Online Photo Prints – the Easier Way to Print Your Photos

With the rising cost of photo printers and with the increasing demand for consumer digicams and DSLR cameras, a cost effective solution for photo printing needed to be addressed.

Thanks to the advancement of technology, online photo prints have become probably the most practical solution in photo printing. Let’s admit it. Quality photo printers are a bit expensive. If a hobbyist or photo enthusiast stores his images in his computer most of the time and only prints his photos when needed, buying a photo printer may not be a cost-effective move for him.

There are a lot of companies that service online photo prints nowadays. The process normally involves uploading your images, either in TIFF or JPEG format to a server that the online printing company has designated to you. Considering that images can tend to be large files, it is then advisable to use a high-speed or a broad band internet connection, especially if you need to upload several images to the photo printer server.

There are some factors to consider before uploading your images for printing. For one, DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot digital cameras have different aspect ratios. DSLRs usually have a 3:2 while the point-and-shoot types produce images on the 4:3 aspect ratio. It is for this reason that customers are advised to crop their images. When cropping though, it is best to make sure that images uploaded are at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch). Since the quality of the printing is also dependent on the resolution and the size of the printed photo, it is best to take note of the following: 1) for a 4×6 print, the image file should at least be 1200 x 1800 ppi, 2) for a 5×7 size, it should at least be 1500 x 2100 ppi, 3) for 8×10, at least 2400 x 3000 ppi.

Companies that offer online photo prints give competitive and very reasonable rates to consumers. On the average, a 4×6 print would only cost $0.10, which is still way cheaper than having to print using a home photo printer.

Nowadays, companies that service online photo prints provide easier ways for consumers to upload their image files. In most cases, they would still print whatever you send them. There are also some that offer a free image editing software so you can prepare and make adjustments to your images prior to uploading them to the photo printing server.