped that’s for sure.

Took me about 10 minutes to get the flippin thing out, as I was having to be careful – I didn’t want to damage it!

Covered in bubble wrap, and with another plastic cover around the canvas, it was definitely safe, and well labeled too.

The finished product is now hanging on my wall, and I’m really pleased with it.

The light in my living room is awful, sorry bout that, but the canvas is really well made. It’s a 60×30.5cm canvas, usually used for panoramics, but I just knew it would be perfect for this photo of Zack.

So, the nitty gritty.

The price, well it’s usually £49.99 for this particular size of canvas, but Photobox often have offers on with their products, and I managed to get it for £34.99. That plus delivery put me to just over £40, which I reckon is well worth it.

The quality is really good,

it was delivered with hanging materials,

printed on heavyweight 100% cotton canvas,

it’s hand stretched over a 3.8cm deep wooden frame, which is in really good condition.

And Zack’s reaction?”Oh my GOD that’s ME!! It’s AWESOME!” followed by posing like he is in the photo.

I will buy from Photobox again. I liked how much I could ‘customise’ how the photo would look blown up, the quality is superb, and one day I want to have my entire house covered with photos of my own.

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31 Comments

  1. September 1, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    I love the canvas I got from photobox. I agree that the quality is excellent and the process of making it was very easy. I will definitely use them again although I have to work out how to get a canvas that is big enough for my liking. I found these a little small.

  2. Sharon
    September 1, 2010 / 1:30 pm

    This is so funny, I also blogged today about my canvas and metallic prints that I had done and are now on my wall. That is a lovely shot of your Zack!

  3. September 1, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    Oh yes, you definitely need to get them printed out BIG! It’s worth it though, tis gorgeous. 🙂

  4. September 1, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    Thanks Sharon, good minds think alike I guess huh? Yours are gorgeous! 🙂

  5. September 1, 2010 / 3:29 pm

    Lovely photo and I like the look of the canvases. They would make great Christmas presents.

  6. September 1, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    I love canvas prints, I get a lot of clients asking for them, but I think the price puts them off lol
    I’ve ordered a photobook from photobox to review I am dying to see it!

  7. September 1, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    It looks GREAT:) Jen

  8. Sharon
    September 1, 2010 / 4:16 pm

    Thanks, definitely great minds thinking alike here 🙂 Awesomeness is us! 😛

  9. September 1, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    They would! Always get the biggest canvas you can afford, the little ones just don’t do photos justice, and you’d be better off getting a regular print of the same size. 😉

  10. September 1, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    Oooh I can’t wait to read your review, I was swithering between the canvas and the photobook! 🙂

  11. September 1, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    Thanks! I’m so chuffed with it. 😀

  12. September 1, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    *trying not to be jealous*

    So want to get a photo of mine put onto canvas but just cant afford it these days. Single mummy finances cant half suck when it comes to unnessercary purchases such as canvases. Gotta say though it does look bloody awesome! Might have to find a way!

  13. September 1, 2010 / 7:55 pm

    Just put away a couple of quid a week, by Christmas (or new year… hello sales!) you can treat yourself. 😉 plus you get 40 free 6×4 prints just by making an account, so you could do summit with that. Your very own collage!
    I know how hard the single mummy finances can be. In fact the only reason we’re living more comfortably now is because Max’s DLA came through. Would rather be struggling and him be fine though. *sigh*

  14. September 1, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    Great review. I so want one. Well done. x

  15. September 1, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    They’re doing 2 for 1 till friday… well worth it, you should go have a look see! (this is totally me saying that, don’t get paid for referring anyone or anything like that btw!) 🙂
    How was Cowal Games? I would love to go back one year, but I don’t think it’ll be till the boys are grown up and D n I could go just the two of us. lol 🙂

  16. September 1, 2010 / 9:12 pm

    That looks amazing! I totally have to get some of those for my house!

  17. September 2, 2010 / 11:56 am

    I’m addicted now… planning my next canvas already! 😉

  18. September 2, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Thanks Mich! I’m loving it, planning my next canvas already hehe 😉

  19. September 2, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Thanks sweety! 🙂 xx

  20. September 3, 2010 / 12:46 am

    I’ve never been able to claim the 40 free prints – I just bought 25 6×4 and the site said I could use credits but wouldn’t let me 🙁

    Your canvas is fab – must get my ass out there and see it for real.

  21. September 3, 2010 / 5:13 am

    Gorgeous picture, looks great on the canvas, might have to get one of J done…….. but which picture??? 🙂

  22. September 3, 2010 / 7:46 am

    It is gorgeous, I wish I’d done it sooner! 😀

  23. September 3, 2010 / 7:47 am

    Ahh that was the hardest bit, trying to decide on a photo! LOL 🙂

  24. September 3, 2010 / 1:10 pm

    Yes, yes you must! Mondays are my only Max-free days from now on as D’s in college tues-fri, so whenever you’re free next we should go do Maza! 😉

  25. September 3, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    Beautiful!

    I have 3 canvases on my wall but I was not clever enough to do them myself! Here we have ‘canvas’ parties where a rep from the company collects your photos at a small get together and you pay your money, pick the size (and crop) and they send you a confirmation email image then it arrives on your doorstep!

    I would have picked that image as well!

  26. September 3, 2010 / 3:37 pm

    Oooh those parties sound like fun! 🙂 x

  27. September 3, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    Oh wow it is STUNNING!

  28. September 3, 2010 / 10:53 pm

    Thanks sweety, that means a lot coming from you! 🙂 xx

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