How to use dotphoto for Document Storage

dotphoto handles documents, too. Here’s how to manage documents on dotphoto, too:

  • Documents on dotphotoCreate a Documents album in your dotphoto account under Organize.
  • Add a guest password, so that album is locked and will not appear to your photo-browsing guests.
  • When you get a document that you want to keep, take a photo of it with your phone.
  • Run dotphoto.com on your phone, and upload the document to your Documents album.

A few documents I’ve captured lately:

  • A quote for lawn care that will start in the spring
  • IRS Refund Letter
  • Birth Certificate
  • Shipping paperwork

Now you can access documents whenever you want, and even download full-sized copies of your documents.  To name your documents, enter the album, and use dotphoto’s Organize Edit Titles function.

Share your holiday photos with a dotphoto slideshow

  1. To view and share slideshows, click on any photo.
  2. When viewing a photo, there is an icon menu in the upper right.
  3. The second icon from the left is the sharing icon.
  4. The third icon with the right arrow is the slideshow icon.

Viewing a Slideshow

Click or tap the slideshow icon.  The show will start from the first photo in your album and play through to the end at the speed in seconds in the lower left corner of the show. The default rate is 3 seconds per slide, but you can increase or decrease the number of seconds with the +/- keys.

Control the slideshow using the controls around the sides:

  1. To close the show and return to the album’s photos, click in the upper-left corner.
  2. Change the speed of the slide show by clicking the plus or minus keys in the lower-left corner.
  3. To move faster than the default rate, click the forward and back arrows on the right and left.
  4. To pause or re-start the show, click in the lower right corner.

Making a Slideshow

Every album can be played as a slideshow, but you can also create an album specifically for a slideshow, copy photos to that album, rearrange the photos as you like, and then share that album as a slideshow.

How to create a new album

How to copy photos from album to another

How to rearrange photos in an album

Sharing a Slideshow

When viewing a photo (not the slideshow), click or tap on the sharing icon:

The next page contains a link to the slideshow that you can copy and paste to your email, web site, forum, Facebook, Twitter or other sharing tool.

Clicking the Copy button will usually copy the link; however, certain browsers and phones may not enable the copy button. You can also select the entire link, copy the link directly, and paste it into your sharing tool.

dotphoto has the Best Deal on Holiday Cards!

  1. Make a 4x8 card in 50 secondsEnvelopes included
  2. Free economy shipping on orders of $10 or more.
  3. The more you order, the lower the price — as low as 49 cents for 4×8 cards and 99 cents for folding 5x7s.

dotphoto 2018 Holiday Card Pricing
dotphoto orders over $10 always include free shipping.

How to make a 4×8 card in 50 seconds
How to make a 5x7 Holiday Card
How to make a folding 5×7 card or a Mail4Me Card in 3 minutes
A Mail4Me card is a 5×7 card that includes postage and addressing, and that you can mail right from your computer.

New dotphoto holiday cards
We continue to improve our card selection, and have just updated the customizable 4×8 cards. We don’t have the expensive graphic departments — or the expensive prices — of some competitors, but, if you design your own card or want dotphoto to make a particular design, we’ll do it. For special consideration, write to customcards@dotphoto.com

dotphoto increases file size to 30 MB per file

New 30 MB file sizePhotos are getting bigger. Some dotphoto members have called about their new mirrorless and panoramic cameras that capture photos larger than 20 MB, so we have just expanded the maximum photo size by 50% to 30 MB. And your dotphoto membership still includes unlimited storage, which is a great way to free up the photo storage on your camera phone.

Getting the right colors

dotphoto prints using the sRGB color space that is standardized across the Internet, computers, printers, and cameras. sRGB is often the default color space for cameras. If you are adjusting colors using the Adobe RGB color space, you will see different colors.

Get the right colorThe best way to ensure color satisfaction is (1) calibrate your monitor to the sRGB standard (2) if you are pre-processing images in Adobe Photoshop or other editing software, use the sRGB standard that will align with dotphoto’s printers, and (3) trust your eyes. While dotphoto and other editing software provide automatic tools that are meant to help improve colors, your own eyes are the best judge of what you prefer. We at dotphoto do our best to provide a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience, but we all see a little differently. If you have calibrated your screen and you don’t like what you are seeing, don’t print until you have modified your images to suit your own taste.

More on getting color right at dotphoto

How many print credits do you have?

How many print credits?If you have received dotphoto credits, you can find the number currently available by tapping on MyAccount from the drop-down menu in the upper right. Even free prints can ship free whenever you order $10 of paid merchandise. For instance, if you order 1000 prints with credits plus a paid 30×40 poster, the entire order ships free.

dotphoto Disaster Re-print Program

dotphoto for social mediaWith floods on the east coast and fires on the west, we want to remind you that dotphoto will replace photo collections lost in a disaster for 80% off. We hope your photo prints, frames and books have survived intact, but our disaster re-print program will replace them quickly at a nominal cost.

How to Print a Panorama

Camera phones now take breath-taking panoramic photos. Popular scenes include family reunions, mountains, beaches, harbors, sunsets, and skylines. But how to print a panorama economically or have it framed for presentation on a wall?

Cityscape PanoramaSizing your panorama
Panoramas tend to be large photos because your camera is really taking multiple images and stitching them together. Fortunately, dotphoto uploads up to a 20MB image, which accommodates most panoramas.

Waterfall PanoramaTwo printing options for panoramas
dotphoto posters are so inexpensive that the most economical way to print a panorama is simply to print it un-cropped on a poster. Our custom framing shop also offers prints, laminated prints, canvas and frames in any aspect ratio that you would like — that is, your photo is not limited to traditional print sizes like 12×18 or 20×30. It could be, for instance, 28×42 like the waterfall shown here.

More on how to print panoramas

Use dotphoto to distribute your photos to social media

dotphoto for social mediaThere are hundreds of places to paste your photos around the web: review sites, friend sites, professional sites, news sites, and forums. Here’s the best way to work them:

With dotphoto, you can upload hundreds of photos from your phone or camera, pick the best ones, edit or crop them, and then copy-and-paste them into your social site.

Sharing photos to social media

Here’s the big benefit: dotphoto saves your full-size photos (up to 20MB each) while sites like Facebook shrink your photos to less than 100K. Social media is not designed for storage and archiving; dotphoto is. dotphoto has organizational tools like albums, sub-albums, and photo sorting, and even makes it easy to download your photos so you can keep a backup in your safe deposit box.

Upload from your phone  dotphoto runs well on both Apple and Android phones now with no need to install an app. Just run dotphoto.com as you would on a computer. When you select photos, hold your finger down and drag it over the photos to select up to a thousand photos at a time.

More on uploading to iphones         More on uploading to Androids

Save Multiple Projects – Great for Cards

Save multiple projectsWe’ve changed the way we auto-name projects so that you can save more than one similar project. This enables you to save multiple versions or, when making cards, to save the save version with different text to different people.

NOTE: the dotphoto cart does not allow duplicates, but photos that are different by even one pixel are considered unique. With cards, the cart considers the first image. To place more than one of the same product in the cart, you can use a different photo or slightly crop and save-as-new the same photo.

dotphoto has postcards! Save the date!

They say that no one reads anymore, so, if you want to make an impression, send a postcard!

dotphoto brings back custom-made postcards for only 99 cents. (Just 94 cents with this week’s Reader Reward code POSTCARDS.) Add any photo, invitation, or message — or use dotphoto’s Editor to add text to your photo prior to creating your postcard.

How to add text to your photos

Available in either glossy or matte, you can order as few as one at a time. Standard 4×6 photos fit conveniently on 110 pound card stock that qualifies for U.S. Vintage PostcardsPostal postcard rates (currently only 35 cents.)

The Internet is full of vintage postcards in the public domain that would also make arresting messages.

7 Sources of free stock images
that would be great for postcards

How to make a postcard…

  1. Go to Shop on the top menu.
  2. Click on postcard in the card menu, or search for postcard.
  3. Choose glossy or matte printing.
  4. Choose an album and the photowithin the album.

More info about new dotphoto postcards

The Sinkhole Photo Essay

Sinkhole in Guatemala CityOn February 28, 2013, Jeffrey Bush was swallowed by a sinkhole while he slept at home in Seffner, Florida. He was never seen again.

We often allude to the “ground shifting beneath our feet,” but the idea that one can simply disappear while sleeping is so disturbing that I wondered if anyone had ever made a horror movie about sinkholes. Only one, it turns out: “Sinkhole” was filmed in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a city that has been burning since 1962 when a dump fire ignited a coal seam. Centralia is an interesting parable about how government works: the town fathers didn’t want to spend the money putting out the fire, so it spread; then the state government deferred; then the federal government decided that it would cost billions of dollars to extinguish, and experts were not even certain they could put out the fire. Centralia was abandoned. The ground still smokes today.

The Atlantic Monthly has assembled this exquisite photo essay of the leading sinkholes on the planet. The deepest — at 1325 feet — is the Hranice Abyss in the Czech Republic.