Shutterfly Review 2019

Vendor: Shutterfly
Print Size: 4" x 6"
Best Pricing:
Best Price: 9¢ each.

Print Sizes Available: Wallet, 5x7", 8x10"
Paper Surfaces Available: Glossy and Matte
Free Software & Tools: Available
Photo-based Gifts: Available - Click here
Overall Rating for Shutterfly is 4.8 out of 5
Overall Rating

Ordering Process
Quality of Prints
Shipping Costs
Turn Around Time
Other Services


Shutterfly has emerged as a strong player in the online photo publishing industry over the years and it now has many product offerings. With its free photo sharing service, you can securely store as many of your images as you like and share them with your loved ones. Shutterfly offers a wide range of customized goods, including announcements, invitations, greeting cards, stationery and a whole lot more. We found it fun makes it fun and easy to be thoughtful and creative with your memories.

Ease of Use - Ordering Process:
Shutterfly has a straight-forward ordering process on their website and it is not much of a hassle to find the things you are looking for though there is still scope for improvement in navigation. Sign-up process is quick and you can get started with your projects right away. You can upload your photos from your computer and mobile, as well as from your Picasa and Facebook accounts using various Shutterfly applications and easily import them to your Shutterfly account. There are ample web based editing options for your uploaded pictures and you can play around with these settings till you get it right! Shutterfly has an resourceful online help center, with an email address for customer support as well as a dial-in phone support. We recommend visiting the Shutterfly blog to find creative ideas for your photo projects. Many community members have shared the books they created for their wedding, family vacations and more. Their customer videos are also a cool feature, where you can watch customers talk about their Shutterfly products.

Quality of Prints:
"The proof is in the prints" reads the Shutterfly tagline. The set of prints we ordered met our expectations and the results were pretty satisfactory. We did notice some shades to be darker than was necessary in 2 of our prints. However, we also received some very good prints which were originally dull and which most probably had some amount of pre-processing effort put in by Shutterfly. Such pictures had a sharper and an overall brighter look to them.

Shutterfly printing service is a mid-priced option for prints and most other photo products. The per-print cost is slightly higher than competition and you can go for go for pre-paid prints to get better value.

Shipping Costs:
Choose 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and wallet size prints (in matte or glossy finishes), and also large format prints. You can receive your order anywhere in the US with standard, priority, 2-day or overnight shipping. Now you can also have glossy prints fast, by ordering online and have them picked up them up at your local retail store in as little as an hour. However, the print quality might differ slightly from store to store. Shutterfly covers you if you are not satisfied with your purchase. They offer refunds for damage/printing flaws and exchange for all other reasons.

Turn Around Time:
Shutterfly prints are typically mailed within one day of placing your order. For each service provider that we reviewed; we gave them one to four days to ship us our finished prints in order to receive a high score in this category. Shutterfly positively met our requirements on this parameter.

Other Services:
Besides photo printing, Shutterfly offers free online photo storage. Free photo sharing: You can create your own custom photo-sharing website setup in minutes and use your share site to privately (or publicly) share photos with friends and family, co-workers, or any group. You can also share messages and updates, add videos, calendars forums and more. Using Shutterfly's photo borders you can enhance your prints for free with more than 400 colorful, festive and seasonal borders that range from new baby to birthday, wedding and more. You can also add personalized captions.
Back-of-print messaging: Every photo you order from Shutterfly can be personalized for free with a message on the reverse side. This ensures that you will always remember the who, what and where of your special moments.
Shutterfly’s photo gift store has many products for you to choose from, including photo books, cards and stationary, calendars, mugs, playing cards, key chains and jewelry, ornaments, home and office products, clothing and accessories, puzzles and books.

Shutterfly is definitely worth it for all your photo printing needs. The quality of prints is up to the mark. You can also refer to it as a “good” online digital photo printing, processing and developing service which offers many photo-based gifts as well. Pricing is a little on the high side, but if you pre-pay or buy in volume, then you can get great and substantially reduced prices.

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