5 Apps That Turn Digital Photos Into Memorable Treasures

In our last post we mentioned the latest trend with regard to the output of our digital memories as consumers today appear to be all about the convenience of printing apps. While the venerable 4×6-inch photo print has apparently lost its luster, people are still more than a little interested in turning their digital photo files into something more – they do indeed want to liberate their photos from their smartphones, turning treasured memories into memorable treasures, so to speak.

We also briefly mentioned the recent InfoTrends survey that revealed 21% of photo merchandise buyers indicated that they had ordered a photo product using their mobile device and another 39% said they had not but were interested in doing so.

In fact that same InfoTrends survey found that more and more photo products are now being ordered through mobile print apps instead of through a web browser or a kiosk in a retail store. You apparently can’t beat the convenience of being just a few taps away from ordering prints.

We tossed the Mosaic photobook app your way in the last post and today we’ll look at a few more photo print/merchandise apps worth keeping close at hand.

Key Word HERE is “Free”

FreePrints

The obvious draw for Free Prints is clearly the word “Free” – as the app offers you 85 free prints per month, but only one print per photo – additional prints of a single photo are 9 cents each. The shipping costs are standard at $2.99, and your prints arrive in 5 to 13 days after you place the order, or for another dollar they’ll get it to you in 4 to 6 days.

We liked the apps’ design as it’s super easy to use—you can print from your device’s photo library, or link up your accounts to print photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, etc. Not only does Free Prints let you order high-quality 5x7s and 8x10s, the 5×5 prints they also offer are perfect for your Instagram photos. The quality is ok, not spectacular, but you can’t knock the price. The free app is available for iOS and Android, plus Windows Phone and Windows 8.

From Blah to Aha!

Krome

This next one is all about the fact your smartphone photos aren’t always the best shots you take, thus Krome Photos is all about turning those often times shaky shots into print-worthy memories. Whether it’s fixing the color, the lighting, the composition or editing out an unwanted object or two from the frame, the Krome Photos app does the dirty work.

You get a $10 credit for downloading the iOS-only app and signing up, and then you can order either express or pro retouching of your so-so photos. Express retouching is just 50 cents for the digital image only, or 50 cents each for a retouched 4-by-6-inch print. The more time-intensive jobs are assigned to a pro editor who retouches your photo by hand and based on your request—they can fix hair, remove objects and people, smooth skin tones, you name it, they can do it. Those pro retouches are $5 for the digital image alone, or $5 per retouched 4-by-6-inch print.

The editing work takes approximately 24 to 48 hours (we’re hearing it’s actually a bit longer) and that $10 credit is a great way to check this one out at no risk. Clearly you’d only use a service like this for a pic you love that has an issue in it you hate.

The Postman Delivers…Prints

Postal

We really love PostalPix as this is perhaps the most convenient (and free) photo output app we’ve played with. Prints are produced a variety of ways – glossy photo paper, aluminum (and boy do the colors pop), and a variety of photo merchandise products. An extremely easy to use interface (iOS or Android) and the push here is to share the prints with family and friends as the app makes it super easy to import addresses form your smartphone’s contacts. Nifty app.

Print Like a Pro

MPix

If you’re yearning for something a bit higher end, we hear ya. So then, you may be asking, where do the pros go to get their files printed? How about MPix, an app that offers 29 different sizes and three different professional-grade photo papers for super high-quality output. The list of offerings here is endless and includes magazine covers, ornaments, gallery wraps, foam mounted prints and a variety of print sizes. MPix is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Print Your Social Heart Out

Social Print

And finally, Social Print Studio urges you to “Print Your Heart Out!” A super easy interface allows you to print your pics on everything from magnets to minibooks and panoramics to posters. The Instagram framed prints are a favorite of ours and at $35 are reasonably priced. This free app is iOS and Android.

Happy printing everyone.

(And if you want to print at home, don´t forget to try Zoner Photo Studio.)

Last updated 28. January 2016

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Author: Michael McEnaney

I am a veteran technology journalist with over 20 years experience covering consumer electronics and imaging tech as well as launching, editing/writing content, selling and marketing a variety of publications and websites. Most recently I helped NAPCO launch the Technologytell.com network of consumer tech websites and also helped launch the popular tech website TechTimes.com as well as launching his own website at www.your-digital-life.com that covers all consumers can do with their digital images and videos after they’ve captured them. My true passion has always been photography – both capturing life’s most precious moments as well as covering the pros that capture the world.

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Comments

  • Great peice and fantastic apps. Wanted to bring your attention to a market that has been highly underserved – the US Military. I encourage you to see what Sandboxx is doing to get digital photos to those who have no access to their mobile phone. Watch this video: http://youtu.be/yBTF0u1VCEM

    Web: http://www.sandboxx.us

    • Zoner

      That looks really interestig, thank you for the tip!

  • Herb Smith

    What I have not found is a good random slide show player to send all my photos and video’s to a display on the family room wall. None of what I have found plays well with 25,000 plus photos. Most have no way of superimposing exif data on the photo. None has any easy way of selecting just photos with certain tags, so I can quickly modify the slide show depending on who is visiting.

    I currently export all my photo to my laptop which drives the monitor on the wall. Irfan is the best I have found so far but it is far from ideal.

  • I will check out the SandBoxx – might make an interesting future blog. Thx

  • And I’ll look into Irfan as well….

  • Nice article! Recently I just tried TouchingPrints and their prints are also pretty good. They offer services like instagram or facebook printing, which is so interesting! Maybe you can give it a try: http://www.touchingprints.com