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how to choose your photo printer

Our friends at Mpix are sharing a few tips about choosing a printer that best suits your needs. I will leave the details to Vinee McCracken of Mpix who certainly knows his stuff and cares very much about print quality. Mpix shares much of our same philosophy in terms of preserving your memories and having them off your device and in your hands as much as possible.

If you’re anything like us, you probably have hundreds (maybe thousands) of cherished family photos sitting on your phone, computer, camera, and memory cards. While that’s fine and dandy for some, we believe your story is meant to be told in print. After all, don’t you want your children to experience that magical feeling of sifting through a box of old photographs? In today’s digital age, we think it’s more important than ever to preserve your memories. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your printer.

Ask Your Family Photographer

While most photographers use a professional print service, your photographer can be a great resource on quality printing companies that you should check out. Remember, these photos are going to be seen for generations. If you skimp on quality and go to the local kiosk, you may kick yourself years down the road.

Read Customer Reviews

Do your homework before you trust a printer with your pictures. Many companies will include customer reviews on their site or Facebook page. Dive in and search for third party reviews to find the perfect match for your needs.

Place a Small Sample Order

Before you commit to placing a large order, order a few 4x6s or 5x7s to get an idea of what to expect from your printing company. Keep an eye out for specials; many places offer awesome incentives for first time customers (Mpix offers free shipping on your first order of $50 or more).

Quality, Quality, Quality

We touched on this earlier, but it can’t be stressed enough (especially if you’re considering ordering a wall art piece like a Gallery Wrap). Color reproduction and paper quality are crucial for producing a great print. If you’re willing to invest in your camera, it’s equally important to invest in your printing.

One neat thing that Mpix provides is a complimentary color-correction service for your photos. This is awesome because unless your computer monitor is calibrated to match their printers, the colors you see on your computer or phone will vary from your finished print. Their team makes minor adjustments to make sure your photos look top-notch.

But above all else, we simply encourage you to take the time to regularly print your favorite snapshots. It may seem like a tall task now, but we promise you’ll be glad you did.

Learn more about Mpix on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.


3 Responses

  1. Sara Gragg says:

    I became a fan of Mpix after my daughter’s Senior picture photographer handed me her disk of photos and said “use Mpix”. The quality of her Senior pictures was amazing as well as the panoramic photo books. However, what really sold me was how great my own 4 x 6 prints turned out. The color and clarity compared to other competitors I have used was absolutely stunning, as soon as I looked at the first print I knew I would be using Mpix for all my photo developing.

  2. Sean Eyring says:

    I ordered my first photo book from Mpix a couple of weeks ago and was SO PLEASED! In my review I sent them, I totally talked about how I used them to print my Project Life pages, so glad to know they will have an idea of what I’m talking about! I will definitely use them again in the future for my book printing needs, and have shouted their praises to my PL app group that meets at my house every couple of months!

    • Angie B says:

      Sean – did your borders turn out even? I just received my PL book from mpix and the borders were inconsistent page by page. Customer service told they could not make borders even. I’m bummed.