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How to Print Digital Photos

Where Is the Best Place to Print Your Digital Photos?

Reader woodlawngirl recently posted the following question in GeekSugar Q and A:

I took some photos on a recent trip I'd love to print — 8"x10" ideally. What website has the best quality prints? Thanks!

If I'm not printing my own photos at home, I've had success with one printing service. Find out my recommendation (and share your own!) after the break.

Woodlawngirl, for fast, accessible prints, my recommendation is to check out Flickr. To use it, create an account and upload your photos to the site. The photos will be made public and searchable by default; if you'd prefer your photos stay private, there's an option to keep them solely to yourself. Then, choose the "Order prints and more" option from the Actions menu.

Since Flickr partners with Snapfish for printing photos, you'll be redirected to the Snapfish site, where your Flickr photos will be copied to a Snapfish account. Confirm your photo choices and sizes (it'll alert you if your chosen print size is too big for the photo to print properly), and add a border (if you choose). You'll then be prompted to checkout, where (this is my favorite part!) you can elect to pick up your prints from a store near you. There are several convenient options, like Walgreens and Duane Reade — even Walmart. While you can get the same result by uploading your photos directly to Snapfish, I prefer Flickr's editing and sharing tools.

Have you had success printing your photos? Share your experience below!

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nehasingh7 nehasingh7 4 years
I order from snapfish a lot. They have excellent image quality and I have experienced good delivery time too. But most of my orders from snapfish are 4*6 or 8*10 prints. However, when I want to print for displaying images on my wall, I prefer bumblejax. They have excellent frame-less mount options including bambooo and aluminium. 
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 5 years
Does anyone know who handled Flickr's printing before Snapfish? I had some prints made pre-Snapfish, and they were lovely. My prints through Snapfish can't hold a candle to them.
elle619 elle619 5 years
I really like shutterfly. They constantly have good deals and I love the fact that it tells me what size would be best for the print.
lauren lauren 5 years
oh erinflower, i used kodak metallic paper for a sunset I had taken in rhode island and it was stunning on the paper! I will have to check out that site too!
erinflower erinflower 5 years
I use they offer sales on a regular basis and their metallic paper is really awesome. The quality is far superior to snapfish. Like Lauren said if you are going to frame make sure it is the best quality.
lauren lauren 5 years
I have actually used Kodak's Professional Print Service and I loved it! They are a little pricey than have it done at the big box stores but if you are going to print and frame a photo, you might as well make sure it is the best it could be! I will have to check out adorama too!
eggy78 eggy78 5 years
I've had nothing but trouble from Snapfish and the print quality (especially on larger prints) was abysmal. My wife tried to print a bunch of stuff through and got unbelievably inconsistent results when printing multiples of the same photo. The only service I've found to be consistent and produce gorgeous prints is Adoramapix. Their prices are generally a bit higher than WalMart ot Snapfish, but sometimes you can catch a sale, and for some sizes of prints they are surprisingly competitive. I will absolutely not use anyone else for my prints. It's just too much trouble and often too depressing. Plus Adorama has all sorts of cool papers, and if you want a unique touch you can choose from something a little different than your usual glossy/satin/matte finishes (metallic comes to mind).
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