These days, we take more photos every two minutes than humans did throughout the entire 19th century!
That’s a lot of photos.
But what do you do with all those digital snaps?
Printed photos definitely haven’t lost their appeal, after all these years. There’s something special about real, honest-to-goodness printed photos.
Luckily, printing all those digital photos is easier than ever. But with a multitude of online printers, how do you know which one is the best? Which service is the most affordable? And will they print your face on a shower curtain?
Before you order your next round of photos, check out this list of some of the best choices for online printing.
Nations Photo Lab
You might not be as familiar with the name, but Nations Photo Lab certainly delivers the goods. They offer great print quality, excellent photo enlargements, and unique photo gift options. It’s all at a reasonable price, plus your photos will arrive in highly protective packaging.
The only downfall with this company? They don’t have the slickest web interface, and they don’t have the added convenience of an app.
Though previously known as AdoramaPix, this photo lab has been around for more than 20 years. Pretty much anywhere you look, you’ll find this company ranked at the top. The quality — color, accuracy, and sharpness — is unrivaled.
Though the quality is unrivaled, it does come at a price. But if quality is your top concern, this should be your printer of choice.
I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of Snapfish before. This digital photo printer easily leads the pack in terms of being affordable. Sales are frequent, and the quality is solid.
Unfortunately, if you’re hoping for professional photo printing, Snapfish doesn’t support TIFF files. However, it does have an intuitive web interface that is easy and simple to use — adding to the online photo printing experience.
Shutterfly aims to provide an affordable option across a multitude of surfaces. They really excel when it comes to creative photo gifts and other media, such as photo books, photo enlargements, and coffee mugs. You can even print on pet food bowls and shower curtains.
This service is easy to use for average users and products are packaged well. However, although they offer a vast selection of photo-printed gift options, their photo image quality for standard prints doesn’t rank at the top.
One of the most popular online photo printing services, Mpix has a reputation for print quality. If you’re hoping to enlarge photos and feel confident that they’ll look great, this is the company you want to choose.
If you’re looking for higher-end professional photo printing, Mpix offers top-quality customized framing options, too. Unfortunately, they don’t support TIFF or PNG.
And, if you’re old-school like me, it’s worth noting that Mpix is one of the only major photo print services that still develops film.
Big-box retailers and chain drugstores aren’t always the most reliable when it comes to the quality of photo prints. However, I couldn’t put a list of online photo printing without mentioning Walmart Photo.
Keep in mind that the smaller your prints are, the more they’ll suffer from a lower-quality printer. It’s also important to remember that print quality at individual locations can vary widely.
With all that said, though, Walmart Photo provides pretty good bang for your buck. They offer a decent web interface with the added convenience of a smartphone app, and you can even get same-day pickup. Plus, they let your order photos on a wide range of objects, like blankets, calendars, and even phone cases. They’re also the cheapest to boot.