Parabo Press Review

During the holidays, I came across an Instagram sponsored post for a printing company called Parabo Press that offered 25 free 5″x5″ prints + cost of shipping ($8). The advertisement suggested printing photos from Instagram, and it seemed like a good idea to print some of my favorite images from my Instagram feed, so I gave it a whirl and ordered a batch.

The ordering process was very simple. As of now, they only take orders through their Android or iOS apps. You upload the image files you want, and they go ahead and print it. No quality control – as in, the app will not notify you if it thinks that your images are too low-resolution to look good as prints.

*When I’ve ordered from professional photo lab websites in the past, they will hesitate to let your orders go through if the image files were not up to the printing standards.

A few days go by and I received my order delivered to my front door.

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SIZE

I truly like the size of these prints. They’re not too big that they can be awkward to place around the apartment, but they’re also not too small to be disregarded as something unimportant. I want them to stand out, either by themselves or in a cluster, and the 5″x5″ size really works.

Parabo Press also seems to really cater towards Instagram images, and the square format, of course, is what Instagram is all about. Or at least, before Facebook bought it and allowed the traditional formats. I’m a fan of the square formats, especially for printing photos specifically used for Instagram, and the white borders really help give the prints a way to be easily propped for decor without needing a physical frame of some sort.

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PAPER QUALITY

According to their website, their paper is made of extra thick matte paper, and thick enough to prop or pin anywhere. This is my favorite part of these prints as the thickness and the texture of the paper makes the photographs feel luxurious and important. The paper is also the biggest difference between printing with Parabo and printing at your local drugstore.

COLOR CORRECTION

Sometimes, the printer prints the colors differently than what you see on your monitor. Thankfully, I didn’t see any issues on these prints – they look just like how they were presented in my Instagram feed. All is good in this department!

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PRINT QUALITY

My biggest peeve in these prints, and possibly the sole reason I will not be ordering from Parabo Press again is the print quality. Like I mentioned before, they heavily promote themselves as an Instagram-oriented printing company. If you check any product pages on their website, you’ll see the words “Great for Instagram” listed as a reason to purchase their products.

They currently only take orders through their Android and iOS app and not through their website, which somewhat forced me to only send orders taken through my iPhone 5s. Yes, I could have emailed 25 high-resolution image files that I took with my dslr onto my phone, but that would have been a pain in the butt.

Super sad to say, however, that the resolution is not the greatest on Instagram images, and it’s magnified when you print them. So many of my images came out way too pixelated and not in the least bit attractive.

If you don’t look closely, yes they can pass as a nice photo to hang on your wall. But I am a photographer and have had my fair share of well-printed images, and I have to say that these do not impress.

I might try printing with them again once they start accepting orders through their website versus their app, because then, I might have a chance to see what the print quality is with a high-resolution image file. But if you plan on printing your instagram images, I would be cautious and lower expectations.

21 Comments

  1. January 15, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Omigosh I love all these photos so much! They came out really well too, definitely following your Insta!

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      January 15, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Aw, thank you so much =^_____^=

  2. January 15, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    It’s a shame the quality didn’t come out that well because this is so cute. Love the idea of physical instagram posts!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      January 15, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Yes, it was a really nice idea. I think I will continue trying out different printing service in the future, and will continue to write reviews in hopes to help you guys!

  3. January 15, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Hopefully you will find a better printing service in the future and when you do, please post it! I will be checking. hehe. I love the idea because I love physical photos instead of all camera pics. Great post. Enjoy your weekend babe.

    Kayla xo // Kayla’s Vibration

  4. January 17, 2016 / 12:35 am

    Great review. Bummer it isn’t the best quality.. there are some instagram photos in my acct that I would love to print out… Hopefully we both find one that is a bit better! -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  5. January 17, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Great review. I honestly thought the company did a good job from the photographs in your post. It’s unfortunate that your images were pixelated. I’m going to browse through your other posts. Your photography is lovely.

    Olive Needs Popeye

  6. Amy Ann
    January 17, 2016 / 4:09 am

    I’ve wanted to order some instagrams. Too bad the print quality isn’t great. I wonder if it had to do with the reply toon of Instagram? Thanks for the review.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. January 17, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Your photos are beautiful, so no wonder why you were disappointed with the print quality. Seeing the pixels or the image quality decreasing is something I would hate the most.

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

  8. January 17, 2016 / 10:38 am

    That’s a shame that the prints came out pixelated! Instagram does a lot of compression so I can’t say I’m surprised; but I am a bit shocked that a printing company doesn’t take that into consideration. Thanks for sharing your experience!!

    xo, Alice || ALICE / TYPENU

  9. January 17, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Amazing photos!! Hope you had enjoyed your holidays!! Great review!!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  10. January 18, 2016 / 7:01 am

    This sounds like it would be a great service. It’s too bad the print quality is not great. Thanks for sharing your honest review with us. Have a wonderful day!

  11. January 19, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Oh, that’s a bummer about the quality of the pictures! The do look nice from what I can tell, but hopefully they will look better when you reorder!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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