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.