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5 Great Options for Photo Printing Services

March 21, 2016

One of the most rewarding things you can experience as a photographer is viewing your work in print form. And for many photography genres, the printed photograph is the actual product the client is paying for. This makes finding a high-quality, reliable printing service essential! Let’s take a look at some of the most well-known printing services on the Internet to help you find a company you can trust to make sure your photos come out looking great, for both you and your clients.

1. ProDPI

Pro Dpi

If you look through any printing review website, ProDPI is almost always at the top of the list. On top of many users being extremely satisfied with the actual quality of the prints, ProDPI has affordable prices, and boasts free shipping for any order over $12.

For prints, customers can choose from four different types of paper finishes—Deep Matte, Metallic, Pearl, and Luster—and two types of coatings—Lustre Print and Linen/Pebble texture. Prints of 4” x 6” dimensions range from $0.69 to $1.15 per print and 8” x 10”s from $2.20 to $2.88.

2. AdoramaPix


AdoramaPix seems to be average in a good way—think “happy medium”—when it comes to photo printing. Most review websites give it a 3 out of 5 star rating in every category. This company inspects every photograph and has an easy-to-use online ordering system.

Customers can choose from the following paper finishes: Luster, Matte, Silk, Glossy, and Metallic. Luster and Glossy 4” x 6”s cost $0.27 per print, while 8” x 10”s cost $1.59. They also offer free shipping on orders of $39 or more.

3. Nations Photo Lab


Nations Photo Lab is noted for its print quality being excellent, as well as its recurring sales—at this article’s time of publication, Nations is offering 34% off 8” x 10”s or smaller and 35% off canvas gallery wraps.

As far as print finishes go, customers can choose from glossy, linen-textured, lustre, metallic, and metal prints. Glossy 4” x 6” prints are priced at $0.18 cents per print, while 8” x 10”s are $1.25. Nations offers free shipping on orders over $49.

4. mpix


Although mpix is known for having excellent-quality prints, it does tend to have steeper prices. One review website claims that mpix’s black-and-white prints surpass the other photo-printing websites in terms of quality, so if you’re wanting to print black-and-white images, mpix is a fantastic option.

Mpix offers three types of paper finishes: E-Surface Paper (Standard Photographic Finish), Metallic Paper (Glossy Pearlescent Finish), and True B$W Paper (Classic Matte Finish). Customers can also add a Lustre Coating, which “adds a rich sheen to your prints and protects against fingerprints and UV exposure.”

E-Surface 4” x 6”s are $0.24 and 8” x 10”s are $1.99 if you purchase 11+ prints. If you purchase fewer than 10, the prices are a bit higher. The same goes for True B&W Paper prints, which are $0.49 for 4” x 6”s and $2.49 for 8” x 10”s.

5. Shutterfly


For such a well-known brand, Shutterfly hasn’t scored well in the past when compared to the other services, mainly because their prices tend to be a bit high for the quality. That said, Shutterfly seems to have great customer service as well as fair shipping policies. It also has various sales throughout the year (until March 22, 2016, customers can get a free 8” x 8” photo book using the code SPRINGONIT).

Shutterfly uses Fuji Crystal Archive paper, which is a great paper for photo prints. Customers can choose from matte, glossy, and pearl finishes. 4” x 6” prints cost $0.15 while 8” x 10” prints are $3.99 (which is the highest 8” x 10” price on this list). Shutterfly offers free shipping on orders of $39 or more when you use the code SHIP39.


We hope this list will help you find a printing service that works well for you! Good luck!

Featured Image Credit: Printed Pictures by Martin Cathrae via Flickr

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