The best and easiest ways to print photos from your phone or computer


The quality of a photo depends on many factors, such as the camera, exposure, composition, exposure, focus, and more. Your smartphone’s camera takes a lot of the guesswork out of making all these settings automatically. A more proactive photographer can adjust these settings to their liking.

Aside from the camera itself, the subject affects how others react to a photo. When it comes to selfies, you are your own worst critic. Whether it’s a selfie or a group photo, you want to look your best, right? Tap or click here for Kim’s tips for taking better photos of yourself.

We recently answered some questions from one of Kim’s listeners about saving photos and sharing videos. Now let’s go to her other question and show you some easy ways to print photos.

You have questions, we have answers

Carolyn told Kim she had 21,000 photos in her phone and needed a storage solution. We gave her a few options, including backing up her phone, using Amazon’s services, or going the physical route with an external hard drive.

For her next question, Carolyn asked how she could combine the videos on her phone into movie clips that she could share with her family. We recommended some first and third-party apps. Tap or click here for the story.

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Carolyn’s third question was as follows:

“With so many photos it becomes a problem to easily print my photos. On the online sites of local print shops I have to upload all my photos and select which ones I want to print. I have resorted to emailing the photos that I want to print or use for a project. Then I transfer them to our PC. Then I can select them and upload them to print. There must be an easier, less frustrating and less time-consuming way. Please help!”

Print is not dead

Digital photos are easy to take and even easier to share, but we still enjoy the feeling of holding one in our hands or flipping through a photo album. You have a few options to get the photos off your phone and onto paper.

You can invest in a quality photo printer like our sponsor’s Epson EcoTank. Unlike other printers that use expensive ink cartridges, EcoTank printers use refillable tanks.

You can print up to 11,000 black and white pages or 8,500 color pages per full tank. You also save approximately 80% on replacement ink with ink bottles compared to traditional ink or toner cartridges.

Fill it up

Choose from the EcoTank Photo ET-8500 or the EcoTank Photo ET-8550. According to Epson, they both print 4″ x 6″ borderless images in just 15 seconds. You will only lose about 4 cents per print compared to an average of 40 cents if you go for an ink cartridge printer. The ET-8500 can print up to 8.5″ x 11”, and the ET-8550 can print up to 13″ x 19.”

Epson’s EcoTank photo printers are easy to load and come with a high-resolution flatbed scanner and wireless printing capabilities, so you can print straight from your phone.

Both printers are compatible with: Epson Print Layout software that simplifies the printing process. It is a photo printing interface that provides photo templates, borders, frames, color options and more. You can even print gallery wrapped images to mount on a canvas. Tap or click here to learn more about these printers, including two pro models.

If you don’t want to print photos yourself, you can have someone else do it for you.

Free printing

FreePrints is a free app for iOS and android which allows you to order up to 85 free 4″ x 6″ prints per month (maximum one print per photo), although you do pay shipping costs, which range from $1.99 to $9.99.

Open the app, select your photos from your camera roll, Dropbox, Google Drive or social media, choose your quantities, and that’s it. Your prints will arrive within a few days.

For an additional cost, you can enlarge your photos to 20″ x 30.” You can also pay for more photos if the limit isn’t enough for you.

It sounds pretty good, but remember that you get what you pay for, even if it’s free. Reviewers cite inconsistent photo quality or damaged prints and delays in receiving their orders.

print studio

Print Studio is an app available for: iOS devices which provides printing services for photos, photo books, home decor (wood prints, framed prints), stationery (stickers, greeting cards), and gifts (calendars, Christmas decorations).

Choose the desired print product, select a photo to print from your phone, pay and wait for your order to be delivered by post.

The app is free, but you pay for your photo products ranging from less than $10 to $100.

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