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How Online Photo Services Work

Get Free Photo Editing Software

With most online printing services you create a FREE account, download their free photo editing programs, browse your photo files and then upload the pictures you've selected with the click of your mouse. Transferring images can take a little while, depending on your modem speed. Broadband cable or DSL is recommended.

After you have uploaded your pictures your possibilities are endless. You can create an online photo gallery, fix your images with photo editing software, order prints of all sizes, try out various digital photo frames with your pictures, which you can order along with your prints, share your digital photos with family and friends and even turn your pictures into novelty items like mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts and more.

Upload Digital Photos

Transferring your digital image files to the online photo service website: You can transfer copies of your digital images from your computer to the online photo service. This transfer process, called uploading, is fairly simple. Most sites offer an Upload screen where you browse to your photo

Create Online Photo Gallery

Once you have uploaded your pictures, most sites allow you create secure digital photo albums where you can store, organize and edit your pictures and even add photo captions and frames. You can create customized photo albums and send email links to your friends and family. What a great way to share wedding photos, family reunion photos, birthday pictures, etc.!

Digital photo frames

Many sites have "digital" picture frames that you can try out with your photos with the click of your mouse. Don't like it? Try another. When you find a frame that you like, you can order the real thing along with your print.

Fix your photos with photo editing software

Most online photo services offer free photo editing programs and photo editing tools to help you take your photos from good to great. One of the most popular tools is for red-eye removal. Some services will even fix photo problems such as color and red-eye for you. Keep in mind though, that an out of focus image will always be out of focus.

Sharing photos

Instead of bogging down your friends' email with bulky image attachments, you can email links of your digital photo albums to friends and family, who can view your online photo gallery and easily order their own prints.

Create Customized Photo Merchandise

Many sites offer creative photo options such as photo calendars, mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts and other merchandise.

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