What’s with all the posters?

dotPhoto offers three types of posters plus a custom frame store with unlimited, sophisticated framing options:

  1. Standard Posters: our most economical large-size prints  A 16×20 poster is only $9.99.
  2. Rolled Posters: rolled, laminated, enhanced matte paper plus panoramic sizes like the 10 x 25 and 24 x 60 sizes
  3. Framed Posters: Inkjet enhanced matted paper, laminated and mounted to masonite, and framed in a wooden box frame. Includes a hanging kit.
  4. Custom Framing Store: the most sophisticated custom framing service on the Internet. More info on Custom Framing

Here’s an updated, step-by-step process for ordering dotPhoto posters.


Designing a multi-photo framed poster

New: Seriously Custom Framing!

We are pleased to announce that we have rolled out a custom online framing shop.

We couldn’t be more excited: it’s the best online custom photo-framing solution in existence.  Expect to get framed prints that are every bit as high quality as you would expect to buy at your local frame shop.  They are hand made with sealed paper backs, just like local custom frames.

But you will find that our prices are on the average about half what you would pay in a local store.

Club members get free shipping, which is a significant expense on these.

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Overall Features:

  • You can crop your framed photos any way you’d like.  There is no requirement that you adhere to 8 x 10″, 11 x 14″, etc.  You can frame, say a 5.3″ x 40.72″ photo if your heart desires.
  • There are several dozen choices of frames.
  • You can select up to three layered mats, in your choice of 28 colors (mats are only available on images up to 24″ on their long side).
  • You can specify the exact type of glass to be used.  Specify glass (standard, nonglare, or museum — which blocks 99% of incoming UV), or Plexiglas (standard or nonglare).

Framed images can be up to 42″ on the long side.

This is an easy way to frame panoramics or any other photo where you want it how you want it, and not according to some standardized format.  And the pricing is spectacular.  Consider giving one of these a whirl — could be addictive!

To buy a framed print:

  1. Select an image, and click on the Cart button
  2. In the Quick Order Form, click on Choose cards, frames, posters, mugs & more  button
  3. Select Framed Prints

… and you’re off to the races.

For a detailed ordering procedure, click here.

We would love to hear any feedback you’d care to share with us.

Linking to your dotPhoto pages

You can link virtually any page or photo element in your dotPhoto account to your blog, discussion board or web site. You can also use these links in an email.

You can link:

  • Your main album page
  • Any specific album
  • Any specific photo
  • Any album beginning with any specific photo

For instance, here is a link to a sample album: http://www.dotphoto.com/go.asp?l=test&AID=6672239

This dotPhoto FAQ provides illustrated procedures for each type of link:


Printing your photos for local pickup

You can now pick up your dotPhoto print order at over 22,000 retailers nationwide.  

You’ll notice a new button (“Order Prints for Local Pickup”) in our shopping cart. screenshot_newcheckout2 This works well when there’s simply not time to wait for mail-order. Limitations: 1. For the moment, you can only order prints and posters for local pickup.  Other photo merchandise such as framed prints, puzzles, cards, mugs etc. must still be purchased in the normal fashion.

2. The price is likely to be higher than via e-commerce.  We do not control local merchants’ pricing – that is up to them.  That being said, when you get to the store, the price may be lower than you saw on dotPhoto, since local stores very often run print specials.  Those specials do not always pass through to become visible on the system.

Stand-up Photo-cutouts are Back!

Cutouts are baaaack!


We’re reintroducing our wildly popular photo-cutouts. 

They’re ridiculously fun, and can work as place-settings at parties, decorations in the young sports hero’s room, or whatever you may want to use them for.  They really are superb, funky, impeccably crafted things.

A photo-cutout is mounted on an acrylic background, cut out by hand (the art of the thing is getting it just exactly right, and machines simply don’t cut the mustard!) and mounted on a base that will stand vertically. Photo cutouts make excellent gifts.  

There’s an instruction box in our ordering system to specify exactly what you want (e.g., “Just give me the boy and his ball!”).

For a FAQ on ordering photo cutouts, please go here.

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16MB Uploads for Club Members

dotPhoto has just increased the single image upload from 12 MB to 16 MB for Club Members.

How big is that? The highest resolution for most printers is 300 dots per inch, so, if every single pixel were different, you could print a perfect 300 by 300 pixel-per-inch photo at 11 inches by 16 inches. This would be about 15.8 million pixels.

However, all pixels are NOT different: there are whole regions of sky and skin that have the same attributes, so most JPG files shrink significantly. In addition, large format printing devices (24″ to 60″) usually print at 72 to 100 dpi, so your 16MB upload can print the largest posters offered by dotPhoto.

One rule of thumb is that a each MegaPixel (MP) translates into roughly a half a MegaByte (MB), so a 32 megapixel camera will create roughly a 16 MB JPG file.

The Time to Upload Problem

Of course, very large images take longer to upload, so you might want to consider if you’re ever going to print more than a 4″ x 6″ print. Here are optimal image sizes in pixels for guidance in choosing image or print sizes:

Print in Inches Pixels
 Wallet Less than 480 x 640
4 x 6 (Minimum) 480 x 640
4 x 6 (Best) 768 x 1024
5 x 7 864 x 1152
8 x 10 1200 x 1600
11 x 14 1600 x 2000
16 x 20 1600 x 2000
20 x 30 1600 x 2000
24  x 36 1600 x 2400
30 x 40 2000 x 3000