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Amanda Schauer
January 06, 2021

The Best Holiday Photo Book Service

The Best Holiday Photo Book Service

The Best Holiday Photo Book Service

PrintingCenterUSA Photo Books Overview

High-quality, softcover, perfect bound photo books with lots of design options while maintaining ease of use.

Custom photo books: Yes | Themes: 30

Theme Options: Family, Baby, Wedding, Travel, Coffee Table, Everyday

Cover Paper Options: Gloss Cover (100#, 80#, 10PT, 12PT, 14PT), Matte Cover (100#, 80#, 10PT, 12PT, 14PT), Uncoated Cover (80#), C1S Cover (10PT, 12PT)

Cover Coating: Soft Touch Lamination, UV Gloss Coating

Inside Paper Options: Glossy (100#, 80#, 70#), Matte (100#, 80#, 70#), Uncoated (70#, 60#)

Sizes: Landscape (11x8.5, 8.5x5.5, 9x6), Square (6x6, 8x8, 12x12), Portrait (4.25x11, 5.5x8.5, 8.5x11, 6x9, A4, A5, A6)

+ High Quality Prints

+ Easy to Use Software

+ Free Clip Art and Backgrounds

- No Hardcover Options (Yet)


Photo Book Ordering

Ordering your 2021 holiday photo book from PrintingCenterUSA is fast, easy, and affordable. If you already have your print-ready PDF file ready, all you have to do is input your product specifications into our pricing tool, upload your files, and submit your order. If you prefer to create your product online, no problem! Our quick and easy photo book design software makes that simple! We have our most popular 6 themes available on our photobook page, ready for customization. Simply choose your size, binding type, and theme. Then upload your photos and get creative!

You can order as few as 5 photo books per order, or up to as many photo books as you want! Photobooks start at 20 pages + cover pages. Each additional numbered page is about $0.25 (front and back page is about $0.50).


Photo Book Themes

PrintingCenterUSA offers 30 themes for you to choose from: perfect for your wedding, coffee table, art, picture, photography, vacation, memory, holiday, New Year’s­­, or travel photo book! All of our themes are customizable so that you can change the background color, photo placement, text, and more. They can be used as a stepping off point for your photo book, or if you would like to just fill in the theme with your photos, you will be sure to get a book that you and your family will love! If you don’t see a theme that you love, you can create your own design from scratch. Choose our blank template and get ready for the ultimate customization!

Photo Book Themes with PrintingCenterUSA


Photo Book Design Software

Our design software provides users the flexibility they need to create their perfect photo book. The software is easy to use for all ages. If you need more help, simply click the button at the top right that says ‘Help’ to take a tour of the design tool’s functionality. It’s simple to upload photos, add text, update your background, and more!

Photo Book Design Software with PrintingCenterUSA Help Button



You can choose to upload your photos from your computer or connect to Facebook and download your photos from your profile. Images only take seconds to upload (depending on file size) and they are easy to drag and drop into the theme layout. Once in the photobook, you can choose to rotate, pan, or zoom/ crop your photo so that it is exactly where you want it to be.

Don’t worry about resolution! If your photo resolution is too low, a red exclamation point will show up on the top left corner of the photo and a warning will appear on the page that will encourage you to replace the photo for one that has a higher DPI to ensure a good print quality. Remember, we recommend all of our photos have a DPI of 300 or higher. If the software is giving you a warning, your photo may look blurry or fuzzy when printed.

Photo Book Online Design Tool PrintingCenterUSA Photo Resolution Error



Once you choose your theme there will be sections already available on the photobook layout to input text, but you can also choose to add more text boxes if you want. We have over 100 different fonts for you to choose from. You can customize the size of your text, make it bold, italicized, or underlined, change the color, or even add an outline.

Text Editor in PrintingCenterUSA's Online Photo Book Design Tool



Our layouts give plenty of pre-made photo and text options for you to choose from. This can include photos on just one page, or a photo spread (please note that photo spreads are not recommended for Perfect Bound photo books). You can choose your layout based on the number of images that you would like the page to have. Once you see the layout that you like, just click it and it will appear on the page that you have selected.

Layouts Available with PrintingCenterUSA's Online Photo Book Design Tool



Many of our themes come with a background ready to go, but this is completely customizable! Our backgrounds are sorted into 9 different categories: plain colors, designer’s picks, classic, modern, baby, polka dots and lines, retro, holidays, and gradient. If you want, you can even upload your own background as an image! To do this, go to the photo tab, upload your background as a JPG or PNG, and drag the background onto the page where you would like it to be. It is going to appear as a single image but wait! Here’s where the magic happens. Click on the button under the image that says Background and it will become the background of the page. If you want it to be spread across two pages, click spread. If you decide that you don’t want that background after all, you can either replace it with a background from the backgrounds tab or click minimize and it will turn back into a photo.

How to Make a Custom Background Or Spread from PrintingCenterUSA's Online Photo Book Design Tool



On the Boarders tab, you can choose to add a boarder to any of your photos. Unless you add a border, your photobook pictures will be added with no boarder. You can choose to add a simple colored boarder by choosing the width and color of the boarder, or you can choose some of our fancier boarders from our free selection. (If you want to make your photo a circle, this is where you would go to do that).

Borders Available for PrintingCenterUSA Online Photo Book Design Tool



We offer a wide selection of free clipart for our customers to enjoy. These include dividers, Christmas, animals, thank you text, and more! Whatever occasion you are creating your photo book for, you can find nice little touches to add in our clipart tab. If you want more customization, the black clipart objects can be customized to be whatever color you want. The colored clipart will remain the same colors that you see.

Clipart Options on PrintingCenterUSA Online Design Tool



If you are looking for the design tool to do the heavy lifting for you, the style tab is where you want to go! These are where our predetermined background, text, and color options are. This is great if you don’t have a lot of design experience, but you still want to create a beautiful holiday photo book. Just select the style that you want, and it will update your pages for you.

Style Options on PrintingCenterUSA Online Design Tool



The filter page is great to make some quick color adjustments to your photos. We offer greyscale, sepia tones, oversaturated, undersaturated, and more! Please note that our design software is not a photo editing software. Any in-depth photo edits should be done in Photoshop or another software prior to uploading your photos to your photo book.

Filters Available on PrintingCenterUSA Online Photo Book Design Tool


Binding Types

Perfect Bound

Our recommended binding type for your 2021 holiday photo book is softcover perfect bound. This binding has a minimum page count of 20 pages plus cover and a maximum thickness of 2”. This binding will give you a professional square spine that you can print on if you have a thick enough book!

To calculate your spine thickness, see our handy spine calculating tool: Click Here.


Saddle Stitch

Softcover saddle stitch is an affordable option for a more casual photo book. It is bound together by staples, which can be seen from the spine of the book. It can have a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 92 pages. This option is great if you are looking to have a photo book with lots of spreads across pages because none of the image will be cut off by the spine.



When printing with PrintingCenterUSA, the minimum quantity for a perfect bound photo book order is 5 books. You can get a free quote for your order by using our pricing tool and entering your product specifications. For the example quotes below we will be creating an 8.5 x 11, 36-page, full color photo book on 100# Gloss text cover and insides and taking advantage of PrintingCenterUSA’s Wait & Save production option. Our prices are subject to change and shipping is NOT included.

  • Perfect Bound Minimum Quantity (5) Price Per Photo Book: $15.19
  • Perfect Bound Quantity (1,000) Price Per Photo Book: $2.56
  • Saddle Stitch Minimum Quantity (5) Price Per Photo Book: $20.67
  • Saddle Stitch Quantity (1,000) Price Per Photo Book: $1.96


What is the best size for a photo book?

The most popular size for a photo book is 8.5” x 11” but another great option is 8” x 8”. Not only is this square layout unique, it will allow for your photos to be the main focus of your book without any extra frills. When choosing which size, you want your photo books to be, think about how many photos you want to be on each page. If you would like multiple photos per page, go for a larger size. If you would rather have one quality photo per page, you can choose a smaller size.

PrintingCenterUSA offers the following sizes for our online photo book design tool:

  • 5” x 11” (Portrait)
  • 5” x 8.5” (Portrait)
  • 6” x 9” (Portrait)
  • 25” x 11” (Portrait)
  • 5” x 5.5” (Landscape)
  • 9” x 6” (Landscape)
  • 6” x 6” (Square)
  • 8” x 8” (Square)

In addition to the sizes to the left, PrintingCenterUSA also accepts the following sizes if you are uploading a print-ready PDF file:

  • A4 (8.27” x 11.69”) – Portrait
  • A5 (5.83” x 8.27”) - Portrait
  • A6 (4.13” x 5.83”) - Portrait
  • 11” x 8.5” – Landscape
  • 12” x 12” – Square


Photo Book Sizes Available through PrintingCenterUSA


Who has the best quality photo books?

PrintingCenterUSA prides itself on creating beautiful, high-quality photobooks every time. We hope that you will choose to print with us for your next project!

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Photo Book Shipping Deadlines

Here are the latest dates that you should order your photobooks by to have them arrive before the holiday. (This is assuming you approve your proof the day you receive it. We are using our standard production time and 3-day shipping for the following estimates. You can place an order with faster production times and shipping times, but it costs more.)

2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines with PrintingCenterUSA

2021 Memorial Day (Monday, May 31st, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): May 8th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): May 14th, 2021


2021 Independence Day (Sunday, July 4th, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): June 17th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): June 23rd, 2021


2021 Labor Day (Monday, September 6th, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): August 21st, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): August 27th, 2021


2021 Veterans Day (Thursday, November 11th, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): October 26th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): November 1st, 2021


2021 Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 25th, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): November 8th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): November 15th, 2021


2021 Christmas (Friday, December 24th, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): December 8th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): December 14th, 2021


2021 New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31st, 2021)

  • Bulk Order (1,000 or more): December 14th, 2021
  • Short-Run Order (Less than 1,000): December 18th, 2021

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