CVS Photo is a subsidiary of the CVS Pharmacy. This connection enables same-day printing options and free shipping to the store. This digital photo printing site is well-designed and has an easy-to-navigate user interface. We are impressed with some of its offerings, including season holiday gifts and prints, as well as the ability to print photos directly from your Facebook account.
This digital photo printing site has one of the best uploading services. To upload photos, you can either click "get photos" or upload the photos directly from your computer or SD card, and if you have photos saved on your desktop, you can also copy all images and drag and drop them into your album. Simple, fast and efficient.
Once you have the images uploaded into your cart, you can do several things. First, you can perform edits, including removing any red eye, rotating the image, adding an effect like black and white or sepia and more. If you have previously edited your images in a photo editor, such as Photoshop, then you can skip this step and move on to putting together a slideshow, ordering prints or creating photo gifts.
We are impressed with the slideshow capabilities. Unlike other digital photo printing services, CVS Photo allows you to add transitions and shuffle your photos for a more artistic slideshow.
The gift shop has a variety of gifts perfect for all occasions, including the everyday or the special. Some of our favorite print options and photo gifts include:
While we would all love to be prepared in advance for holidays and special occasions, it just doesn't happen sometimes. But that's OK because this digital photo printing service has an Express Pick Up option. Simply order select prints, collages, cards, calendars and photo books online and pick them up at your local CVS pharmacy the same day.
One of our favorite CVS Photo site features is the ability to easily order photos directly from your Facebook account. First, you choose your photos. Your Facebook albums will appear and you have the option of adding the entire album or select photos. Next, you can choose the size and quantity of your photos, which will update your shopping cart. Once you have all of your images in the shopping cart, simply enter in your CVS Photo store information for pick up. Just a note, many of the photos on Facebook are low resolution. To ensure that your images will turn out well, select the high-resolution option when you first upload your photos to Facebook.
To test print quality, we sent the same digital photos of a sunset, a black and white image and an aerial photo to a variety of digital photo printing services. We laid the prints side by side to compare the quality from each service.
Sunset – This digital photo printing service's sunset picture turned out great. CVS Photo balanced the colors nicely, although our sunset's colors are not as vivid as we would have liked. And even though the backlighting is a bit darker, our models are lit perfectly.
Black and White – The image that we got back from this digital photo printing service was not what we had hoped for. The strong blue undertone made the print appear blue and white rather than black and white.
Aerial – Although the color in our aerial photo came out nicely, the photo printing service had cropped it way too much at the top and bottom.
The entire process – from uploading images for creating gifts, prints and slideshows to the ordering and checkout – is an easy process. The CVS Photo website is well designed, which makes navigation a breeze and contributes heavily to the smooth process.
The CVS Photo Center help page offers all the standard support features, but it lacks a live chat option. A FAQs section is available and has well-written answers, but compared to the massive database of other online photo printing services, the CVS Photo FAQs page is disappointing. The rest of the materials in the help section more than make up for the wimpy FAQs, however. If you do not know how to organize your photos, edit them or create various photo gifts, this section will walk you through each step.
We are quite pleased with the CVS Photo. The entire process from upload to order is simple. We really enjoy the Facebook application and think that more digital photo printing services should include this feature. Although we found this online photo printing service to have a great list of features, we are disappointed with the quality of our prints.
The photo editor and ordering process are very easy to use.
The FAQs section is lacking.
CVS Photo has the capability to be one of the best digital photo printing services, but the quality of the prints we received was less than top notch and we missed a few editing features.