The best photo cards in 2021

The best photo cards are a great way to let our loved ones know that we are thinking of them, especially considering how difficult it has been to see family and friends recently. What better way to show them you care than with the personal touch of a well-chosen photo card? We’ve tested five vendors of the best photo cards to help you choose the best one for you.

Why settle for a generic greeting card when with a little effort you could send a much more meaningful and personal card? The best photo cards are the perfect way to convey heartfelt messages, convey gratitude or sympathy or simply send a loved one a birthday greeting or wedding invitation. Your recipient is bound to appreciate the thoughtful gesture and the uniqueness of the image you have chosen.

Of course, there are many other ways to give your loved ones unique photo gifts. (opens in a new tab)including some of the best photo books (opens in a new tab)best canvas prints (opens in a new tab) or even the best digital photo frames (opens in a new tab). However, the best photo cards are the easiest way to show someone you care.

We tested five different providers to see which offer the best photo cards and the best service. To make sure the test was fair, we used the same image on each website and also tried to create a similar design. Each vendor was judged on how well their authoring tool worked and if there were any issues or difficulties encountered while creating our photo card.

We also rated each of the top photo card suppliers based on how quickly they delivered photo cards and how well they were packaged. We examined the accuracy of color reproduction, print finish and overall product quality, looking for any marks or flaws on the photo cards. Read below to find out which are the best photo cards for you…

The best photo cards

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1. CEWE Photoworld

Great quality and accurate quality – but you have to order 10

Reasons to buy

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High quality

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Lots of design options

Reasons to avoid

Minimum order of 10

Only available in UK

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 models, but found some of them to be a bit dated.

The shipping was fast enough and the cards were well protected in the packaging. Where CEWE Photoworld’s service really shined was in the quality of the cards. The colors in each photo were printed accurately and each image was crisp and vibrant. The cards were a bit smaller than we expected, but overall we were incredibly impressed with CEWE Photoworld’s impression – in terms of quality, they produced some of the best photo cards.

Our only issue with CEWE Photoworld’s service was 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 individual cards, they would definitely be among our picks for the best photo cards.

(Image credit: Louise Carey/Digital Camera World)

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2. Mixbook

Extensive range of models and available internationally

Reasons to buy

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Available worldwide

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Lots of design options

Reasons to avoid

Scratches in printed images

Mixbook is one of the most prolific suppliers of photo finishing products, providing photo books, photo cards and more to customers around the world. Their vast experience is clearly seen on their website, as Mixbook offers some of the best photo cards in terms of range and design. Moreover, not only does Mixbook offer a wide range of designs, but they are also very elegant and modern.

Shipping was reasonably quick and Mixbook had provided very substantial packaging with a plastic film envelope protecting the card inside a sturdy cardboard box (we don’t know if the plastic film envelope was recyclable) .

Print quality is really the only area where Mixbook could improve. The finish of the print was very matte which meant the colors were a little dull. The images printed inside the card also had light scratches/marks. However, despite these issues, we still think Mixbook produces one of the best photo cards around.

(Image credit: Louise Carey/Digital Camera World)

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The best photo cards

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3. Boots

Excellent quality but relatively slow rotation

Reasons to buy

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High quality

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Lots of designs to choose from

Reasons to avoid

Delivery time of 5 to 7 days

At least 10

As Boots outsources its printing to CEWE printing specialists, you know the quality will be good, but there are a few advantages to ordering through Boots rather than CEWE directly. One of them is that you can collect Boots points which add up quickly, especially if you shop there regularly anyway. There is also a collect in store option which is cheaper at just £1.50, although this takes 5-7 working days. Home delivery takes 4-6 working days but it will cost you £3.49.

4. Snapfish

Great designs, but print quality could be better

Reasons to buy

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Great creative tool

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Stylish Designs

Snapfish has some of the best photo cards in terms of designs, and we were also very impressed with the creator tool. This was fantastic for tweaking our design – we particularly liked that the text editor flags any potential spelling mistakes, as this will help avoid any disappointing errors once the print version arrives.

Shipping was reasonably quick, arriving the same day as most of our other cards. However, we were a little concerned about the packaging, as it was a thin, flimsy cardboard envelope. The card inside was laid flat and pre-folded so we could fold it in half ourselves.

Unfortunately, either due to the packaging or the printing process, our card arrived slightly damaged. Although there was nothing huge marring the card, three of the four corners were chipped and there was a noticeable crease on the back cover.

There was also a problem with the alignment of the images on the card, the front photo overlapping on the back. The logo and text on the bottom of the back cover has also been cut from below in another example of misalignment. Also, we felt that the colors of the printed photos were quite desaturated and dull. In terms of quality, we didn’t think Snapfish was among the producers of the best photo cards.

5. Photobox

Decent quality, but printed images have been altered

Reasons to avoid

Bad authoring tool

Modified images

If you are just looking to buy individual cards you better look elsewhere as the minimum you can buy is 10. We found the site buggy, the tools were slow to respond and it was difficult to reposition, resize and crop. Of all the sites we tested, Photobox had the worst build tool.

The cards were shipped fairly quickly and arrived in good condition. They were made of decent quality card and we didn’t notice any imperfections such as scratches on the prints, but the print quality itself was disappointing. The color varied from card to card, with some being brighter and more vibrant than others.

However, the image on the cover of our Photobox photocard had been lightened up considerably. It’s worth noting that the images inside the cover were fine, so we’re guessing the software automatically increased the brightness because it felt our photo was too dark. However, the amount of editing to the received image caused our original editing and color grading to disappear from view. With that in mind, it’s probably not one of the best photo cards for professional photographers who want to maintain their color calibration when printing.

(Image credit: Louise Carey/Digital Camera World)

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6. Moon Pig

It may be one of the best known, but the quality lets it down

Reasons to avoid

Limited design options

Image misalignment

We thought Moonpig could produce one of the best photo cards, but despite some positive aspects of the service, we ended up being disappointed with our Moonpig photo card.

We found the Moonpig website buggy to navigate, as it kept crashing when we tried to limit the design options to only “Weddings”. We also found most of their designs to be quite challenging, with few minimal options. Each design we reviewed also had very limited customization options. We also thought the price of £3.49 per card was quite high.

The most positive aspect of Moonpig’s service was that their delivery was extremely fast, arriving only two days after ordering. The color reproduction of the printed image was also quite accurate.

However, there were some issues with the quality of the card. The image alignment wasn’t quite right, which meant the photo on the front cover was bleeding onto the back cover. The image was also chipped and scarred along the spine. We also found that the card wasn’t folded cleanly, with one side overlapping the other.

All in all, considering the price of the card, the lack of design options, and the poor quality of the final product, we recommend that you choose one of the other suppliers of the best photo cards on this list.

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