How to Order Photo Prints Online

This article describes how to order photo prints online. Though many bricks-and-mortar stores have digital photography printing kiosks, online printers offer many more options and often lower prices for digital prints. Here is a step-by-step guide for ordering prints on the web.

Step 1 - Locate an Online Photo Printing Service

Locating a service that does good work at economical rates is the best idea, and will save you effort in the long run. Visit online opinion sites or independent review blogs to get an idea of who is doing good work.

Many services have new customer promotions, offering 25 or 50 free 4x6 prints as an incentive to join. Take advantage of this and join a few different sites for the purpose of getting a feel for ordering prints online.

Step 2 - Set Up an Account

After deciding on a service, head to their website and hit the "Register" or "Sign Up" button. You will be prompted for some personal information: name, address, and telephone number. After creating an account, you will be taken to an account dashboard where you can manage uploads and orders.

Step 3 - Upload

Now it is time to upload your photos. Most online photo printing services have well-built uploading tools that allow "batch uploading," or the ability to upload multiple photos without having to choose each one manually. Some services will have web-based uploaders, while others might install desktop clients.

Users of Google's Picasa can upload photos to several popular online photo printing services straight from the Picasa desktop application. Open Picasa, navigate to the intended album, and select the "Shop" button at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the "Shop" menu, with support for more than 15 online photo printing services.

Step 4 - Place an Order

Another advantage of online photo printing services over in-store printing services is in the variety of options offered beyond simple prints. You can order such items as calendars, posters, photo books, mugs, clothing items, and magnets from many printers.

Select the products you desire and configure them by choosing photos from your account. Typically, the larger an order is, the more you will save on shipping for your items.

Step 5 - Pay

Most online photo printing services have versatile checkout software, and accept some combination of credit card, check, PayPal, and other electronic payment deposits. Once you have filled your cart, proceed to checkout and select whichever payment option your prefer.

Security is paramount and most online photo printing services have a great deal of experience with receiving online payments. As will all ecommerce, (and, indeed, all commerce) be prudent and be certain of a seller's security practices before paying.

Step 6 - Receive Your Items

After a short wait, you will receive your prints or items in the mail. Online photo printing services take pride in their quick turnaround time, and many services will email you with a delivery confirmation or tracking number upon having shipped your order.

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