Review: #Sticky9 Instagram printing service. Plus 15% discount codePosted by Sand on May 17, 2015 in Review | 8 comments
I go through phases on photo sharing site Instagram, sometimes I use it a lot, sometimes there can be months in between visits…well that pretty much describes most of my habits these days, everything varies. A lot. However I use it though, the app is very user friendly and it’s a great way to keep up with the life/art of people you like.
Earlier this week I came across this site,
They make fridge magnets from your Instagram photos, or any photos as this screenshot shows,
They make other stuff too, a cute frame that holds 9 magnets so that you can swap and change the display, square prints…
Prices include worldwide shipping, (love it when places do that) so I decided to try their photo cards. I usually get my cards printed at Moo, but the idea of cute square cards appealed to me. Sadly the page I used to choose the card option didn’t show this photo,
…if it had, I’d have realised that the cards were actually quite big. My fault for not looking through the whole site first etc.
The main problem wasn’t my fault though. More on that in a moment.
One of my favourite apps is ‘Touchnote’ another printing service, but one that’s designed to send personalised cards and postcards made from your photos. You buy credits. One credit gets you a postcard and includes worldwide postage and the quality and speed are top notch. Their app, like many other printing services I’ve used, has a built in tool that tells you if the image you’re using is too small.
If an image is too small/low resolution then the print will be blurry and pixelated. Many online printing places just don’t allow you to use images that are too small because it compromises the quality of what they’re producing.
As a general rule I only post very small images, this is to prevent copyright theft. A small image stolen from my website or wherever will look ok on a screen, but if the thief tries to print it, it will look terrible. Occasionally I forget, this is true of some of my earlier artwork uploaded before resizing became second nature (and easier due to having found a great app to do it with.)
I was doubtful that my Instagram feed would have images big enough, but the magnets looked pretty small so I figured that the cards would be too, and so I had a go. Assuming, (tut tut) that the site would tell me if an image was too small.
It accepted all the images I tried! (Yeah, I know, this should have warned me…) so I chose some favourites and paid with Paypal, making the whole process really quick and easy. I ordered them on Thursday and they arrived today! Yay!
You know what’s coming next I bet…
Firstly the cards were bigger than I expected. No big deal, just not quite as cute as I imagined. The quality is fine, much better than the likes of Vistaprint or BonusPrint, but not quite as lush as Moo.
Alas though, some of the cards are unusable due to the image having been too small. They are blurred and pixilated. I’ll play with them, adding other media on top, but it’s such a shame!
Would I use them again? Yes, I think so. The prices are reasonable and so long as I make sure I use images from my photo albums that I’ve checked are big enough, all should be fine.
…and if you click the image above, you’ll go to the Sticky9 site. Use this code: FRIEND11E91 and you’ll get a 15% discount.