You have reached dotPhoto -- an online photo printer -- because you clicked on a print button on a web site. dotPhoto is authorized by the web site that you visited to print and ship items made from the images that the web site posts.


Here at dotPhoto, you can:

  1. Select an item to print 
  2. Format the photo so that it prints on the item
  3. Add the item to your cart or print more than one item 
  4. Select a type of shipment 
  5. Approve your order
  6. Pay for your order

Each of these steps is described in detail below.


Resolution Considerations

Smaller items often print better than large items because the photo may not have enough resolution (density of dots) to print a pleasing image. If the original image is rather small, dotPhoto will not display small products like key chains, but not large products like posters. 


Differences between Small Prints

dotPhoto provides 3 different sized prints. Some things you should know about them:

  • A 3x5 is really a 3.5" x 5", but the print industry calls it a 3x5. The ratio is 1.42.
  • A 4xD is the "digital size", which has the same ratio as most digital cameras: 4" x 5.33" with a ratio of 1.33
  • 4x6 is the traditional oblong print size with a ratio of 1.5
Depending on the shape of your image, the image may "fit" best on one size.

Placing your print order


1. Select an item to print

Click on the down arrow and choose your item from the list.


2. Format the photo so that it prints on the item

Click on the photo, and an editing tool appears under the item. Drag the slider to zoom in on the photo so that it fills the entire space. Click and hold on the image to move it up and down.


3. Add the item to your cart or print more than one item

When you are satisfied with that item, click on the Add to cart button in the upper right. You can now Order more items, or, if you are finished ordering, click on View cart to complete your order.




4. Select a type of shipment

Enter your shipping information. Note that your email address is on line 2. Click Continue to Checkout to choose shipping options.



Choose the speed of your shipping method (Economy is the slowest, Overnight the fastest), and Continue to Checkout.


5. Approve your order

Add the address associated with your credit card or PayPal account -- or choose Same as Shipping Address, and Continue to Checkout


Review the details of your order on the next page. Glossy and Matte printing applies only to prints and posters. When you are satisfied, click on the payment button to choose your payment type.


6. Pay for your order

You can choose to pay with a PayPal account (A) or with your credit card (B).


Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the Place Order button.

Your payment will be processed, and, if you have provided an email, you will receive a confirmation email shortly.