I’ve been uploading lots of great photos to my Google Plus account. Is there an easy way for me to order prints through a major photo service like Snapfish?
Well, yes and no. There is a way you can order prints from the photos you have uploaded to Google Plus, but it’s not through Google Plus itself, rather confusingly. The secret is that you have to work with the rather less popular Picasa photo management system that Google also runs and that – surprise! – shares its photo database with Google Plus.
This means that every photo you’ve uploaded to Google Plus is also available in your Picasa Web album, which can be a bit of a surprise the first time you check it out. The drag is that Google already has challenges with its user interfaces, but in particular Picasa is overdue for a facelift to improve the user experience, as you’ll see in this tutorial. Why that hasn’t happened I imagine is related to the effort that’s being focused on Google Plus, but then why not have photo printing as an option directly in Google+ and make this easy?
Anyway, enough strategic planning for Google. Let’s deal with what we’ve got, shall we?
On Google Plus, you can click on “Photos” at any time to view all the photos you’ve posted:
Pick a photo that’s your favorite and click on it. You’ll see a number of options along the top of the window to do with sharing and editing, but no “print” or “send to photo printer” option:
Here’s the secret. Click on this link:
Now you’ll be seeing the same set of photos in Picasa. Pay attention to the tiny status windows in Picasa and choose “stay on Picasa” as needed so you don’t get bounced back to Google Plus along the way. Tricky the first time, but once you set it, you’re good.
On your Picasa home page you’ll now see all your photos and albums:
Nice one with Santa, eh? Not my girls, however!!
The photo I want to print is in the “Photos from posts” album, so I’ll click on the thumbnail…
The pic is #3 on this strip of images, a photo of my sister and I from many, many weeks ago. Alright, years ago. Lots of years ago.
A click on it and now the detailed toolbar along the top of the photo has different options:
Ahhh… there’s that “Prints” button that we want to find. Click on it.
Finally, the solution.
Choose “Order prints” and nothing happens.
Actually, something does, but you have to really pay attention because the status update is tiny:
Click on “view” to get to the spot where you can choose from a wide range of different photo printing services :
You asked about Snapfish, so let’s go down that path. Click on the Snapfish link and the photo or photos are automatically transferred and 4×6 glossy prints are chosen:
Nine cents. Yup, $0.09. Add $0.99 for shipping and handling and it’s hard to go wrong, even if the print doesn’t come out well!
You can add more photos at this point, go back to Picasaweb to add more photos from there, or click “Continue” to enter your shipping and billing information.
Done. Not too bad, once you know the secret of switching to Picasa along the way.