Mail a custom photo card from your desk — only $1.99!

See Mail4Me Card How-to Video!“How did you send that card?” my friends often ask. “I don’t want to throw it away because it’s got our pictures in it!”

The Mail4Me card is probably my favorite dotphoto product, but even my wife forgets to use it. It’s one of the best ways to show my friends that I care about them. When I’m invited to dinner or an event, I take a few photos, upload them to dotphoto, and make a thank-you card.

The Mail4Me cards include photos inside and outside, a personal message, and a picture of my signature. But here’s the amazing thing: dotphoto Club members can send a Mail4Me card including First Class postage for just $1.99! (Only $1.89 if you use the newsletter code below.)

And one more thing — I never have to leave my desk. I don’t have to drive around, browse endlessly through cards with the usual saccharine messages, and pay $6 plus postage. I can send a customized message and some photos that actually mean something to my friends for just $1.99. They’re amazed, and it’s a bargain!

Helpful tip: when you make a Mail4Me card, the card design includes the ship-to and your return address that will go on the envelope. The check-out process also contains the usual ship-to and billing addresses because you might have other items in your cart, but the cart ship-to will NOT apply to your card.

Here’s a video of how to make your own Mail4Me cards in under 3 minutes:

The Secret 7.6 cent Print Sale

4x6 Prints only 7.6 cents!Use dotphoto’s weekly Reader’s Reward code in the dotphoto newsletter to save another 5% on our already low 4×6 print prices. As a dotphoto member, you’ll always get free shipping on orders of $10 or more, so your shipping is free, which is one reason that dotphoto print prices are even better than “free print” services, which ding you for lots of additional costs. (Tap here to see why dotphoto is cheaper than “free” prints.)

Here’s the biggest secret: you can get 7.6 cent prints every week — just look for the Reader’s Reward code in your weekly dotphoto newsletter.

You can print up to 1000 photos per order, so the Reader’s Reward can save another $4 per order. And you can print as many orders as you like; every time you order more than $10, shipping is free.

Sign up for the free dotphoto newsletter here.

dotphoto Beach Towels

Order a Large MagnetBeach towels don’t have to be mass-produced. They can be fun and you can even add your name in the corner.

Beach towels we love

  • A full size photo of your significant other
  • Your school mascot or logo
  • A colorful flag
  • A sassy saying or meme
  • A family portrait
  • “Reserved for [your name]”
  • A picture of sand (funny, but it may be hard to find)
  • A picture of your favorite pet
  • Great art
  • Your personal monogram
  • Picture from the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Picture of your favorite car
  • A chalk outline from a police scene
  • Free background photos from this site
  • Any great photo from these free stock photography sites

How to print a photo from a video

Tap for free Facebook coversMore and more people are saving short videos on dotphoto like this one. But how can you print a picture from a video?

While there is special software for converting videos into photos, you can also capture a screen, save it, and upload it to dotphoto as a photo that can be printed. This dotphoto FAQ includes detailed instructions for both Windows and Mac users on how to extract and print photos from videos.  Procedures for capturing video screens for printing

Introducing the Memo Magnet

Order a Large MagnetConsider the lowly refrigerator magnet. Only $2.99, but occupier of the most visited wall in the house. While we wait for our refrigerators to become sentient – to order groceries automatically and to display pictures on our command – the humble refrigerator magnet carries on. You can wipe jelly off it, and, as new magnets join, reposition your pictures. The refrigerator magnet is one of the most reliable home devices.

Visiting Mom last week, I noticed that she often searches for certain phone numbers, so we created the dotphoto Memo Magnet– a 3.5” x 5” vertical frig magnet that has room for a photo at the top and a lot of text below. A second version has a header like the one pictured here. By the way, this quote is often attributed to Emerson, but was written by Bessie Anderson Stanley in 1904.

I sent Mom a list of her favorite phone numbers, but you can make Memo Magnets for birthday lists, favorite poems, inspirational sayings, procedures, save-the-date reminders, or any info that you might use or enjoy every day.

To make a Memo Magnet, choose Shop, Lg  Refrigerator Magnet, DesignsAll Occasions, and then add a photo and your text.

Citizen Journalism

Tap for slideshowAs we enter the age of constant cameras (and microphones), individuals have become broadcasters. Almost unseen in the recent news cycle were the riots in Haiti. The government raised gas prices to $20 a gallon to balance the budget. Riots ensued, buildings burned, three people died, and the government suspended the price hike.

A friend returning from a humanitarian mission shared these photos, and said she was relieved to have escaped. Beside the raw authenticity of these cell phone images, they are interesting because The Washington Post reported that “At one point they attempted to set a gas station on fire but were held off by police.” However, one of these photos shows a gas pump burning at a Haitian gas station.

How to print giant posters and framed prints in any ratio or size up to 42″

AGiantPosters friend asked how to cover a gash in his wall. He said he wanted a nice poster to place in a 33″ wide alcove, which is an unusual size. The dotphoto Custom Frame Shop can print posters AND customized frames up to 42 inches wide and tall, so the max size is 42″ x 42″. That’s a big image.

We added a border to the famous painting “Young Man at His Window,” set the ratio to 33/42, and used the dotphoto Custom Frame Shop to print. You can make laminated posters, canvases or framed prints in any ratio.

Most online print sites require you to print only fixed sizes like 20x 24 or 30×40. With the dotphoto Custom Frame Shop, you cut to any size or ratio.

Need help sizing your image?
We’ll set it up for you. Send your request to

The Best Time to Be Alive – Happy July 4th! – Free Facebook Cover Photos

Tap for slideshowThis may be the best time ever to be alive.

As we prepare to celebrate July 4th, it’s worth remembering that no nation has ever progressed so far in 200 years. We have more freedom, longer lives, and more opportunity than ever in history. Despite the drumbeat of frightening news, we are safer and better off than any generation before us.

Want proof? Bill Gates recently gave away a book called Factfulness to every 2018 college graduate. Examining the facts about harvests, cancer, plane crashes, child labor, hunger, technology and other concerns, Factfulness presents a powerful case for dramatic improvements in our lifetimes. This dotphoto slideshow displays 32 positive trends.

At dotphoto, we are fortunate to save billions of mostly happy photos from happy events like July 4th. Every week, we work to improve the service, fix something, or provide something you might enjoy. Here is the update for this week…

Tap for free Facebook coversFree July Fourth Facebook Cover Photos
These photos are cropped to 851 b6 315, which is the perfect size for a Facebook cover photo. You can copy and paste these images into your Facebook account, and then select them as your cover photo. You can also use the dotphoto editor to crop your own cover photo for Facebook.

How to make a dotphoto album completely private

Pepper Mill SlideshowLet’s say you want to share a single album or slideshow with someone, and you don’t want them to see any of your other albums.  Set up a guest password on your whole account, and then create a unique album password for the album you want to share. (The album password must be different from the guest password on the account.)

Note that a guest password will make your account private, so the MyWebSite feature will not be visible to the public.

12 Insanely Great Things about Dotphoto

Last week, a friend invited me to dinner. He had just returned from a trip and he wanted me to help design a photo book. My friend had used dotphoto years ago, and was so enthusiastic about the new dotphoto that I thought, “Wow! I should tell our customers how dotphoto has morphed into a really useful photo service.” So here it is!

12 Insanely Great Things about Dotphoto

  1. Dotphoto is a straightforward photo service: share, archive, print and even make money selling prints or downloads. We don’t surround your photos with advertising, sell your personal data, or push you to buy products.
  2. Dotphoto stores your whole image up to 20MB or 36 megapixels. Unlike most competitors, we don’t downsize your files, and you get unlimited storage.
  3. You control your stuff. You can download your photos from dotphoto at any time at no charge – or order a backup of all your photos on an SD card.
  4. Dotphoto is easy, though it does a lot. Commands are in a menu in the upper left: upload, shop, organize, share. For information about your account, tap your account name and choose MyAccount.
  5. Easy to learn. Tap the question mark in the upper right for detailed procedures and videos.
  6. No app required. Dotphoto works great on iPhones, Android phones, tablets and other mobile devices – just sign into
  7. You can call or write us. If we don’t pick up immediately, we’ll usually respond within an hour. Contact info
  8. 8 cent prints with free shipping for any order of $10 or more, which makes dotphoto an even better deal than “free print” sites.
  9. Get a $79 photobook for just $30 including free shipping. Use coupon SAVE49.
  10. Send a customized 5×7 folding card including First Class stamp for only $1.99. Add photos, write, add your signature, and mail right from your dotphoto account.
  11. Dotphoto’s Frame Shop is the best way to frame a picture. You can see customized frames, mats, and photos in any size up to 42” before you buy.
  12. Dotphoto has been in business since 1999 and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

For a more complete list dotphoto’s expanding benefits, please see

Upload from your iPhone or Android

How to make a Backup BookTwo of the most frequent questions we get is “How to I upload from my iPhone?” — and “How do I select more than one photo on an iPhone?” We’ve produced a short video that shows how to upload and multi-select photos on an iPhone:
Two of the most frequent questions we get is “How to I upload from my iPhone?” — and “How do I select more than one photo on an iPhone?” We’ve produced a short video that shows how to upload and multi-select photos on an iPhone:

The most important part of an iPhone upload is lightly dragging your finger across multiple photos to select them. Pressing too hard will not select the photos, but tapping the first one, and lightly dragging your finger works well when selecting more than one photo.

Got an Android phone? There’s a video for that:  Android upload video


Undelete and retrieve photos

Undelete Photos

Have you ever accidentally deleted photos? It can be heart-breaking. I had selected a bunch of family photos on my phone to send, and I decided to delete the current photo. Bad idea: I deleted all the photos I had just selected. What to do?

Most deletions are like crossing out a chapter in the table of contents: the pages appear to be missing, but the chapter is still there if you know the page number. First, make sure you don’t over-write your photos: stop using the SD card, the camera or the phone until you have recovered your photos.

Second, get this free photo recovery softwareRePicVid scans for deletions, and lets you pick the photos you want to recover. Windows and Mac versions are available.

How to make a Backup Book

How to make a Backup BookHard drives fail, computers break, and CDs need readers. Books, though, are one of the easiest ways to backup your memories.

A Backup Book is an inexpensive way to backup hundreds of photos fast in a physical form. The cost per photo in a bound 130-page book with 780 photos is less than 10.9 cents each including delivery.

With dotphoto’s SAVE49 coupon code, you save $49 on any book of $79 or more, which brings dotphoto books to about the same price as individual prints.

To create a Backup Book, download dotphoto’s book software, and let the software lay out your book automatically. Similar photos are grouped together, and you can edit the results as you like.

These instructions will walk you through creating your bound Backup Book in about 5 minutes:

Today, preserving family photos requires a comprehensive strategy for digital, print, and off-site storage. Here are our recommendations:  Best Practices for Family Photo Preservation in 2018

Abandoned America: our strange & forgotten past

How to rearrange photos in an albumYears ago, my father — who loved to ride the Philadelphia trolleys — went looking for a trolley museum. He and my uncle came back laughing with reports of trees growing up between the trolleys.

Today, the forest has grown more dense. Abandoned America features evocative photos of our abandoned past including trolleys, planes, buildings and more. Enjoy!

Abandoned America Photos