Known for their focus on health and well being, we were concerned that the Walgreens Photo Center, yet another subsidiary, wouldn't measure up to other digital photo printing services. We are pleasantly surprised, however, with the long list of photo gifts available, convenient shipping, store-pickup options, ease of use and fantastic customer support options.
Walgreens Photo Center has a massive list of photo gifts for you to choose from, allowing you to preserve your memories in very special and unique ways, including:
We especially liked several gift options, including a dog leash and collar, stickers, magazine covers, crystal paperweights, cubes and ornaments.
Photo gifts, are a physical way to share photos with family and friends. To reach more of your family and friends, you are also able to share photos and albums online via the following channels:
Email – If you are using the email feature for the first time, you will need to manually enter each email address. This digital photo printing service will remember each email address you enter for the next time. Simply type the first few characters of an address, and Walgreens Photo Center will fill in the rest.
Link – The digital photo printing service will provide you a link that corresponds to the photo or album you are sharing. Simply copy and paste the link into an email or instant message conversation. You can also share this link with your Facebook or Twitter account.
Social network – Although you can paste the provided link into various social networks, you can also use the "Share To…" feature, which allows you to share a photo with a link to your Facebook, Blogger and TypePad accounts.
While you are logged into your Facebook account, you can type Walgreens Photo Printing in the search bar. Allow Walgreens Photo access to your Facebook account. This application enables you to select and order 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 prints from your personal Facebook photo albums and those of your friends. You can pick up your ordered prints at your local Walgreens.
Like many other photo printing services we reviewed, this digital photo center has incorporated a Group Room feature. If you missed the double rainbow on your Hawaiian vacation, for example, or the winning shot at your son's soccer game, this site feature allows users from various accounts to upload albums and share photos so you won't miss out. Although it is not unique to this site, we still love the Group Room feature, as it allows you to connect with family, friends and others to share photos from your standout moments.
Walgreens recently introduced a new desktop manager application. The W Photo Studio is free software that you can download to organize and manage you photographs while offline.
To test for quality, we sent the same digital photos to a variety of digital photo printing services. In comparison, Walgreens Photo Center’s prints were decent. We took each set of prints received from the online photo developers and laid them down side-by-side for comparison.
Sunset – Our sunset image came out well and we were pleased with the picture quality. The photo is clear and there are enough reds and yellows to make the sunset standout. We did feel that the shadows around our models were too dark, however.
Black and White – We were not impressed with our black and white photo, which had yellow and red undertones that altered the tonality of the image.
Aerial – Our aerial photo is a picture of London from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a slightly foggy day and Walgreens Photo Center was able to make many of the buildings in the foreground crisp and bright. Walgreen's aerial print is one of the best that we received from any digital photo printing service.
Walgreens Photo Center has a no-fuss uploading process that allows you to upload your images from a variety of sources. You may not always have your digital camera with you to capture special moments, but you will likely have your mobile phone. You can send any photos that you take with your mobile phone to the digital photo printing service. Storing photos on your Walgreens photo printing account will not only allow you to treat the prints just like the images you upload from your digital camera, but, by storing your photos online, you won't take up valuable storage space on your phone.
You can email photos, as an attachment, to Walgreens using the email address saved in your Walgreens photo printing account. You can also upload photos from a media device, such as a thumb drive, DVD or CD.
What we appreciate about the Walgreens Photo Center is that it's a one-stop-shop. Many other digital photo printing services allow you to upload photos, but then you have to pick up your prints at other stores. With this digital photo printing service, you create the prints and photo gifts online and pick them up your local Walgreens, or have the items shipped to your house.
Walgreens Photo Center has an impressive set of support features, including a phone line, email address and live chat. An extensive and organized FAQs database is available as well.
We are impressed with the wide variety of photo printing projects this digital photo printing services offers. The Walgreens Photo Center is simple to use, without sacrificing quality, and has fantastic customer service. We appreciate Walgreens' live chat support in addition to email support, phone support and a FAQs page on their site.
Walgreens Photo Center is a one-stop shop, allowing you to create and ship to your home or your local Walgreens.
Walgreen's Photo Center lacks a community forum, which we can find in other digital printing centers whose focus is primarily photo printing.
This service offers a wide variety of digital photo printing options to choose from.