Elements 10: Shutterfly photobook interface problems

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I spent the better part of a year creating a large photobook for my daughter's graduation using Photoshop Elements in a landscape 8 by 11 format. The only option for a printing shop available via Photoshop Elements for this format is Shutterfly. When I finally went to upload, however, I found that the Photoshop/Shutterfly interface is very limited (e.g., no full picture cover avaliable; very limited choice for cover options; no choice of shipping, etc.). Also, the customer cannot see the upload on the screen after uploading, and it appears Shutterfly is sending me printed books based on a defective upload (2 pages cut off in the middle) within my order.

Are there any other options available to upload the photo book that will handle Photoshop format (I note that very few companies apparently carry the 8 by 11 landscape format). It is beginning to look to me like my only option is to scrap the Photoshop project and just redo it online with someone who will handle it properly.
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Which version of Elements are you using?
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John Witherow

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Version 10
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As a follow up, the physical photo books arrived in the mail and the pages were intact (no cut off pages as appeared in data files Shutterfly showed me when I had inquired). Nevertheless, the result is very disappointing -- some of the page contents are blown out of proportion, and the printing doesn't in any way do justice to many of the representations on the screen as they appear in the photo editor (especially some of the frames which are a staple of the Photoshop Photo Book design platform).

I certainly could be wrong, but it looks to me like Shutterfly is geared toward mass production of photo books set up on through its own platform, and the Photoshop/Shutterfly interface is a mere afterthought. This appearance is particularly disturbing, since Shutterfly is the only option available through Photoshop for a printer.

With my own project, I am back to square one. I leave these comments as a cautionary note to anyone contemplating committing volumes of time and effort to a project which may not be realized.
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I am in the same boat. I spent hours creating a photobook in PS10 only to find a very limited choice of photo book layouts in Shutterfly. Basically it is on a leather book with a small square cut out on the front. I want the picture cover. I can see the pricing in Shutterfly but I can't select it. I hope I don't have to start all over with another service.

Now I'm reluctant to order based on the quality of the book your received.
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Can you still edit you photobook in element 10;
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Yes, my solution was to resize the pages, convert them to jpeg format, and paste them into blank templates at Viovio.com. That company did a masterful job with the production of the books. I don't know if Photoshop/Shutterfly have improved their interface since I previously wrote, but hopefully, someone there has taken notice of the issues so others do not suffer the same misfortunes.