The switch from film to digital cameras has ushered in a new era of instant gratification: You can snap a picture and email it to 10 friends in a minute or two. But too often, images languish, unseen and sometimes forgotten, in a desktop folder or on a memory card. With online photo-book services, it's easy and fun to give photos a tangible (and well-designed) home. We tried five popular tools and created books that play to the strengths of each one. Whether there's a baby to celebrate or a vacation to remember, these personalized volumes make truly memorable keepsakes. Long-term gratification, indeed.
Before digitizing a slide or a negative, check the scanner's resolution, as the original may be smaller than the final image. Many default to 300 dpi, but a 4-by-6-inch print requires at least 1,200 dpi.