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Trends in Albums, Boxes, Folios & Frames


Digital. The word jumps off almost every page in photography magazines these days. Photographers are "going digital," labs are "going digital," and now album companies are offering digital services. It's all part of streamlining album workflow while lending that extra personal touch to wedding products for clients.
More and more album manufacturers are employing computers and digital technology in the design and manufacture of wedding albums. Many photographers have been using Montage from Art Leather to design their clients' albums for years. The trend to digital now gives the photographer the ability to print images on an archival inkjet printer-such as the Epson 2000P or Gemini systems-to be bound into a White Glove First Edition book. Stone Editions offers a kit with the pages for inkjet printing and other materials necessary to bind those pages into an album. And Classic Album Company lets photographers upload files to their website for printing and book-binding. Albums Go Digital White Glove First Edition Books now offers a binding service for photographers who wish to print album pages on an archival inkjet printer, such as Epson's 2000P or Gemini system. Just print the pages and send them to White Glove for binding into a White Glove First Edition book. Album In Club offers digital printing of images and binding into a library-bound flush album. A large variety of cover materials is offered, including imported Italian leathers, book cloth, linen, timber, and metal for a personalized look that will fit into everyone's décor. , known for their digital albums, has just released the "Marquis" edition of their Masterpiece line. The 10x15-inch Marquis album is a bound album that can be designed online. Images can begin from negatives, which Classic will scan and upload, or original digital files. No software required. Other features include imported Italian leather covers, embossing, and rice paper linings. Dried flower covers are also available. Albums Unlimited's Kingston albums are flush mount and a super option for digital layouts that don't need matting. Pages can be edged in gold, silver, or black. Albums available in 8x10-, 10x10-, and 11x14-inch sizes. General Products now offers a great idea in personalization for the wedding couple. You can have your client's wedding invitation engraved onto a 5x7-inch brass or silver plate, which can be inserted into a folio or wedding album cover. Albums with an Artistic Touch now provides photographers with increased flexibility with the Florentina by Pro-Craft Designer Series of custom cut mats. Available in ivory, white, ebony, mahogany, and pewter, the mats are cut to specs supplied by the photographer. The mats are a great match for the Florentina Designer Series inlay albums. Signature Series is top of the line for your more discerning clients. Signature Series albums feature 22 kt. gold edge gilding and hand tooling, real leather, handmade end papers, and a luxurious sack to hold the book, embroidered with your studio's name. Zookbinders' Designer I series now includes a number of layouts previously only available as custom orders. The Designer I series also features a new line of special panorama pages. Album X Corporation offers upscale wedding albums; many are handmade. New this year are the Designer Textured Leather Bound book in black and the Upscale Portfolio Box in black with an overlapping double cover design. Renaissance/The Book by Album X offers complete digital service, including lab work, designing, and binding of the final album. The Fine Art Digital Album is simple yet elegant, letting the photos speak for themselves, while the Coffee Table Books offer Shantung silk and floral paper covers. Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes offer an exquisite line of handmade products. Choose from The Album, Presentation Box, or The Folio. Cypress creates their elegant products by hand, with archival materials. is offering the Euro Collection of oversized albums with unique and contemporary cover materials. Choose from aluminum, wood, leather, and glass. The leather covers are also offered with a variety of embossed designs. Kambara U.S.A. is designed for photographers who want to create an individualized album for each client. The Nouveau album comes in six embossed styles and seven colors/textures. Standard mats are available as are custom mats. The Eclipse brushed aluminum cover adds elegance to an album's presentation.
Albums, Folios, Frames, and More has updated the design of its spiral photo book for 2002. The Sbook features a pliable leather or hand-wrapped linen cover. Mats feature a debossed border around the window openings and can be affixed horizontally or vertically. ArtZ's website has been updated and is now interactive. debuts a line of folios made from Mosaic Mooless Leather-a new high-end vinyl that looks and feels like leather. Available in wing, book, and panorama styles, in six colors and two grades of Mooless Leather, they use Mosaic slip-in album-type mats. extensive line of albums and folios now includes the Concord proof book. The Concord proof book is an all-black proofing book, with a simulated leather cover, black leaves, and black rings. Gross-Medick-Barrows offers a variety of albums and folios. The deluxe Color Preview album can be used for either proof or final print presentations. GMB also offers a line of black presentation boxes for delivery of multiple prints. Wooden Nickel offers an extensive collection of albums, proof books, folios, folders, and boxes by Tap, Topflight, and Holson Professional to present proofs and finished photographs to your clients. They also carry a selection of Kendall frames. The Leather Album Designs' Imperial collection offers albums with mats that accommodate multiple images, as small as 3x3-inches and as large as 16x16-inches. Covers are hand-stitched, genuine leather, with a textured finish. They also offer video cases made of genuine leather, in black, hunter green, and burgundy. has introduced 5x7-and 8x10-inch slip-in wedding albums with heavily padded moiré covers. Pioneer's patented bi-directional memo pocket pages allow brides to write next to each photo. The albums feature a deluxe expanding wraparound spine that accepts unlimited refills. Albuns Pérola offers slip-in albums in a variety of sizes and cover materials, including genuine leather, velvet, and aluminum. Their unique cases are made of matching materials and colors and can hold the albums, closed or open, for display. They also offer matching videotape cases. Merit Albums offers Renaissance, Flora, Topflight, and Tap albums, proof books, folders, and boxes. Gold stamping is done in-house. New services include custom framing, shadow boxes, and signature boards. The Levin Company recently introduced the "Impresario Dynamic Acoustical Speaker-Frame," which features a wafer-thin speaker mounted into a genuine Levin Company frame. This union will allow nearly any flat surface to be fitted with a beautifully framed image, which will double as a speaker. The units emit crisp, high-quality sound, and are available in 16x20- and 20x24-inch sizes, in a variety of styles. The Ultimate Wall Folio is new from Gross National Product. A super-sized version of GNP's Classic Wall Folio, the Ultimate Wall Folio can hold three 8x10- or 10x10-inch prints. The Folio is also available with two vertical and one horizontal opening. For dramatic presentations, it can be hung vertically or horizontally. Do you provide proofs to your customers on CD-Rom? For a refined presentation, check out the CD-Rom cases from Topflight. WHERE TO FIND... Albums, Frames, Folios & Boxes Album in Club, Ltd.
General Products
Pioneer Photo Albums, Inc.
800.366.3686 Albums Inc.
Prat Paris Inc.
800.900.4720 Albums Unlimited
Kambara USA Inc.
800.323.8360 Album X Corporation
Leather Album Designers
Reliable Photo, Inc.
Albuns Perola U.S.A.
Leather Craftsmen
Renaissance/The Book
212.274.8699 Art Leather /
Gross National Product

The Levin Company
Roxbury Twain Publishing Co.
Art Z
LightPicture, LLC.
Stone Editions Inc.
Burnes of Boston
Maestro Albums
(DF Albums LTD.)

TAP (Taprell Loomis)
216.781.6000 Capri Album
MCS Industries Inc.
Classic Album
Merit Albums, Inc.
Ultra pro by Rembrandt
323.725.1975 Collezione Campo
Michel Company
White Glove First Edition Books
714.841.6900 Cypress Fine Albums
National Photo Albums, Inc.
Wooden Nickel Albums Inc.
Parker Album Co.
Zookbinders Photo Albums