It used to be that you had to take tons of pictures just to get one or two that you liked and wanted to showcase in your home. Now, with digital photo printing services, you can take several pictures and print just the ones you love in a variety of formats, such as photo books, framed portraits, or unique home decorations. Here are some of the more popular photo printing services:
The photo service at Walgreens allows you to upload one photo or a collection of photos to be picked up in the store or mailed to you. By far the biggest benefit of the service is the variety of items you can order. Personalized photo books, glass photo blocks, posters, collages, and iPad cases are just a few of the items Walgreens offers. Best of all, a wide range of price points means you can turn your photos into unique gifts for everyone on your list.
This website also allows you to share your photos with other people. You can invite friends or family members to view or print photos by entering their email addresses. To make it even more convenient, you can digitally send an order to another location and have your loved ones pick up a photo gift right at their local Walgreens.
Snapfish claims to be the “number one online photo service,” boasting over 90 million members. It offers prints starting at 9 cents each, as well as editing tools you can use to improve your photos. New customers get 20 free prints with their first order.
Photos can be printed into the usual forms (photo books, prints, posters) or as “deco prints,” which are 4×4 or 4×6 pictures printed on card stock. If you have an iPad, you can order cards directly from the Martha Stewart CraftStudio app, which includes designs and templates. You simply upload the photos directly from your device to the site and have them delivered to your home or a store in your area. Use the Snapfish website to check for store locations close to you.
If you have many photos on Facebook, Shutterfly can take them and create a book for you or a loved one starting at $12.99. With as few as 20 photos, you can create a book with your own words and layout choices. The site also allows you to save your photos to share with a friend or to print again on a variety of applications such as note cards, framed photo prints, canvases, mugs, and more.
If you’re crafty, you can create personalized material, decals, wallpaper, or gift wrap from photos with Spoonflower. The materials come in a wide variety of textures and purposes, from heavy home decorating pieces to lighter scarf material. One person created a tea towel from her grandmother’s handwritten recipes, but you could also create quilt squares, fun decals for your children or grandchildren, or pillows for your family room.
With photo printing services today, it’s easy to transform your digital snapshots into precious books and home décor to fill your home with cherished memories.
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