Sure, we live in the digital age, but we haven’t forgotten how nice it is to have physical pictures printed instead of having our favorite memories buried in our phones. Online photo printing services are here to fix that. These photo printing services allow you to easily upload photos from your phone, and even your Facebook and Instagram, and print them in any size you want. Some services even let you create calendars or print your pictures on mugs and pillows.
Don’t let your pictures be forgotten on your phone, cloud storage service or hard drive. Print them out and let them come to life by using one of these online photo printing services below.
Snapfish offers both mail-in services and in-store pickup options from CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. Prints at Snapfish start at $0.9 for small prints, but the price jumps if you choose the in-store pickup option. The web interface makes Snapfish especially enticing to use. The modern and updated look and feel is easy to navigate and makes it simple to start and complete an order. Perhaps the best thing about the web interface is it allows you to import photos straight from Facebook, and Instagram. Once your photos are uploaded, you can simply check a box for automatic color correction and red eye removal, free of charge. There are also basic photo editing tools you can use to add final corrections to your photos before print. The shipping leaves more to be desired, though. The photos arrive in a standard express-mail envelope which leaves your photos more vulnerable to damage. That’s really the only downfall with the service, though. Other than that, Snapfish is a great option for high-quality photos at an affordable price.
2. Amazon Print
BEST BUDGET OPTION
Amazon Prints is a great way to get affordable prints of your pictures as well as free cloud storage for your photos, as long as you have a Prime membership. To save a little bit of money, you’ll have to deal with a tiny bit of hassle. The Amazon Print website isn’t as intuitive as others, and you won’t be able to upload prints right from phone’s photo app — instead you’ll need to use Amazon Photos, its proprietary photo app. A few other downsides include no wallet-size print options, no photo editing and slow delivery, although, shipping is free (unless you want to pay for expedited shipping). Amazon Print is much more limited than other printing services, but you’ll receive quality prints at prices that are as good or better than most competitors.
BEST FOR GIFT IDEAS
Shutterfly can print your favorite memories on a number of different surfaces: calendars, stationary, cards and a handful of others. Seriously, pretty much every surface you can think of from shower curtains to dog bowls is fair game with Shutterfly. This makes it a great online photo print service for gifting meaningful photo memories. The Shutterfly website is easy to use and navigate, making the printing process easy. You can even make last minute edits to your photos on the website (but not the app). The pricing is middle of the row. We’ve seen cheaper prints from other services. But if you use Shutterfly often, you can take advantage of free prints and photo book that they offer on a monthly basis. Whether you are using the app or the website, Shutterfly is a great way to get your memories printed, especially on more than photo paper.
4. Walmart Photo
BEST SAME-DAY PICKUP
The one-hour photo pickup is one thing that sets Walmart Photo apart from other services. The fact that there are virtually Walmart’s everywhere gives people an option for speedy photo printing that other services simply can’t offer. And Walmart’s prints are cheap, too. Through the mail, you can get prints at $0.9/print, which is about basement level pricing for photo prints. But don’t let the pricing fool you into believing the prints are subpar. That’s the opposite of the truth. Walmart Photo produces accurate prints. Your mail ordered prints will arrive in a light cardboard envelope which does protect your prints somewhat, but a thicker, more protective package would be welcome. If you decide to use Walmart Photo, regardless if you pick up the photos in store or have them mailed, you’re going to get accurate and speedy photo prints.
BEST FOR PROFESSIONALS
Mpix printing prices start at $0.19/print, which is $0.10 more than competitors like Walmart and Snapfish. But for professionals, you’ll appreciate that Mpix is one of the only online photo printing places that produces giclee prints as well as develops film. For more consumer-based prints, using the website is easy. You can upload photos straight from your computer and even link social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as cloud storage accounts like Google and OneDrive, to grab images. And like Shutterfly, there are a wide variety of surfaces you can print your photos on, making it a great service to use for gifts. And when you’re ready to receive your photos, Mpix sends them in a hard cardboard box that protects your photos better than most services. If you’re willing to spend a little more to ensure your prints look great and arrive in one piece, look no further than Mpix.
6. Nations Photo Lab
Nations Photo Lab will cost a little more to use than others on this list, but in return you’ll receive accurate photo prints that will arrive to your home safely in secure packaging. Nations Photo Lab makes the printing process easy with a simple web page that displays all of the pricing and printing options clearly. Uploading images is as easy as dragging and dropping photos into the browser. Unfortunately, Nations Photo Lab doesn’t have a mobile app option. You’ll need to transfer photos from your phone to your computer to order, which is a bit of a pain. Beyond the minor inconvenience, Nations delivers on photo quality and protection. The photos they produce are accurate and detailed, and the protective packaging provides your photos the protection they deserve, certainly much more than a flimsy envelope. If you have prints that you want to ensure arrive safely to your home, this is a great service to choose.
7. Printique (AdoramaPix)
BEST FOR HIGH-GRADE PRINTS
Printique (formerly known as AdoramaPix) prints photos on high-quality paper, adding reason to go with this online photo printing service. But of course, this comes with a price. The price to use this service is one of the most expensive compared to other online photo services, and you don’t have as many options to print on a wide variety of surface like Mpix or Shutterfly. But the print quality and packaging are superior to many of its competitors. Before you get printing, the website is easy to use and allows you to quickly pull your favorite memories from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Flickr. It even supports large TIFF files — up to 200MB, which is better than most competitors. Printique has up to 36 sizing options for your prints and allows you to edit your photos before print. When your prints are finally shipped to you, they come in a hard cardboard box that protects your photos from damage. There is a lot to like about Printique if you’re willing to spend a little extra coin.
IN-PERSON PICKUP OPTION
Sometimes, you don’t want to wait for your photos, and that’s fine — whoever said patience is a virtue was lying. You can order prints through the CVS website, the CVS smartphone app or through Snapfish, and pick them up at your local CVS. Like Walmart, they have same-day turnaround, but the prints tend to be a bit more expensive than Walmart’s prices. Prints start around $0.23, but there are usually coupon codes on the website to drop that down a bit. Most CVS stores have Kodak Kiosks which are a quick way to get your prints to you while you’re already in the store. While we know that isn’t the essence of “online photo printing” it is worth mentioning. There are a handful of different surfaces you can have photos printed on, but nothing of the variety of Shutterfly or others competitors. If you have a CVS near you, this is a reliable place to pick up prints, albeit, a bit more expensive than Walmart’s in-person pickups.
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