Monday, May 16, 2011

Wink Photostrips

Wink is a special delivery printing service linked to Shutterfly (one of the largest online photofinishing companies) that creates photostrips from your digital images. You can either use your own digital pictures that are saved on your computer, or link it to a social media website such as Facebook, Flickr, or Shutterfly, and use the photos directly from there.

Wink gives you three different vertical layouts that fit 3-5 photos, similar to what a photo booth would offer. The site itself is clean and very easy to navigate, giving you step by step instructions on how to use photos from different outlets. You can even add effects to the photos like Black and White, Sepia and Vivid. The best part is the price, a flat $2.50 with shipping included. Shipping is quick- your photostrip prints will arrive in 3-5 business days. The quality is also great for such a low price, on par with that of most regular 4x6 prints you can order from Shutterfly.

Ease of use is a big part of why I used this site in the first place, instead of fooling with Photoshop to try and create my own photo strip effect. With how easy it is to create, anyone who has pictures on their computer or social media website can use this service. About 2.5 Billion photos are uploaded to Facebook every month, why not do something with them rather than have them floating in cyberspace for all eternity? What really intrigued me about this service was that it was different from just the normal 4x6 snapshot prints. These will make great gifts for friends and family members, or if you're like me, decorations for your work desk or fridge.

Website: http://wink.shutterfly.com/


- Mollie Clark