Posted: Jul 06, 2012 12:00 PM
 
Customized cards have become very popular in recent years for everything from baby announcements to party invitations to holiday photo cards. You are probably familiar with Shutterfly, Tiny Prints and the other top websites for customizing invitations and cards, but which service is actually the best? Read on to find out.

Next time you are throwing a party, you can buy generic stock invitations at the store, send evites through email or Facebook, or you can create quality, customized invitations online from a card printing service.

Best photo card services

You could order from a variety of services to find out which one is the best, but you don't have to -- NextAdvisor.com did the research for you. Their team tried out 11 different services and placed a customized order from each. Their reviews determined which print services are best for bargains, large vs. small orders, top templates, shipping/return policies and final product quality in each case. These companies came up on top for the following categories:

At NextAdvisor.com, you can learn more about how they determined the results and read full reviews on all 11 services. Five of the services received five star ratings -- Tiny Prints, Paper Culture, Minted, Pear Tree Greetings and Simply to Impress. While Shutterfly, Cardstore.com and Mixbook each received four stars.

Why use custom printing

Custom printing is an affordable and easy way to create cards, invitations, announcements and other products. With most of the sites, you simply pick a template and then add your own photos, text and other design elements. You can select the colors, move the text and elements around, and otherwise customize your cards to make them totally personal and unique.

Certainly, you can get similar results from a brick-and-mortar print shop but being able to order online from your own computer and instantly seeing a mock-up of your cards and invitations is very convenient. Plus because there are so many competing services these days, prices are very affordable and you can often find coupon codes and discounts online.

Read the research done by NextAdvisor.com and then consider trying out a service or two on your own. Personally, I have ordered Christmas photo cards from Mixbook, and I loved them. I have also used Shutterfly to create a photo book which was great. The photo prints, books, cards and gifts that you can create at Walgreens.com are also terrific quality and very affordable. Plus, you can pick them up at your local Walgreens instead of waiting for shipment. Whatever type of cards, invitations and other items you are looking to print, you can find a service that is perfect for your needs.

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