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I have 6,359 pictures on my phone right now, but gave up on the idea of printing and framing them because of how expensive and time consuming it is to do it well.
Recently I was able to try Keepsake, a startup that makes creating professionally framed pictures as easy as uploading them to Instagram or Facebook. I was given a $100 credit to use the service, but liked it so much that I spent my own money to get another print.
What sets Keepsake apart from from any other printing and framing service I’ve tried is how simple it is to use. If you’re on a computer, you can upload images from Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram or your personal photo library, or use Keepsake’s iOS or Android App to use photos from your phone’s camera roll.
Once you’ve picked a picture, you choose your frame’s size, which determines its price. Small frames start at $25, medium frames start at $39, and large frames start at $79. Each size has about a dozen frame options with different shapes, mattes, and colors. Keepsake has a variety of wooden and metal frames that are handmade in the US, and you can even get your photos printed directly onto canvas.
I used Keepsake’s app and ordered one large frame (21 inches by 21 inches) and one medium frame (10 inches by 14 inches), which cost $125.24 after tax. That’s significantly less than I’ve paid to get a print I already had framed at a home goods store. Both frames arrived within a week and were extremely well packaged, which is something I’m always worried about when ordering fragile items.
Because Keepsake prints and frames your photos, I was initially afraid about how well the startup would be able to manage the quality of both, but I was pleasantly surprised when the frames arrived. The prints looked extremely professional, and I was impressed at how good they looked for iPhone photos. The colors of each print matched what I expected, and there was no sign of pixelation, even on the larger photo. The wooden frames I chose felt solid, and their hanging wire was thick and strong, which made them easy to hang. With smaller prints you can choose between a hanging wire and a saw-tooth hanger, which lets you prop them up instead.
The biggest benefit to having a library of digital photos is the ability to instantly share them with your friends and family, but the best ones deserve a place on your wall. Keepsake is the first service I’ve tried that makes getting professionally framed photos as simple as uploading them on social media, except the physical prints will last a lifetime.
If you’re interested in ordering your first print, use the promo code “ABOUT10″ to get a 10% discount.