Choose from our selection of the best photo cards for weddings, birthdays, holidays and more. We've tested five of the best photo card suppliers and then reviewed them on their creator tool, speed of shipping and quality of product.
No matter whether you need to thank someone, invite them to your wedding, celebrate their birthday, or wish them a Merry Christmas, the simple greetings card is one of the most versatile gifts around. However, why buy a cookie cutter generic card, when you could surprise your recipient with a unique and heartfelt photo card instead, featuring one of your own photographs?
We've put five photo card websites to the test to see which one offers the best results. Each website offers a range of designs to suit any situation you can think of. We used the same images on each website and tried to create similar designs to make the test as fair as possible. We tested each supplier to see how well their creator tool worked, and whether there were any bugs or glitches.
We also took note of how fast the product shipped and how well it was packaged. Our final criteria focused on the quality of the photo card, including color reproduction accuracy, the finish of the printing and whether there were any marks or defects on the personalized greeting card.
Best photo cards
• CEWE Photoworld
• Moon Pig
Infinite design options and available worldwide
Mixbook is one of the most prolific photo finishing product providers, supplying photo books, photo cards and more to customers all over the world. Their extensive experience definitely shows on their website, as Mixbook offers one of the best ranges of photo card designs out of the providers we tested. Plus, not only do Mixbook offer a wide range of designs, they also feel very stylish and modern.
The shipping was reasonably fast, and Mixbook had provided very substantial packaging with a plastic film envelope protecting the card inside a sturdy cardboard package (we're unsure whether the plastic film envelope was recyclable).
Print quality is really the only area where Mixbook could improve. The finish of the printing was very matte, which meant that the colors felt a little dull. The images printed inside the card also had some light scratches/ marks. However, despite these issues, we were still happy with our Mixbook photo card.
2. CEWE Photoworld
Small in stature, but big on quality
CEWE Photoworld offers hundreds of photo card designs, covering everything from weddings, birthdays, baby announcements and more. We were happy with most of the photo card designs, but we did feel a few of them were a little bit dated.
The shipping was suitably speedy, and the cards were well-protected in the packaging. Where CEWE Photoworld's service really shone was in the quality of the cards. The colors of each photo were printed accurately and each image was nicely sharp and vibrant. The cards were a little smaller than we were expecting, but overall we were incredibly impressed with the printing quality of CEWE Photoworld's photo cards.
Our only quibbles with CEWE Photoworld's service were that you could only buy cards in packs of 10, and their cards are only available in the UK. If their service covered more countries and you could buy single cards, they would definitely be our choice for number one.
Great designs, but printing could be better
Snapfish offers some great photo card designs, and we were also very impressed with the creator tool. It was fantastic for fine-tuning our design – we especially liked the fact that the text editor flagged up any potential spelling errors, as this will help prevent any disappointing mistakes once the printed version arrives.
The shipping was reasonably fast, arriving on the same day as most of our other cards. However, we were a bit concerned with the packaging, as it was a flimsy thin cardboard envelope. The card inside it was laid flat and pre-creased so that we could fold it in half ourselves.
Unfortunately, whether this was due to the packaging or the printing process, our card arrived slightly damaged. While there was nothing huge marring the card, three out of the four corners were dogeared and there was a noticeable crease on the back cover.
There was also an issue with the alignment of the images on the card, with the front photo spilling out onto the back. The logo and text at the bottom of the back cover were also cut off by the bottom in another example of poor alignment. In addition, we felt that the colors of the printed photos were quite desaturated and dull.
Decent quality, but printed images were edited
While we liked a lot of the Photobox photo card designs, we were disappointed to find out that they didn't all seem to be available unless you were bulk buying cards. We also found the creator tool to be quite buggy. It took a long time for the tool to respond to what we were clicking on and it was hard to manipulate the design. We definitely found Photobox's creator tool to be the worst of all the ones we tested.
The card was shipped in a reasonable amount of time and we had no complaints about the packaging either.
The card itself was made from a decent quality card stock and there weren't any scratches, marks or other aberrations on the printed images. However, we were disappointed with the printing itself. Most of the other photo cards we reviewed varied in color and brightness reproduction, with some being a little more dull or vibrant than others.
However, the image on the front cover of our Photobox photo card had been significantly brightened. It's worth noting that the images inside the cover were fine, so we assume that the software automatically bumped up the brightness as it felt our photo was too dark. However, the amount of editing the image received meant that our original editing and color grading disappeared from view. With this in mind, we wouldn't recommend this service for professional photographers who want to retain their color grading in the printing.
Fast delivery, but the quality could be better
We had high hopes for Moonpig, but despite some positive aspects of the service, we did end up being disappointed with our Moonpig photo card.
We found the Moonpig website buggy to navigate, as it kept glitching as we were trying to limit down the design options to just 'Weddings'. We also found most of their designs quite fussy, with few minimal options. Each design we looked at had very limited customization options as well. We also thought the price of £3.49 per card was quite steep.
The most positive aspect of Moonpig's service was that their delivery was extremely speedy, arriving just two days after it was ordered. The color reproduction of the printed image was also fairly accurate as well.
However, there were some issues with the quality of the card. The image alignment wasn't quite right, which meant that the photo on the front cover bled onto the back cover. The image was also chipped and marked along the spine as well. We also found that the card wasn't folded neatly, with one side overlapping the other.
Overall, considering the price point of the card, the lack of design options and the poor quality of the final product, we would recommend choosing one of the other photo card options on this list.