For parents in the 21st century, it's a common problem:
What to do with all those adorable kid pics you have clogging up
your smartphone. So we tried out some products for getting your
fave photos off your phone and into your hands. Here are three we
(free, iPhone, Android) takes photos directly from your phone
and mails you prints within a few days. The photos are easy to
select, and the app warns you if resolution quality is poor. You'll
pay a little more than at your local photo spot (pics range from 29
cents for a 4x4 to $3.49 for an 8x10), and it takes a few days for
delivery, but we were pleased with the photo quality. Some were so
clear, they'd look great in a frame. The app also features order
history, account and support icons, so you quickly can find what
If you like making photo books, but don't have the time, try
iPhone). This app allows you to make a 20-page photo book for a
flat rate of $20. We liked the ease of adding and reordering photos
to produce the perfect little book. You'll want to edit your photos
first-problems with red eye and lighting are more obvious when
printed. We think the best feature is the pretty tiled cover,
making it ideal for displaying on your coffee table. Or the pop-up
alerts that let us know exactly when the book was printed, mailed
and set to be delivered (a lightning-fast three days).
The showstopper was CanvasPop
, a website that takes your photos from smartphone, as well
as Instagram and Facebook, and turns them into beautiful canvas
prints. CanvasPop is a pricier option, with selections starting at
$30 for an unframed 8x10, but the end result is a treasure you'll
keep forever. Save 25 percent off your CanvasPop order through
April 30 with discount code CHICAGOPARENT.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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