Last week, I tried out the Project Life App and reviewed it. At the end of the post, I mentioned that I was going to print the layouts and compare them to other digi layouts that I've had printed.
I had two layouts from the PL App printed from Persnickety Prints.
One of the layouts had square corners and the other had rounded. I wanted to print one of each to see how the shape might affect the lack of drop shadows.
First things first - everything that I loved about the app and mentioned here still holds true! The products look great, the photos look EXACTLY as they did on my phone and the print quality is excellent! I'm still blown away that an app can make a 12x12 print quality layout like this. It's fantastic!
There's only two things that bug me - 1) the lack of layout options for photos larger than 4x6. And 2) the lack of drop shadows is a problem for me.
Here's close-up photos of the layouts so you can see for yourself.
On the first layout, I found it very difficult to see the edges of both the title card and the journaling card without drop shadows. Both cards are a light cream color on a pure white background.
On the second layout, the journaling card and title card were both white and you can barely see the edges at all.
One of the keys to making digital layouts look so beautiful is drop shadows. One of the highest compliments you can pay a digi scrapper is that you can't tell at first glance whether the layouts are paper or digi. Flat layouts simply don't look as good.
Here are other Project Life layouts that I also had printed at Persnickety Prints that utilize light drop shadows. There's a clear difference in how flat the PL app layouts look when you compare them to these utilizing traditional digi supplies.
Overall, I'm still incredibly impressed with the app and will definitely use it as a super-quick way to get a layout done and checked off my list. But I would use it a lot more if the layouts looked less flat. :)