Parabo Press wants you to print extra special photos on extra special paper. We put some of our pineapple photos to paper to bring you a Parabo Press review. Reviewing Parabo is completely in my own words and my honest thoughts.
In full disclosure, for this review of Parabo Press, I was given a credit to order anything and try out their products and services. Once I received my order, I ordered more prints with my own funds to check out a separate print product.
However, they were great enough to set up an awesome offer for a free set of 25 square prints – you’ll only be responsible for the shipping.
Continuing to make prints of our photos is important and some photos deserve to be treated special – going beyond printing at your closest Wal-Mart or Costco.
Recently, I was at our local Western Fair and had to check out the annual photography contest that is run. I hate to say it, but the print quality of most, if not all, photos were terrible. Even if a photo was pretty cool, the print probably ruined it. It seemed as if every entry was printed at Wal-Mart on glossy paper. Perhaps no one wanted to spend the money on a print when the prize for first place was next to nothing. Maybe no one knew about Parabo Press.
“We believe that some photos are extra special and deserve to be put to paper – to be enjoyed in your home or shared as a gift and kept around for a long time to come.”
Parabo Press is an app for iOS and web, created by the Photojojo folks and. They are absolutely in love with photography and want to help you with small-batch prints. They are all about experiencing photos in a more permanent and standout way.
How do they deliver, though?
Parabo Press Review
I'm going to share my experience in putting some pineapple photos to paper through Parabo Press. I'll touch on my experience with ordering, shipping and delivery, the prints, accessories, and customer support.
Ordering Prints with Parabo Press Website
I opted to order my photo prints through the Parabo Press website instead of the iOS app. The photos I wanted to print were not on my phone.
Ordering was a pretty pleasant experience with only one minor issue. I found their upload system to be very nice and simple. There are no distractions with your uploading is front and center. My only issue was that I wanted to order 4 newsprints of 4 separate photos and I couldn't upload all 4 photos at once. Instead, I had to complete the one upload, add another newsprint to cart, and then upload the next photo. I was worried how long the process might take when going to order the 25 square prints; however, I was able to upload all 25 photos in a batch for them.
How's Parabo Press Shipping and Delivery
The Shipping and delivery of my print order were exceptional. Parabo Press did awesome here. I was given the ability to track my order; however, there was no need for me to ever bother with checking. Parabo Press actually emailed me as my prints made their way to me. I Loved the emails that told me my prints were in the city and out for delivery. They really seem to take a proactive approach and I didn't have to waste my time. I was even emailed by Parabo when my prints were delivered.
How are the Parabo Prints?
As great as the experience had been with ordering and receiving, the actual prints are the big deal.
I ordered the Newsprints, 5.5″ square prints, small skeleton clips, and washi tape.
The Newsprints blew me away! Each print is 17″ x 22″ on extra light ivory newsprint and comes folded into quarters. I opened each print up and loved the look and colour. Want a unique look to a photo? These hit it out of the park. Oddly enough, I loved the creases due to the prints coming folded in quarters.
Here are some photos of my prints; however, my images do the actual prints justice due to my home being in shambles:
5.5″ Square Parabo Prints
On Parabo Press, you can order the square photo prints at 4″ or upgrade them to 5.5″. I decided to upgrade to the 5.5″ square prints and I am totally impressed. They are top quality and not something you can get at Wal-Mart or Costco.
I freaking love the matte look and the paper really is nice and thick. Honestly, these are the bomb dot com. You win ParaboPress. You win.
There are so many ways you could display these square prints given they are nice and thick. I love them so much that I will be using Parabo Press as my printer from now on. These are the prints we've decided to use for our Pineapple Mystery Prints. The quality is just extra special.
Here are a few images of my pineapple prints ordered:
More options for prints are B&W Engineer, Color Engineer, Mastipix Glass, Risograph, Calendars, Panorama, Accordion Zine, Linen Hardcover Photo book, Hardcover & Softcover photo book, and Gift Cards.
Those Print Display Accessories
Parabo Press offers some interesting ways to display prints. They go beyond the usual idea of framing a print. They look to try and preserve the integrity of your walls as much as possible.
I decided to try out the small clips for hanging a newsprint and grabbed the washi tape set to display some of the square prints.
I love the clips and find that their pricing is really decent. They give you a number of options for display and love discussing it all.
I look forward to getting some wood blocks to stand up some of the square prints on tables. I really think these accessories could be great gifts for people and photographers come the holidays.
More options for display accessories are wooden poster rails, wood blocks, magnetic rope, mylar tape, and pon pins.
Lastly, Customer Support
I never had to contact customer support at all. I have been dealing with Ali via email regarding this review and that's that. Ali's been amazing and I can only assume the support team would be too.
Parabo does have a knowledge base in case you need some help or have some frequently asked questions. From looking over the knowledge base, I felt it addressed the important things really well.
With the experience of shipping emails, I can only imagine that contacting customer support would be no issue at all. They seem eager to leave you with the best experience possible.
It's important to me to create inspiring spaces with art, but let's start off by saying this Parabo Press review of panorama prints is my honest experience and thoughts. In full disclosure, Parabo Press hooked me up with a $50 credit to be able to check out some of their print products or hanging accessories. I ended up spending around $62.50 because I simply wanted more hanging accessories. This is my 3rd order now!
Parabo Panorama Print
Of late, I've been printing more of my photos and I've turned to Parabo Press, CanvasPop, and Canada on Canvas. What peaks my interest in Parabo prints is their big push around no holes in the walls and a fun approach to marketing their products. The reason I've been printing more of my photography is due to organizing and changing my home workspace up to be more creative and inspiring, but also for eventually creating a gallery wall in my home. I want a mix of the kinds of frames I use, but I also want to include prints hung in other ways like Parabo Press offers us.
Printing your photos is such a pleasurable experience. Having art and photography surrounding you is also a boost to your work. We need art. I only have so many ‘screens' to set up beautiful pineapple wallpapers.
3rd order from Parabo Press!
It's important to me to create inspiring spaces with art, but let's start off by saying this Parabo Press review of panorama prints is my honest experience and thoughts. In full disclosure, Parabo connected with me and hooked me up with a $50 credit to be able to check out some of their print products or hanging accessories. I ended up spending around $62.50 because I simply wanted more hanging accessories. This is my 3rd order now!
I decided to order a few items:
- A 12×36″ Panorama Print
- An 8×10″ Fine Art Print
- A couple orders of Good hangups Magnets wall hanging system
In this section, I'm reviewing the panorama print. The image I chose was not an actual panorama but a crop of one of my photos. I chose not to try one of my London architectural photography because I don't have enough photos of people up around me.
The quality of the paper was pretty nice and I appreciate the white border for being able to hang the print with these tiny magnets from Good Hangups. These little magnets come with magnetic stickers. They'll stick to the wall and make any place magnetic. You don't see the stickers because the print covers them! It's a really cool way to get your prints up anywhere. I painted part of my office with magnetic paint so they work great even without the stickers that come with them.
For Parabo prints, I'm not one to pixel peep or technically review paper features. The quality was as nice as I've seen on other prints from other companies. The great thing is how easy it is to create and print your pano on Parabo. It's a specific product and you don't need to worry about it being custom and costing you more money.
With my print being a crop of a photo, I'm impressed with the overall detail too. I could only imagine how great a detailed landscape or cityscape type panorama would look. If you're into creating panoramas and haven't printed many, I'd recommend giving Parabo a try and see how you like it.
I'd love to see an option to upgrade and have your print come framed. I know a big thing with Parabo prints is that you don't have to create holes in your walls, but it's not super easy to find frames for panorama prints. This is the only small issue I could think up for this review.
I don't know how often I'll look to order panorama prints, but when I want a print in such an aspect ratio, it's Parabo Press I'll go to. I personally enjoy using the fun company from PhotoJoJo for some of their other products and love their constant deals – like free prints where you only pay for shipping (link to parabo press website)! There are too many people that don't even know about the option to print via Parabo and I hope more people look em over. I know. You're sitting there thinking: But how much is Parabo Press Shipping? Here's a screenshot of the shipping costs as of July 29, 2018.
Don't try and hang up a panorama print on your own. Always find someone to help you out to make the act much smoother.