In response to many customer requests, dotPhoto has implemented an ability to pick up your 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 The functionality is fairly basic at the moment, but should work very well in situations where 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. We are working on it.

We would be delighted to get your comments.  What other products would you like to have available locally?  How would you like to see this area of the website improved?

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

New Download for Club Members

We’ve made it easier than ever for dotPhoto Club Members to download all the photos in an album.

Here’s a visual and a complete step-by-step procedure in our Help system:

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Downloading images from an album

http://support.dotphoto.com/solution/articles/91392

Expedited Album Downloading is another special Club Feature.

To become a dotPhoto Club Member, click here. Get downloading, free merchandise shipping, phone support and more.

dotPhoto Card Sale – as low as 25 cents plus free shipping for Club Members

As low as 25 cents each Cards-Home2Gorgeous Holiday Cards at Prices You Won’t Find Anywhere

Our exclusive 2014 designs start at just 25¢ a card.

Each and every gorgeous 4×8 holiday card includes a mailing envelope and costs as little as 25¢; 5×7 folding cards with envelopes are as low as 99¢. Forget Black Friday discounts — compare dotPhoto to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and others, and you’ll find our price and quality can’t be beat — any day of the year.

Pick yours out today — dotphoto.com/StoreCards.asp

CLUB MEMBERS: your shipping is free on all card orders!

dotPhoto Partners with Buffet Restaurants for Seasonal Sweepstakes

Exciting things are happening at dotPhoto! We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with Ovation Brands, the parent company of national steak-buffet restaurants Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet®, Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain®.

Our partnership, an online photo contest called Your Favorite Buffets Seasonal Family Sweepstakes, runs now through January 15. Guests are encouraged to upload their family photos this holiday season to dotPhoto’s dedicated Buffets platform for a chance to win free food for a full year and a dotPhoto photo book.

The dates of the promotions are:

  • Thanksgiving: November 7 – December 2
  • December Holidays: December 3 – December 27
  • New Year’s: December 28 – January 15

Visit your local buffet today to see our in-store promotion and join the fun.

Get a coupon for your favorite Buffet here.

Find a restaurant in your area. Click here.