Like Amazon, WHSmith and others, Jessops uses the CEWE PHOTOBOOK service for its photo book printing. The downloadable Jessops Photo software enables you to create photo books from A4 up to 30x30cm.
A Mac version of the software is available, but the shortcuts failed to work in our tests, and when attempting to use the photo book Assistant (for automatically filling pages and providing tips) the software was prone to crashing.
Images can be manually imported, synchronised with iPhoto, or pulled in from a Flickr account. There's a variety of preset page layouts, and it's also possible to assign image size and placement, and crop images within the new outlines. However, enlarging is made difficult by the need to open an image in a separate viewer, approximating the size, and then viewing it in the book format after.
For those without additional image-editing software, Jessops's built in Photo Show provides options to adjust hue and saturation, reduce redeye, crop, and apply effects. Or a one-click Auto Correct tool will tweak your images for you.
After placing the order, the book arrived just over a week later, which was a decent turnaround time. The way the pages are glued to the spine means the book can open flat on every page – there's no loss of image in the gutter, and as such, images spread over two pages are shown seamlessly. Images look true to the original files, and the print quality is great. Considering the limited features of the layout software, the end product is very good.
Price: £35 (26-page Large Landscape Photo Paper)
Formats: Mac and PC download or online
Delivery time: Eight working days
iPhoto and Flickr integration
Built-in image editor
Well-finished end product
Shortcut limitations in Mac software
Awkward photo enlargement