Today thanks to digital cameras and smartphones clicking pictures is no longer limited to special occasions and has become child’s play. We can click as many pictures as we like and save those vitual albums locally or in the cloud. We rarely take photo prints, save for pictures of important occasions like weddings, birthdays or anniversaries. But one can’t deny that going through photo albums has a charm of its own. So if you are looking to take photo prints of your pictures, you don’t have to go looking for that "photo shop". There are many online services that offer you photo prints, at competitive rates and will deliver to your doorstep.
What’s more, these even offer prints with plenty of options to create personalised photo gifts - from collages to coffee mugs to sippers and even bags - there is plenty to choose from. This also makes for a perfect personalized gift for your loved one. Here we take a look at five such online services that you can look at.
Zoomin also allows you to print panorama pictures
When looking for photo prints or even personalised photo gift options, Zoomin is a good place to begin. It features the widest range of options and designs to choose from. It’s also highly customisable, as it allows you to create your own designs. You can create Flipbooks, Hardcover books, folded books, photo mugs, canvas prints, posters, collages, calendars, photo frames etc. Apart from this, the site also features stationery like greeting cards and photo magnets. For school and office use you can also print personalised notebooks, exercise books, diaries, bag tags and even mousepads. You can also browse according to occasion, which you will save you time when looking at gift options. You can import pictures from Flickr and Picasa for prints. There are eighteen sizes to choose from, starting with 2x3" wallet size to 42x60" banner prints. You can choose from four finishing options – Matte, Glossy, Lustre and Luminous. Additionally on Zoomin, you also have the option to print panorama prints; you can choose from four sizes - 5x23", 8x14", 5x33" and 8x20.5". The prices start from Rs. 3.00 per print. On Zoomin.com you can also buy cameras and accessories. The site also keeps updating offers, which you can take advantage of.
Snapfish also acts as an online photo storage and sharing tool
Snapfish by HP has established its presence in several countries and was launched in India in 2007. Going beyond just photo prints, it allows you to save your pictures online and easily share them. Besides this you can choose from a wide range of photo gift options like mugs, water bottles, key chains, money boxes, photo calendars, mousepads, greeting cards, etc. You can also opt for T-shirts, stickers, notepads, playing cards, gift tags, greeting cards etc. In terms of photo print you have the regular options like photobooks, canvas prints, flipbooks, collage posters, poster prints, etc. If you are creating a photobook then you can select from hard cover, soft cover, linen or even create a custom book jacket. The print size ranges from 4x6" to 8x10" and even wallet. In terms of poster the size ranges from 10x15" to 20x30". Additionally, after uploading your pictures you can even edit them with the tools provided. You can also import photos from Flickr and Facebook. The prices start from as low as Rs. 3.49 and you only have the option to print on glossy paper.
With PrintLand you can create custom mobile and laptop covers
Another option for online photo printing is PrintLand. The personalized photo product options featured here are truly unique. Apart from photo prints, coasters, collages, greeting cards, posters, key chains, calendars, t-shirts etc. it features options like phone covers, laptop sleeves, pen drives, ceramic plates, glass clocks, photo rock slabs, picture puzzles, stickers and even caps. Besides this the site also offers you the option to print invitation/greeting cards depending on occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, naming ceremonies, bachelor parties, birth announcements, house-warming, baby showers, kitty parties, farewells and get well soon, best of luck, thank you etc. When it comes to photo print you can select from three sizes – 4x6", 5x7" and 8x10" and you can choose between matte or glossy paper. Prices start from Rs. 2.70/-.
With iTasveer you can create your own custom designs
Set-up by four IIT Delhi alumni, iTasveer has been operational since 2006. The site will floor you with the options available and is also cost effective. Apart from regular photo prints, collages, photobooks, t-shirt, mugs, mousepads, calendars and canvas prints, it also features innovative products like teddy bears, photo trays, keepsake boxes, piggy banks and mounted prints. They even have gifting options based on occasions. Alternatively, you can also browse the design themes and pick a design to check out the products it can be applied to. And if you aren’t happy with the designs you see, then you can use their doodlepad tool to create your design by using multiple photos, backgrounds, design elements, effects, text and much more. If you are a designer, then you can also share your design themes with them and earn some money. Here you have the option to import photos from Flickr or Picasa. It also provides you with the option to share your pictures, by creating your own webpage. For photo prints you have 11 sizes to choose from, starting from 4x6" to 30x40", the paper options include glossy, matte, luminous and metallic. The prices start from as low as Rs. 2.90/-.
Want to create custom photo chocolates? PicSquare provides the option
A part of Infibeam.com, PicSquare will provide you with a wide range of photo gift options to choose from. The choices range from laptop skins, photo chocolates, pillow covers, mirrors, card holders, magnets, coasters, puzzles, tiffin boxes, shoulder bags, keepsake boxes, piggy banks, chocolate wrappers, wooden photo frames, etc. You can also browse the design gallery to find a perfect design and even browse by occasion. On PicSquare you can import pictures from Picasa, Flickr and even Facebook. Photo prints are available in six different sizes, starting from 4x6” to 8x12” as well as postcard and wallet size. The choice of paper includes glossy and matte, while the printing price starts from Rs. 2.95/-. They claim to enhance your pictures before printing.
Do you know of any other online services? Do let us know.
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Published Date: Oct 02, 2012 09:20 am | Updated Date: Oct 02, 2012 09:20 am