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PhotoBucket allows you to upload and edit your own photos. You can then store them or even turn them into bespoke products, such as canvas prints, towels or mouse mats, among other things.
Let’s start with a brief look at some of the products available. We were surprised by the variety of personalized items you can produce, which included prints on metal, on acrylic, towels, blankets, mouse pads, phone cases, holiday cards, pillows and more.
The ordering process is simple. To make a patchwork blanket, for example all you need to do is choose the photos you’d like to appear on the blanket, arrange them into the positions you’d like, and then order the product. It’s made, and then delivered to the address you prefer.
These items aren’t particularly cheap, although the site does run sales now and again. You can expect to pay around $45-$50 for a phone case with your photo on it, for example. Still, if you have the money to spare, then the items do look great.
So, products aside, how does PhotoBucket perform? Uploading photos was simple in our experience, although some people have complained that, since updating the system, their old photos got shuffled. This shouldn’t be an issue for new members, though. Some users have also mentioned that they feel unhappy about how the site organizes photos, but again we had no issues with this. Whilst the old editions of the website might have functioned differently, we found the new Photo Bucket to be intuitive and user friendly, as well as slick and fun.
Editing photos is also simple. You can do all the usual things, such as rotate images, crop them or change the focus. You can also perform a greater number of fun edits and effects, such as adding frames or stickers. This is reminiscent of Japanese purikura, where you can take snaps with friends and then add words, moustaches, stars and so on, before printing.
Photo Bucket definitely seems to have turned more towards the “fun” side of photos, although you can still use it for photo storage and sharing. Its sharing is mainly tailored towards social networking websites, though you can still send things via email or link someone to a particular image. Over all, though, it feels a bit less stern (which you might say feels less professional) and the target audience seems to be people who want to have fun with their photos, or even for kids.
Prices, however, are less of a joke. Unless you opt for a free account, photo storage is quite expensive on PhotoBucket.com. The benefits of a Pro account are pretty minor, besides extending the number of photos you can store.
Photobucket is a fun site which offers a great range of quality products. However, for simply storing your pictures, it does lack a little in terms of features, and it could become expensive if you store lots of high quality photographs. If you want to upload a few of your favorite snaps and turn them into fun, unique items, this is still a great site to do it.
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