Pic-Time vs. Pixieset – 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset

There are a lot of online gallery platforms out there, but if we are honest, there are actually two companies, who are the big players within the photography community. Yes, we are talking about Pic-Time and Pixieset. On the one side, there is Pixieset, a Canadian company, which launched its service in 2013, and on the other hand, Pic-Time from Israel, who started to revolutionize the game in 2016.

So, we decided to wrap a list of different points, where we compare the features of Pic-Time and Pixieset. The cool thing is that you will get a perfect overview of the functions and possibilities that both platforms offer, and most importantly, in the end, you will know for sure, to which gallery platform you want to upload your images.


UPLOAD OF PHOTOS

You’ve finished editing your latest photo session, and now it is time to deliver the images to your clients through an online gallery. A basic upload function at Pixieset will help you to upload all the photos to the gallery. Pic-Time developed an app for uploads, which allows you to upload your many pictures in a fast and reliable way. The uploader will survive a browser or computer shut down and will optimize your jpegs while uploading (similar to jpeg mini). The uploader will first create a low res version of your gallery so your gallery is ready for viewing in minutes, and then will upload the high res backup data. 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Alisha Tova

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


VIDEO INTEGRATION

Do you create small videos at weddings, for example? Perfect, you can also find a significant usage of online galleries for your video work then. Pic-Time gives the possibility of adding videos to galleries. Unfortunately, at Pixieset, you can only add a video on the gallery cover.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photo by Anni Graham

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


GIF INTEGRATION

We guess that there’s no one out there who doesn’t like to watch an epic GIF. If you want to share your GIF with a client in the gallery, you can only do it with Pic-Time, as Pixieset doesn’t offer this feature.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Displayed photos by Rosey Red Photography


DESIGN OF GALLERY

Aesthetics are a significant point when promoting your business/brand and selling your products and services. Pixieset offers a basic package of design options like grid options and a dark mode. If you are a fan of customizations, you should test the cool features of Pic-Time. Change the cover colors, the grids, and even have their unique dynamic photo size! It will add to your visual storytelling that make every gallery unique. From a UX perspective, you can be sure that Pic-Time gallery photo loading is super fast!

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Anni Graham

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by India Earl

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


SECURITY OF GALLERY

Your clients received your stunning images in the online gallery, and now they want to show the fantastic work you’ve created to their family and friends. Pixieset and Pic-Time are both offering a Social Sharing Built In, a gallery dashboard, and many more things. When it comes to security, Pic-Time is working with a Login System for each user/visitor, which allows a higher level of protection, and the private data and preferences (like hiding photos)  are saved in their account, so no one else has access to it.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by A Fist Full Of Bolts

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


DOWNLOAD OPTIONS

So, the most crucial question for your clients is now – how can we download these gorgeous photos? When setting up the gallery at Pic-Time, you can precisely select who is allowed to download the images in full quality and web-size quality. Additional to this, you can define which scenes of the gallery can be downloaded, and how many images can be downloaded. Pixieset is only offering one setup option for downloads.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by D’Arcy Benincosa

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


FAVORITE IMAGES

Choosing favorite images can be a tough challenge for your clients. Here we have two different approaches to this feature.

Pixieset gives you a decent feature, where you and your clients can create multiple lists and leave notes to find the perfect selection of photos.

Pic-Time allows users to have favorites with no comments. Pic-Time has also another feature for Client-Selection workflow. With this feature, you can request your client to select a group of photos. Once they are done, the selection process is locked so they cannot change it anymore, only view it. This is good to manage the photo selection process you would like to have with your clients.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Bri McDaniel

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


STORE

As we all know, when the photoshoot is done, the job as a photographer ain’t over. Besides your fantastic work as a photographer, you have the opportunity to give your clients even more value by helping them to get their digital photos printed on various paper products, and to create some additional income. With Pixieset and Pic-Time, you can set up a store, but there are significant differences between both platforms. Pixieset’s stores only allow single photo products, and you can only select one photo lab when you set up your store price list.

To be honest, Pic-Time is a real game-changer here and helps you to lift your photography business onto the next level. Do you want to offer different products to your clients? No problem at all – albums, single photos, calendars, automated designs, or even custom products – it is all there, and you just need to select the products you want to showcase. Furthermore, you can choose multiple photo labs within your store, which gives you so much more freedom to choose from. Additional sales to your photography business can be hard, so we are sure you will love this fantastic feature by Pic-Time. Based on the client’s viewing data in the gallery (favorite photos, viewing time on specific images, etc.), the displayed products are combined automatically with their favorite pictures from the gallery. So your clients might fall easier in love with the additional products you are offering in your store.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Alisha Tova

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


PRODUCTS

Pixieset works with five photo labs and offers single photo products like prints, frames, canvases, cards… If you are looking for more product variety, then you should check out the possibilities at Pic-Time. They are working with 20+ photo labs worldwide, and they definitely have a product in stock that clients are looking for. Albums, magazines, prints, frames, metal prints, calendars, greeting cards, print boxes, and a lot more amazing products to give your clients more.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by India Earl

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


MARKETING OPTIONS

We said it before, but promoting your brand and services is the key to being successful nowadays. Pic-Time developed a fantastic thing called Sales Automation. It’s “Powerful automated tools that include ready-to-go, proven marketing strategies with customized emails, discount banners, reminders, and more creating a professional sales funnel. In collaboration with the finest educators, Pic-Time offers a unique way to connect with your client, automate your workflow and grow your sales.”, says Pic-Time on their website. We tested it, and it is incredible. Pixieset is mainly working with simple coupons that you can create and share with your audience.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Monika Frias

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


WEBSITE

If you are looking for a website host like Squarespace, Pixieset gives you the possibility to create a page and to add your Pixieset galleries directly to your website. Pic-Time does not offer this kind of service, but they guarantee you a smooth integration, and you can customize your Pic-Time portfolio page to fit it to your branding.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com


ART GALLERY / PRINT SHOP

If you are looking into having some of your art photos presented and sold on your website then you have also here two different approaches.

Pixieset allows you to create a standard gallery/store and link it to your web site.

Pic-Time has a specific store made for that, with amazing customization and presentation capabilities, and also the ability to have specific features for an Art Gallery, e.g. Each photo/product with different prices, limited edition, amazing grid, adding descriptions and even audio to each photo, full integration into your website…

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Ryan Muirhead

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Benj Haisch

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by Parker Fitzgerald


MOBILE USAGE

Most of us spend a lot of time using our mobile phones. You can download the Pic-Time app for iOS and Android. You don’t need any additional setup, so you can start to view your galleries and to manage your shop easily within the app. Sadly, Pixieset has no app. You only get access to the Pixieset web app when you use your browser on your mobile device. This way, you can view and share photos from your galleries. Pixieset allows you to create mini-galleries for their web-app.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pic-Time – Displayed photos by A Fist Full Of Bolts

 

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Pixieset – Screenshot from www.pixieset.com

 


ALBUM PROOFING

You did a fantastic job so far, and your clients decided to buy an album. They asked you for help to create this album. No problem at all with Pic-Time, as you and your clients can communicate with each other through an album proofing process, to create an unforgettable album full of memories with a fantastic design together. Unfortunately, Pixieseit doesn’t offer the service of album proofing.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Displayed photos by Avonne Photography

 


GALLERY AUTOPLAY

We make it short and simple here: Hit the play button when using Pixieset to start the autoplay of your gallery. You want to choose from different speed settings and even have access to music options? Then you should go with Pic-Time, did we mention giving your clients more?

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time

Displayed photo by Jim & Vicky Pollard


LIGHTROOM INTEGRATION

Lightroom. Photographers love it. Photographers hate it. It is a constant back and forth. So, having a technical integration between Lightroom and your online galleries could make things often way easier. Pixieset allows you to publish your complete galleries. Pic-Time does the same job, but additionally, you can sync back selections and favorites to Lightroom. Did we mention that the Pic-Time uploader is also integrated into Lightroom? No? Now, you know that the workflow with Pic-Time is merely flawless.

Pic-Time vs. Pixieset - 17 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Pic-Time


FREE TRIAL

Pixieset: No

Pic-Time: 30 days trial for the advanced plan.

 

FREE PLAN

Pixieset: The free plan includes 3 GB.

Pic-Time: The free plan includes 20 GB.

 

UNLIMITED STORAGE PLAN

Pixieset: $40/month

Pic-Time: $34/month

CHAT SUPPORT

Pixieset: No

Pic-Time: 24/7 human chat support for photographers and clients


COMPARISON TABLE – PIXIESET VS PIC-TIME

FEATURESPIXIESETPIC-TIME
FREE PLAN3 GB20 GB
UNLIMITED STORAGE PLAN$40 USD$34 USD
FREE TRIALNo30 Days Advanced Plan
GALLERY DESIGN-2 Full gallery color schemes

-Standard internet photo grid
- Color selection for the cover

- 9 different Grid selection

- Unique grid that loads super fast and present the photos in an interesting way
STORE- Store Price list can have only one lab

- Store catalog images support simple photo personalization
- Flexible settings that can mix different labs and self fulfill products into the same store settings, allowing you to choose the best fulfillment path for each product, with multiple price lists

- Store price list can have only one lab

- Personal and smart presentation rendering favorite client photos for store preview, based on algorithms rating. The personal data is making the store product connect better with each viewer

- Smart algorithms helping users to design albums on their personal viewing data and color pallets
GALLERY AUTOPLAYBasicMusic option + Multiple speed
VIDEO & GIF INTEGRATIONNo GIF, video on gallery coverBoth; GIF and Video added on gallery
UPLOAD PHOTOSBasic uploadFaster, more reliable upload. Build in compression (like jpeg mini)
LIGHTROOM INTEGRATIONPlugin that helps with the upload and publishing process of galleriesPlugin that helps with the upload and publishing process of galleries + auto sync tool for client selections
LABS & PRODUCTS- 5 labs, basic products

- Single photo products only

- Strict policy of fulfiller for each settings
- 20+ Labs, large variety of products

- Multi images photo products (including Albums, Calendars, photo boxes ...)
ART GALLERYNo specific platform, workaround with standard gallery linked to your websiteSpecific Art Gallery and store platform with lots of special features like limited editions and unique designs, fully integrated to your website
WEBSITESupport simple marketing web-site builderNo website builder, Support integrates portfolio and testimonial pages into a professional 3rd party site builder

 

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