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. 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?
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
||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
We have added an easy Re-Arrange feature puts photos in order to tell a visual story.
Choose Sort Album from the Organize bar, and then drag photos between other photos or to a different page.
Click here for a step-by-step re-arrange procedure.
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:
Downloading images from an album
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.
Gorgeous 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!
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.