Printing Photos on Flickr

My friend’s mom asks:

I need some technical advice. Liz has posted her photos on Flickr…I would like to create an old-fashioned paper album/scrapbook…[but] of course, I don’t know how to download those photos so I can print them out. Could you please tell me now to do that?

I think the easiest way is to print them at Target and pick them up (which is what I did); you can have them mailed to you. The alternative is to print them out yourself, but you’d need to have a photo-quality printer and photo paper and even then I’m pretty sure it ends up being a little bit more expensive to print them yourself once you factor in the cost of ink and photo paper.

I’m going to continue based on the assumption that you want to print them at Target. If you don’t just let me know and I can send you an alternative set of instructions to print them yourself.

It’s actually pretty easy once you get going, although there’s a bit of a learning curve. I’m also coordinating with Liz because she has to make a small change to her preferences1 on Flickr to allow other people to print the photos.

Once Liz has updated her settings, the first thing you’ll want to do is sign in to Flickr. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to make one.

Once that’s done, navigate to Liz’s Flickr page and click on the first photo you want to print.

Just above the picture will be an option that says “Prints & More”. Click that and a drop down menu will appear. There will be options for “4×6″, 5×7″, 8×10″, and Wallet Prints. It also may say”4xD”, 5xD”, 8xD” instead and that’s okay too. The ‘D’ just means the photos were taken with a digital camera and the print may not be exactly 4×6 (or what have you).

In any event, select the quantity of that picture you want in what ever size(s) you want and click “ADD TO CART” and then click “CONTINUE BROWSING.” Repeat the process for all the pictures you want to print.

When you’re done, click the shopping cart icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You’ll have a chance to review what’s in your cart and to select a Target store to pick the photos up at or type in your address for mail delivery. Click “CHECK OUT” and follow the directions and you’re all set.

1 To allow other people to print your photos, change your settings by:

  1. Log into Flickr
  2. Go to: http://www.flickr.com/account/printing/?from=privacy
  3. Select: “Any Flickr Member” from the drop down box
  4. Click “Save”

Using MediaFire to Send Large Files

Sending large files to someone can be hard. If the person I’m trying to send the files to is on the same network as I am, I usually just use AIM. If they’re not, I’ll upload the file to my server for them to download.

But what if you don’t have a server?

File uploading businesses are pretty much a dime a dozen, but MediaFire caught my eye with an easy to use upload form that has no size restrictions or mandatory user registration.

It’s easy to get started, especially with the following screen cast I made showing how to upload:

Uploading files with MediaFire (2.7 MB)