Looks like no one is printing the photos anymore. Instead, we bring it up on social media and call it today. Who needs prints that take up space in a drawer when you have unlimited photo storage online? In addition, online photo galleries are more convenient.
But some photos are so beautiful or so valuable that the print makes sense. Maybe you want to carry it in your purse, or you want to print the perfect landscape shot you took, so you can hang it on a shelf.
Where can you get such prints? These days, you can just go online and use one of the many affordable photo printing services that will have your photos printed and shipped directly to you. Here are some of the best photo printing services available online.
Shutterfly can turn your digital photos into photo books, cards, stationery, poster printing, mugs, puzzles, mouse pads, pillows, and more. Seriously, the selection here is insane. Whatever the occasion, you will find what suits you.
In terms of price, it is very good. Thank you cards start at $1.05, photo books start at $19.98, and canvas prints start at $69.98. For what you get, these costs are very reasonable – especially when you consider how customized and personalized it is. Shutterfly delivers internationally to over 100 countries.
As of this writing, Shutterfly offers free shipping on first order (US only). On top of that, they run occasional campaigns that can save you up to 50 percent on your order. Keep an eye out for these deals, and you’ll come out a winner.
FreePrints is unique compared to the other services on this list. This person interacts directly with the photos on your mobile device(s) via an application. Available for both Android and iOS, it’s very convenient and worth checking out.
How it works? When you take a photo, you can order free 4×6 prints through FreePrints. Not only that, but the app can also order free photo prints on your Facebook or Instagram accounts. Similarly, you can turn Google Photos into memories using FreePrints. There is no subscription fee, but you do pay for shipping, which starts at $1.99 but does not exceed $9.99.
Each image is limited to one free print. Also, you can only order free prints of up to 85 images per month and 1,000 images per year. If you want prints other than 4×6, you will need to purchase them.
You can order prints of your favorite photos from the MailPix website or mobile app. Besides photo prints, it offers personalized wall decor, mugs, pillows, and calendars.
Single 4×6 prints start at $0.24, posters start at $5.29, photo cards start at $1.10 per card, photo books start at $25 for 4×6 prints, and everything else is reasonably priced. The company often runs great promotions. Currently, they offer 60% off entire order. So be sure to check out our deals page before placing an order.
MailPix takes 5-7 days for express shipping and 10-12 days for ground shipping. Shipping fees vary for each product. You can also pick up your prints from CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart within an hour and save on shipping fees.
Not only good for pharmacy and convenience items, the photo printing services at most Walgreens are noteworthy. In addition to photo printing, you can order photo books, premium cards, calendars, posters, canvas prints, decor, and more.
Pricing is reasonable, but not the cheapest. While photo notebooks start at $9.99 and Thank You cards start at $0.95, a small printed board can be had for $39.99. And the best part? Most prints are eligible for same-day pickup, which is great if you have Walgreens nearby.
Snapfish, owned by Apollo Global Management, is a very affordable online printing service enjoyed by over 90 million members. It not only offers digital printing, but it is a community where users can host and share their photos. It even has an online photo editing tool.
Photobooks start at $12.99, cards start at $1, and canvas prints at $19.99. In addition, they offer “photo gifts” such as blankets, pillows, stationery, posters, and more.
What sets Snapfish apart is that it also specializes in in-house printing products. You can download these cards, calendars, etc., and print them yourself if you like. It’s pretty much the opposite of an online printing service, but I’ve included it in case it appeals to you.
Like Walgreens, you can walk into nearly any brick-and-mortar CVS and find a photo printing station inside. Like Walgreens, too, unless you live far away in an unknown location, there’s a good chance you have CVS nearby.
This makes CVS a great choice for photo printing, because you can order a same-day pickup: print online, go in, and take back. Or have it delivered to your doorstep if you prefer.
Regular photo prints start at $0.39 each, Thank You cards can be had for $0.95 each, and canvas prints start at $29.99. CVS photo print quality isn’t bad either, so it’s a good balance between quality and price.
It should come as no surprise that Walmart’s photo printing service is easily the cheapest of them all. With regular photo prints starting at $0.12, “thank you” cards starting at $0.39, and canvas prints starting at $17.96, Walmart is ahead of its competition.
And while that price drop comes with a slight dip in overall print quality, it’s still good enough for most uses. You’ll only notice the quality difference if you have a trained eye for photography, or if you’re printing something bulky like a poster.
Prentiq (formerly Adoramapix) is a subsidiary of Adorama, the famous company that serves as a store of camera equipment and an educational resource for learning photography. Printique is a complementary service for high-quality prints to digital photos.
They use the best printers and the latest software to maximize print quality, while keeping their prices competitive. Picture cards, for example, start at $4.99 per person, but can be made cheaper by buying in bulk, going as low as $1.95 per pack from $12.
The downside to this is that Printique doesn’t have a huge selection of products available. Other than photo books, calendars, cards, and various types of prints, there isn’t much out there – but if that’s all you need, Printique is a great service.
You probably know FedEx as nothing more than a shipping company for packages and things you buy online, but what you probably didn’t know is that FedEx runs a few other services under its name, including a digital printing and shipping service that you can use online.
Poster prints start at $17.25, photo posters start at $27.99, and canvas prints start at $34.99. FedEx also offers cards, calendars, and allows you to create passport photos. Although it’s a bit more expensive than its competitors, we’re not talking much. Also, you will need to pay shipping fees on these unless your order exceeds $100.
If you can grab one of the regular Winkflash deals, you may be able to get prints for even less than the price offered by Walmart. We’ve seen prints as low as $0.10, Thank You cards as low as $0.36, and canvas prints as low as $7.50.
Note that the lower quality compared to online photo printing services is significantly better for Winkflash than Walmart. So bad that you should avoid using the service? Not right. But you should definitely reserve the use of Winkflash for casual personal publications and not for gifts or semi-professional work.
Get your photos printed online and delivered
I’m a huge fan of digital photography, but I can’t deny that the physical images in the hands feel more personal. With these sites, you can print your photos at affordable prices, whether you want to keep them in your wallet or give as gifts.
Although photo prints make excellent gifts, they are not the only way to turn your photos into gifts.