Happy New year everyone!
Recently, I got the oppurtunity to do a product testing for Saal-Digital(http://www.saal-digital.co.uk/) photobook and here is my review.
I have used Photobox and Snapfish products extensively for personal and commision works, but what I got from Saal-Digital was class apart in terms of print quality and binding. I opted for 28 * 19(A4 landscape) 30 pages photobook with glossy spread. The software for designing the layout has to be downloaded and can be used offline. It was pretty straight-forward with lot of pre-defined templates. I opted for full page custom design without borders as that suited my photos which are having more shadows in it than highlights so borders will be a bit distracting. Post-design process and payment were seamless. One thing which I liked most about Saal-Digital is their customer support. My voucher had an expiry date of 2 weeks, which was already over by the time I started designing the album(thanks to my wonderful procrastination abilities) but they were kind enough to extend it!
I got the print within 4 days from order and was absolutely satisfied with the print quality, binding and finish. The colour reproduction in print was absolutely spot on and was way beyond my expectations. I opted to print my first photo story based on an ancient temple dance form in Kerala, Krishnanattam(http://www.huesandtones.com/krishnanattam). The backstage shots were all created using only available lights to bring out the realistic looks and I could exactly see that in print. Green, red , yellow and black were the predominant colours I had used in almost all photographs and I had spent great amount of time in making sure its colour callibrated in post production.
I am extremely delighted with my experience of using Saal-digital and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality photo album. Pricing is very reasonable compared to other products in the market and quality doesn't come cheap either!