Curious how everyone prefers to print their pictures. A lot of people use small wallet size or square photos that haven't been cropped. Print them yourself? Shuttefly or Snapfish? Local place? Something else.....
I use Shutterfly whenever they have the 101 free prints offer, though last time (a couple of weeks ago) I found out they've almost doubled the shipping cost. I print some 4x6 and a lot of 3x4 that I prepare in photoshop placing 2 in each 4x6 sheet.
I use my printer a lot too. It's great for those non regular sized photos, and for the oversized ones (I print them on letter size paper).
I've tried Amazon during a free Prime trial, and they are my favorite but I didn't become a member because I don't buy as much to justify the cost of the membership.
Wow, uh, that sure is a new shipping pricing thing over at Shutterfly. Unfortunately I get tons of free print codes over there. Looks like I'm hunting for a new photo provider soon though. Love 'em for photo books, but dang. (And I think they doubled the cost of the lay-flat upgrade for those - whatever you get by default certainly does not lay very flat.)
When printing with my computer the paper that works best for me is the Canon brand but mainly because that's my printer's brand too. In my previous HP I had to use their brand for better results.
About photo books, I just found out Groupon has awesome deals for Printerpix. I bought two of them:
1 8 x 8, leather hardcover, 40 pages for $6.99 (regular price $69.95) plus $6.95 for S & H.
1 8 x 8 leather hardcover, 50 pages, for $5.00 (regular price $124.95) plus $8.95 for S & H.
Don't ask me why the second one costs less than the first, I have no idea.
So I got both of them, a total of 90 pages, for less than $28!!!
I've received them already and I love them. Great quality indeed.
This deal has several other options (less pages, different sizes, etc.) I just bought the ones I needed.
As a first time customer I got a coupon for 40 free prints so I will try that very soon.
Once I'm out of free print codes I think I'm leaving Shutterfly for 4x6 prints (but will still use for photo books and 4x4 prints, at least for a while). I'm keen to try Amazon Prints (which is contracted through Snapfish) - it might be what finally drives me to Prime.
I "use" Persnickety Prints for 4x12 prints, by which I mean I used them once, liked the results, and plan to build up batches of pics I want as 4x12s until ready to place an order of several, to make shipping more worth it (flat rate $6, but if you want to try them and haven't, you can get a one-time free shipping code when you sign up).
I copy my photos to WORD. Then I can resize and crop the images until I get it just right. Print it out on my printer using photo paper.
I do this too! My printer is HP Canon MG7120.
I used to mass print photos as well, but I found that didn't really work with my style. I tend to not scrap multiple photos on a page, so I have all the left over photos from events I've already scrapped about.
Plus, I really like working with smaller prints a lot of time and that's hard to do with photos that are already mass printed as 4x6.
Ugh! I was planning on using shutterfly for a mass printing of photos but if the price of shipping is that crazy, not really worth using my app then.
If you are using the "unlimited free" 4x6, 4x4 option on the app, the price still hovers at about $.09 per print at 150ish prints, based on chart link aquabunny posted. A lot of the time, 9 cents printed and shipped is about as good as you can hope for!
I have the app but the offer never worked. I got tired of calling Customer Service for them to remove the shipping each time I needed, they could never figure out why the app doesn't work for me. Anyways, online, taking advantage of the 101 free prints, with the new shipping costs it also amounts to about $0.09 per print. Obviously you can't have more than 101 prints each time. The increase was shocking because it used to be less than $6 for S&H.
I too like smaller pics so I open them in Photoshop, then open a new 4 x 6 page and move each pic to it resizing them to 3 x 4. This way I get 2 pics in each sheet which means that, when I take advantage of the 101 free prints, in fact, I get 202.
Maybe you can do the same in Word.
I' really pleased with how my printer does its job but I've compared the same pic printed by Shutterfly, Amazon, and Snapfish, and the quality is much better, besides the fact that $0.09 per print is much cheaper.