one of my favorite gifts
very colorful depending on the picture used, well made, i have made many of them but haven't used one yet! there are 2 downfalls first is that you can not preview them once they are in your cart...so it is very helpful to make notes of which pictures are in each set if you make more than one set so you don't accidentally duplicate a picture...the second is that you can't save your sets...this would be very helpful for future orders of the same sets.
July 19, 2014
Fun to use!
I don't usually use coasters, but I ordered these so I could see the smiling faces of my kids at their cutest, especially during those days when they're not acting that way!
I used pictures from their toddler years and converted them to black and white. They look so cute and cheer me up all the time. I keep them propped up on the backsplash in the kitchen, and I choose a different one periodically to use on my wood desk.
June 10, 2014
Love the coasters
I have ordered 4 sets of coasters now... they are great! One of my coasters however, came chipped but the great customer service of Shutterfly ended up sending me another set, free of charge. Very good to work with! I would just be careful of the chipping. Makes for a fantastic gift!
May 12, 2014
Love the Brilliant Glossy Finish
Although the editing program is not that friendly, once you get the photo in the position you like (try editing into a square before uploading) it is worth the effort. Brilliant Glossy Finish, durable cork backing and if they drop, they can't break (like the stone ones I had). Better quality than most others I have purchased.
Note: When I ordered them a few months ago, these could NOT be saved into a project (like the mugs or photo books) so be sure you are ready to make and order them in one session.
May 3, 2014
These coaster are so crisp and beautiful! I used them at a birthday party and at the end, they had all disappeared. lol
I see a lot of people are have trouble with getting them centered. Before you add the picture to your product, edit your photo first. Click on your picture and hit the crop button. Then click on the custom crop and make it a square. Very easy!!
April 15, 2014
I have ordered 3 sets of these coasters by now and each time I am truly impressed. This last set was for my Mom for Mother's Day. I am so excited to share such a beautiful, personalized product with someone I love. I highly recommend this. The picture I attached makes it seem as if the pictures are blurry but that is from my camera because the pictures are clear.
February 7, 2014
I ordered some coasters for my father for Valentine's Day. Wow! They are beautiful. They printed my photos beautifully, and they are printed on such high quality material. It is the same type of quality that I have learned to expect from Shutterfly.
The only minor thing that I would caution you about is that the creation tool used to make them can be a bit of a pain- definitely edit your photographs before uploading them.
Overall, I'm giving it five stars, because the quality of the coasters so exceeded my expectations. They are truly wonderful!
February 7, 2014
Makes a great gift
I made 2 different sets of these to give as gifts and they are very nice. One set arrived perfectly- the other set was not correct. The pictures arrived with the heads chopped off- so I put in a quick call to Shutterfly and they made another set and sent them to me over-night and they arrived on Christmas eve- just in time to be wrapped and given the next morning. Everyone LOVED them. You do need to know that the brighter your picture the better they look. Also the cork is only the bottom (it is what touches your table- not the cup/drink) - the top of the photo/coaster is HARD - so it does not absorb liquid. So if you are looking for a coaster that will absorb condensation this is not for you. Any liquid that drips down off of your cup will just pool on the photo and if there is too much liquid it will run off. They are mainly used for hot coffee mugs, cups that probably won't have condensation, and for decoration. Everyone that sees them loves them and comments on how well they are made and how they will definitely last. Great idea and I will probably buy more in the future.
February 3, 2014
I love these!
These coasters are bright and shiny and stay that way with time. I love them. We use them for hot coffee mugs every day and they are still in great shape!! Highly recommend!!
January 24, 2014
Good coasters, but can't crop
Color and quality seemed very good. I would order again.
Two things that could be improved to make this a 5-star worthy product:
- Allow editing/centering by the user. It looks like you should be able to (arrows appear around the edges while editing), but the arrows don't work. Others have commented that you can crop photos into a perfect square and then upload the squares - good workaround for now, though a workaround shouldn't be necessary. I didn't see that tip in time; the auto-cropping was acceptable, but not what I would have wanted if I had been able to choose.
- Add ability to save projects
January 23, 2014
the program would not let me edit the photos and center them. Very disappointed in the product's editting site, this would have been a great gift.
January 16, 2014
These are so worth $20... excellent quality. The photos look fabulous on them.
January 14, 2014
Beautiful and functional way to display favorite family photos
Shutterfly's cropping/zooming software is a little sketchy when making coasters. I recommend cropping your four chosen photos into perfect squares, uploading, and then using those photos, rather than trying to get the system to cooperate with you.
The end-product is gorgeous. Glossy, with a nice solid feel (but not so solid that they'll do damage if your toddler thinks they are toys that must be thrown, which is why we decided to pack up our old stone coasters!)
We love these so much we've decided to order a new batch of four every year, with our four favorite family pictures. It's a great way to have physical pictures in your home to show off your family pictures, without the pretentiousness of a 40-page photo book!
January 13, 2014
ordered these as a christmas gift for a friend. they turned out great. Didnt resize any pictures and they all turned out perfect. Color and picture quality was great. Will order again. :)
January 3, 2014
These coasters really exceeded my expectations, they are high quality hard plastic on top with a decent thickness, and have a good weight to them! I customized them as a wedding gift, and was really hoping they wouldn't look cheap: and they didn't! I read people had trouble with the program choosing where to crop, I just made them the proper square size in a simple paint program to get around that issue! This made a great gift item, would highly recommend!
December 26, 2013
I ordered these for my mom for Christmas, as she is really big on using coasters.. they turned out great! The colors are very vibrant and they are larger than I expected!!
December 23, 2013
They come out really perfect. I'm happy with what I commanded.
December 20, 2013
I ordered these for a friend, using 4 different photos, and i think they look great!
The quality was well above what i was expecting.
Have not used them yet with drinks though so cannot comment on their usefulness.
December 18, 2013
Didn't even buy them
I am surprised by all the good reviews b/c I had the same experience as someone else that I couldn't alter the photo placement on the coaster so I never even ordered them. They have a tool to allow you to move the photo around and zoom in & out but nothing happened when I tried clicking the arrows, over & over and with different photos. Very disappointed, I was excited about this gift.
December 9, 2013
I ordered the coasters using artwork my sons made at school (the art teacher scans them into the website Artsonia) and they turned out great! The color is so rich and the coasters are much sturdier than I thought they would be. They are very good quality.
The only negative I would say about the coasters is that you can not crop them very well. The coasters are square and the pictures are rectangle and the computer chooses for you what part will be cut out of the final product.
December 6, 2013