Post Author: Eugene Nagawiecki

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Differentiating Our Photo Albums, Dreambooks, and Photo Book PROs

At nPhoto we offer a variety of products, most notably our renowned photo albums, our ultra-high quality Dreambook 4K, and our Photo book PRO line. But, what’s the difference between these 3 products even? Read on to find out.

Photo Book PRO - Mohawk Matt - SM photography- Unsplash_13

We’re going to dig in to the nuts and bolts of our three major products. Here is an example of the quality of our Photo book PRO.

One of the greatest things about being a professional photographer today is all the choice that is available. This could be said about anything related to photography, but certainly applies to your options with us at nPhoto as well.

Amongst many things, the first major decision you’ll have to make when you want a bound collection of prints is whether to get a photo album or a photo book (or our ultra high-quality photo book; our Dreambook 4K). But, after all, what’s the difference even?

The Overview

The difference between our albums and photo books is vast. From the way they’re printed, to what they’re printed on, to the capacity they maintain, our albums and books are certainly different animals; but both exquisite forms of quality more than capable of assisting you in turning a killer profit.

Difference between Photo Album, DreamBook 4K and a Photo Book Pro

1. Photo Album, 2. DreamBook 4K, 3. Photo Book Pro. Artwork by Lory Marie Photography

The Print Method

First, the method in which they are produced is very different. Our photo albums offer three distinct print methods you can choose from. Our standard spread finishes Silk and Pearl metallic are devloped using Noritsu HD Silver Halide technology which actually directly exposes an image on to either silk or metallic paper. In this way our albums don’t even use ink at all.

However, if you decide to use an album with our Canon Deep Matte option, or Mohawk Eggshell your album will be printed with state-of-the-art, fortified, seven-dye ink from our Canon DreamLabo 5000, or HP Indigo 12000 inkjet printers respectively.

Differentiating Our Photo Albums, Dreambooks, and Photo Book PROs

Fun fact: Our photo albums are printed without using any ink! Instead they are directly exposed onto the paper giving impressive and lasting results.

On the other hand, our photo books are printed using inkjet technology. Specifically, our photo book PRO’s are printed using the HP Indigo 12000 printer which utilizes a state-of-the-art liquid ElectroInk consisting of seven different ink colors.

Differentiating Our Photo Albums, Dreambooks, and Photo Book PROs

Our Photo book PRO showcasing the capability of the HP Indigo 12000 and its inkjet ElectroInk technology. Printed on our Mohawk Matte paper.

Our Dreambook 4K is similar to our photo book PRO, yet enhanced. The Dreambook is printed using the ultra high-definition Canon DreamLabo 5000 inkjet printer consisting of a fortified seven-dye ink. The result is images in 2400 DPI printed in 4K definition.

Dream Book Acrylic F3 AP9 - Artwork by Lory Marie

The 2400 DPI and 4K definition of our Dreambook 4K is simply breathtaking. Artwork courtesy of Lory Marie at Lory Marie Photography.

The Inner Material

Another major difference between our albums and photo books is the materials the images are printed on.

With our albums you have the choice of four paper types: Silk (Fuji Silk), Pearl [metallic] (Fuji Pearl), Eggshell (Mohawk Eggshell), and Deep Matte (Canon Deep Matte). Our Canon Deep Matte option uses a paper specifically designed for the Canon DreamLabo 5000 it's printed on.

Moreover, all these papers are later professionally mounted to achieve a beautiful 800gsm as well as an integrity and durability to make it the ideal heirloom product that will last generations.

One important point of note here is we offer the chance you to mix silk and metallic spreads within the same album on a spread-by-spread basis. This is just another unique benefit about our lab. However, with the Deep Matte paper in our albums there is no mixing option available. Deep Matte is all or nothing.

For more about paper options in our albums check out: The Difference Between Our Paper Options: Albums Edition

Photo Album spreads close-up

Close-up of our albums spreads. Any photo album and paper type you choose you’ll have durable, sturdy 800GSM pages enabling your pictures to last generations.

As for our books we use a variety of photographic papers. Our Dreambook uses three special Canon papers designed specifically for the DreamLabo 5000 printer and its ink. The three finishes available are: glossy (250 gsm), lustre (250 gsm), and satin (170 gsm). With our Dreambooks no mixing option is available; only one paper type can be used throughout each project. For more details about these papers be sure to check out my other write up, The Difference Between Our Paper Options: Dreambook 4K Edition, that goes into more depth about the paper options and what they offer.

With the Photo book PRO you have the choice between two different paper options. Here the choice is between either Mohawk Eggshell Matte at 148 gsm or 216 gsm, or Felix Schoeller Lustre (190 gsm). Again, for a more in-depth explanation of the paper options be sure to check out my other post. Also, worth noting is that while our photo albums and Dreambooks have a lay flat design our Photo Book PRO’s do not offer this ability. Also, for our Photo Book PROs, like our Dreambooks, paper-mixing within the same product is NOT an option.

For a more comprehensive overview about our papertypes be sure to download our free Paper Types eBook which will tell you everything you need to know about our paper options and be sure you are a master of the tools of your trade.



1. Photo Album - thick, lay-flat spreads, 2. DreamBook 4K - hinged, almost lay-flat flexible pages, 3. Photo Book Pro - standard flexible book pages

The Capacity and Options

The last difference between our albums, Dreambook, and Photo Book PRO is the capacity. Our albums come standard at 10 spreads (20 pages) but can range from 5 spreads (10 pages) up to 35 spreads (70 pages). Our Dreambook comes standard at 15 but ranges from 10 spreads (20 pages) to 60 spreads (120 pages); while our Photo Book PRO ranges between 20 – 120 double-sided pages and comes standard at 20 pages.

OK so I tricked you with the “options” header as actually this is where we have similarities among the three products. All three products; albums, Dreambooks, and Photo Book PROs, come in a variety of wonderful collections. With that they all also have access to incredible amounts of design add-on options so you can be sure never to create the same product twice.

So, in short our photo albums, Dreambooks, and Photo Book PROs are certainly different, but they all offer the same result: stunning hand-crafted products with breathtaking print quality. So despite the differences, rest assured whichever you choose you won’t go wrong. Now that’s nPhoto #reasontoprint.


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