Printing Made Easy?! // Blog Challenge: Day 5

So you've got your photos taken and your photographer gives you a disc with your images on it... You may be thinking "What next?! Where do I get these printed? Who can I trust?" And I've seen time and time again customers unhappy with the service of one photo lab or another. Wherever you are located, maybe a small down or a large city, you know there are limited amount of photo labs to get your images printed from. But what if you don't have time to drive to this location and sit down at the kiosk and decide what you want?

I want to share you the EASY and QUICK way to get your images professionally printed without even leaving the comfort of your home!

All you'll need is:

  • A computer with a disc drive (to open the files from your disc)
  • Your portrait disc with the files
  • A credit/debit card to make an online payment

 

Ok! Let's get started!

 

Step 1: Go to www.mpix.com

Put this in your browser and load the website! It should look something like this:

Step 2: Create an Account

When you make an account, you'll be able to upload photos to this website and save all the content and projects you set up. It's as simple as signing back in when you want to print more photos or continue where you left off!

Click on the Sign In button at the top of the page.

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A prompt will pull up to ask you for sign in information. This is where you will sign in after you have an account. But to create the account, click on "Sign up Today".

A new prompt will open to allow you to input necessary information in order to create your account.

Next you will have the option to "View Products" or go ahead "Continue" to begin uploading your images. I would suggest taking a peak at everything you have to choose from to get inspiration first! 

Click on View Products.

Don't worry, we will come back and upload pictures in a moment!

Step 3: Browse Products

Click the image below to be directed to the Products page.

MPIX offers a ton of products catered to your needs, from individual prints to everything you see above! They are an awesome company that I've never had a problem with. Professional, flawless prints and products. Feel free to click on any of the products to see more details.

So, now you're ready to upload your photos? Let's move on to the next step!

Step 4: Upload Photos

Click on "Your Photos" at the top of the screen.

Here you will need to name your album. Be sure to specify the set of photos you're uploading so it's less confusing later when you have multiple albums. Then, press "OK".

Next, click "Add Photos" (obviously!).

In this next prompt you can organize what photos you want added into your album. Click "Add Photos".

Find the folder you want to upload from (it should be a folder on your desktop, and the same folder of your disc drive). Select the photos you want to add. If you want to add the ALL and quickly, just press Control + A on your keyboard and then Enter. If you're on a Mac, press Command + A and then Enter.

Hit the red "UPLOAD" button. (For the sake of time, I'm only uploading one image)

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If your images are a full, large file (I give all of my clients high resolution image), it may take a while to upload all of your images, so beware! Your internet connection may slow down doing this because when you are uploading, this one process takes up a lot of internet bandwidth (the total capacity of speed for you internet connection).

Now your images will show up in the folder you've created. 
To begin ordering, click on the black "ORDER PRINTS" button.

Simply select (to highlight in red) the images you want of a certain size and type in the amount you want on the right. When you click "ADD TO CART," this will your chosen amount of a certain size of print of the images you've selected to your cart!

Sometimes certain print sizes will require to to adjust the crop of your images. It will prompt you to adjust and approve those crops immediately if needed. Click "Edit Crop" to make sure it not be cutting out in a way that you won't find flattering for the composition!

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You can move around the red box to where you see it doesn't cut out important features!

Click the red "Save" button to move on.

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If you're done ordering and you also fixed the crops on all images that needed it, then click on "APPROVE CROP & GO TO CART" to check out. To go back and order more images, click "APPROVE CROP & CONTINUE SHOPPING".

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Step 5: Checkout

The next page is going to let you review all of the products that you will be ordering. If you're happy with all the details, click "CHECKOUT".

You do not need to make any more selection on this page unless you feel it's necessary. If this is a gift you can select "Add Boutique Packaging". It's really nice and I recommend it! Die Cut Wallets are when the edges are rounded on your wallet sized prints.
When you're read to continue, press "NEXT".

The rest of the checkout process is very self-explanatory. You will just be providing your shipping and billing information to complete the transaction like any other online secure order.

If you have any other questions or need help with anything else on the website, be sure to check out their help page by clicking here.

And that concludes this little Printing Tutorial! Hopefully this will help the newbies out there needing to figure out the easy way to order online, from home, and get professional, amazing quality products on your doorstep!

Let me know if you've ever heard of mpix before or if you plan on using them in the future! I'd love to know about your experiences if you've used them!

Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Kayla Joy Smith

Kayla Joy Photography, 218 East Main Street, Norman, OK, United States