I often get questions of how I print my instagram photos. Since my instagram account is linked with my flickr, I can download the photos from flickr's site. Then I made an 8 x 12 blank document in photoshop and bring in all the pictures I want to print. I can get eight 4x4 inch pictures on an 8x12. Then I upload them to cvs or costco photo services and they are ready in an hour. All I have to do then is cut them out. It's pretty easy and very cheap, under $2 for an 8x12 photo. Someone on instagram recommended printstagram to me. I checked out their site and was very interested in some of their products. So I placed an order. Right after I placed my order I received an email that said:
"Please remember, We have a strange approach to order fulfillment and we take it slow to make sure everything is printed with high quality and attention to detail. It can take between 2-5 weeks for products to arrive, especially for international orders."
That's fine but I think would have been better if they mentioned that before the order was placed. About a month later, a package arrived from China. I think the package being sent from China had a lot more to do with how long it took then their attention to detail. This tiny book, for example, is very poorly printed. I was confused by this because the smaller a photo should be, the clearer it should look. I've only experienced pixelated photos when they have to be enlarged past normal sizes.
Another thing about the tiny books is that you can't pick out the order in which the photos are placed. Some pairings work well, like the one above, but it's confusing especially when different travel pictures are grouped together.
The last thing I have to say about these tiny books is that their pages are sticky. You can see that there is dirt and dust and lint stuck to this. Stickiness drives me insane so that in addition to the poor print quality made me not so happy with these tiny books. Yes these mini books are cute and affordable but if I had known about their stickiness and poor print quality I would have definitely skipped them.
A cool thing about printstagram is that you can also get prints of your "liked" photographs. These are 4x4. I do like how the photos are matte because glossy pictures never look right. Again, some of the print quality was questionable.
The mini prints are the only part of my order that I was truly happy with. They are a great size, the color is spot on, and I didn't come across any fuzzy printing.
An order of mini prints is 48 pictures so I got to get some to give as gifts. These are some cute shots that Katie took of her boys.
I ordered some of these mini prints for my fridge too.
My hand for scale, to give you an idea of their size.
The mini prints also fit perfectly in a card for mailing.
In my order I got 3 mini books, 48 mini prints, and 24 4x4s. Unless I hear about some different printing methods, I would only reorder mini prints. I hope you find my honest opinion useful. all photos by Margaret Haas.