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Custom Photo Cards and InvitationsCustom Photo Cards and Invitations

Custom photo card sites help customers blend their photos and text with designer templates to create unique cards, announcements and invitations for almost any occasion. The sites we've reviewed vary widely, each offering a different range of designs at different price points. To help you pick out the right provider for your project, we've not only rated these sites overall, but also pulled out a few outstanding sites for different kinds of projects. Customers planning to order just a few cards will be happier with our small order favorite, while those who need to buy in bulk can get great value from our top site for large orders. Looking for a great bargain or a really nice, high-end card? We've got the right sites for that too.

Custom Photo Cards and Invitations Reviews & Ratings

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Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Tiny Prints Rating: stars
Great quality, large selection, attractive design and an intuitive shopping experience combine to make this site worth the price
Paper Culture Rating: stars
Very high quality, eco-conscious cards with a low order minimum; slightly smaller selection, but great customer experience
Minted Rating: stars
Luxe cards, great design and top-notch support set this service apart; big bulk discounts for large orders, but small orders are pricy
Pear Tree Greetings Rating: stars
Very nice quality, unique designs at a great price, only downside is a slightly limited design tool
Shutterfly Rating: stars
Simple but effective design tool, a range of styles and good print quality: nice, mid-priced option for many projects
Cardstore Rating: stars
Better for small orders, offers high quality cards at reasonable prices without an order minimum; design tool is slightly limited
Mixbook Rating: stars
Very robust design tool, great price point and low order minimum, but slightly lower print quality than the top picks
Snapfish Rating: stars
Strong search tools and better pricing for large orders; clunky templates, glitchy design tool, and high order minimum are negatives
Purple Trail Rating: stars
Wide range of card sizes and formats, attractive designs; however, wildly unintuitive design tool and unremarkable pricing
Zazzle Rating: stars
Low price point and good printing quality, but very uneven selection, challenging shopping experience and difficult design tools detract
CafePress Rating: stars
Broad selection of reasonably-priced designs, but low-quality printing, frustrating navigation, and uneven design drag this site down

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What Is Custom Printing?

Custom printing sites offer a wide range of designer templates for cards, announcements, invitations and other stationery products. Users can then add their own photographs, text and sometimes design elements to create customized cards for almost any occasion. Common customizations include choosing colors, moving text blocks, cropping photographs, and adding elements to the back of the card.

Ordering custom cards online is an affordable way to get professional-quality holiday cards, birth announcements, greeting cards, party invitations, graduation announcements and much, much more. With a wide range of prices, styles, formats and tools, almost anyone can find the right fit for any project at one of the sites we've reviewed.

How We Reviewed These Sites

To test these sites, we ordered a custom holiday photo card from each service, at our own expense. We assessed the process from start-to-finish, including selecting cards, using design tools, talking to customer service and receiving cards. We also did extensive browsing and designing in every category of each site, including announcements, stationery and invitations, to get a sense of the available options, tools, pricing and designs.

Our reviews note what works and what doesn't, including templates, design tools, customer service interactions and delivery options. We also include photographs of each test card as well as screenshots from the ordering process, information about packaging, and pricing details for orders of various sizes.

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