Your phone is a magnifying glass

Magnifying the small print on a partYour camera phone now has such high resolution that it makes a handy magnifying glass. For instance, you can read the tiny branding marks on small parts like this hearing aid if you take a photo and zoom in on your camera phone. dotphoto’s Edittools can also make a permanent image for reference or printing.

Images of tourist Magnifying a street mapmaps with tiny street names are especially helpful when traveling.

iPhones have a magnification mode, and Androids show two leaves in the photo mode: tap the single leaf to magnify your screen by 200%.

Zoom in with dotphoto Edit tools

Remembering Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Good Friday 2017Two years ago, my wife and I were in Notre Dame Cathedral on Good Friday. We were exploring the somber chapels deep in the cathedral when a commotion stirred nearby, and a line of young men in robes emerged from a dark hallway. We joined a small crowd that followed the celebrants to the front doors of the cathedral and out onto the bright plaza where they established the stations of the cross. We will remember that colorful spring afternoon all our lives.

How wonderful that Notre Dame was largely saved and will be re-built! Here is a dotphoto slideshow that recalls Notre Dame that day.

See the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Good Friday 2017

Where are my Android photos?

Where are my Android photos?Where are my Android photos?
My apologies to the nice dotphoto customer who called to ask about uploading Android photos. I suggested that she watch our video about uploading, which is usually very helpful; it only occurred to me later that she could not find her photos in her phone.

Android devices can keep photos in many different places, so we’ve created this illustrated FAQ to help find Android photos. A few simple tricks are very useful.

Where are my Android photos?

Pro photographers: add your logo to dotphoto

Your guests will see your logo when they login
Add you logo to dotphotoProfessional photographers, newspapers and others who sell photos on dotphoto can now add their logo to dotphoto. Your logo will appear to guests when they sign in as a guest or use a link to reach your dotphoto album.

To set up your logo, email your logo as an attachment to prologos@dotphoto.com  Logos should be oblong and horizontal, and up to 1031 x 286 pixels.

How to remove “red-eye” in photos

Red eyes appear in photos when the camera flash or another bright light source is reflected from the retina. The reflected light illuminates the rich blood supply of the connective tissue at the back of the eye and produces the red color you see in pictures.

To remove red-eye on dotphoto, go to the dotphoto editor by choosing a photo and then tapping the pencil icon. Then choose the red-eye feature, select the eyes and apply.

More on removing red-eye

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