Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wake up with a friendly Cup of Joe

Many of us wake up and reach for a coffee mug each day only to find the same tired, old mug in the pantry. Why not add some personality to your morning routine with a custom photo mug? They’re a fun reminder of time spent with family and friends and an instant pick-me-up. Not to mention a unique gift for everyone in your life.

At Walgreens there are several options to choose from including a commuter mug, café mug, a latte mug, a travel mug or even a set of mugs for the home or office. Additionally, you can choose one single photo or you can make a collage mug that holds up to 15 images. Why not highlight fun family memories like your last family vacation or your son’s soccer game? It’s easy with Walgreens.

Another way to celebrate your family each day is to chronicle an important event like your baby’s first year or a special anniversary. That way you can take your favorite memories with you and remember the good times more often.

No matter what kind of mug you make, you will have several different sizes and styles to choose from at Walgreens. So, get started now and use your digital photos to recreate special moments that make any day happier.

Have you ordered a set of photo mugs for a gift or for yourself? What photos did you use?

What events would you chronicle on a collage photo mug?

What pictures would you use on a custom photo mug for the college student in your life?

Choosing Glossy or Matte Photos

Glossy or Matte? It’s the question you face anytime you print digital images.  While ultimately it comes down to personal preference, there are some things to consider regarding each.

Glossy – one reason that glossy prints are so popular is because they show vibrant color well. Digital photos printed on glossy paper tend to appear crisper and sharper, while colors in matte prints tend to be more subdued. If you’re photographing something in nature or anything outdoor, a glossy finish might be the way to go.

Matte – if you’re taking pictures of architecture or monuments where clarity is crucial, then a matte finish will serve you well.  Black and white images, more formal shots and larger size pictures, such as 5×7 or 8×10 family portraits are typically produced on matte paper because of their attention to detail.

Are your photos going to be passed around a lot? If so, one advantage of matte photos is their ability to hide fingerprints and dust. This is because they have a slight texture to them. Glossy photos are shiny and tend to pick up smudges quicker. But keep in mind that fingerprints and smudges can be easily wiped away with a photo cloth.

Also, how will your photos be used? If you plan to frame them, one advantage of matte prints is that they are easier to view in all kinds of light. On the other hand, if you plan to use them in a scrapbook, the rich, deep colors of glossy photos may be a better fit.

Clearly, there are pros and cons to each type of photo paper. If you still can’t choose between glossy or matte, why not print off one set of each? Then you can compare them to see which look you prefer. After all, the type of photo finishing you choose will depend on what you like.

Do you prefer the look of glossy or matte photos?

What draws you to one or the other?

How have you used glossy and matte photos differently?