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Sustainable Prospects – Photographic Product Review

In late October, I was asked by Saal Digital to take part in a photo book product test.  For transparency, the photobook was provided to my specification and design, but I am not being paid to promote the company. I was given a voucher to cover most of the cost of the book and I paid the balance of the book I ordered.

Firstly, I downloaded their Design Software and was able to quickly and easily choose options to suit my Equine Landscapes project. There is a diverse range of design options, quality of print mediums, and templates available to use. The design process took less than 30 minutes to complete. The screenshots of the design pages are below:

© Jo Sutherst 2017 – Copying or redistributing these images is not permitted without express written permission.

To really test the quality that Saal could provide, the specification I chose to order was:

Photobook XT (extra thick) 19 x 19 Spreads: matte photo paper, 20 pages Cover: leather sapphire black, cover padding: padded, without barcode

Delivery was fast.  It took just over a week from ordering to delivery. This is quite impressive considering it has come from Germany.

So my first impressions were good. The book was delivered well protected in the packaging. The leather cover is absolutely gorgeous. The extra cover padding gives it a luxurious and expensive feel. The texture of the leather enhanced the tactile feel of the cover. The print on the cover is sharp and of a very high quality.

The XL pages I chose are an incredible 1.08mm thick and printed on 600gsm paper. The thickness adds to the feeling of quality. The matte finish works perfectly with my images, the colour reproduction is excellent, and the printed images are bright. The images are beautifully detailed and clear.

The lay-flat binding feels very secure and is very neat. I chose not to have any images placed across the binding but having seen the quality Saal produced I would be very confident that this would offer high-quality images, adding flexibility in the design.

A video of the actual photo book is below.

Overall, I was blown away by the quality and service offered by Saal Digital. In comparison to other photo books I have previously ordered, the price and quality of Saal Digital products is exceptional. I will certainly be using Saal Digital for my next photo books and am also looking forward to purchasing some of the other products that they offer.

Find this photo book and other products for sale at

@SaalDigitaluk @saaldigital_uk #saaldigitaluk

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