If your Flickr photos are begging to be printed big and stuck on the wall, or you think one of your photographic masterpieces is worthy of display in a friend’s home and would therefore make a perfect gift, you may want to to check out the company’s new printing service.
Flickr Wall Art offers users of the photo-sharing site a simple and fast way – “in as little as two clicks,” apparently – to order premium photo mounts and gallery canvas wraps.
Premium photo mounts, which start at $59, are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper with a lustre finish and mounted on a 1-inch board, while the gallery canvas wraps, which begin at $49, comprise a wood frame with 1.25-inch stretcher bars.
Sizes run from 8×10 to 20×30 inches, with standard and express shipping available for US addresses.
While Flickr certainly isn’t claiming its new service to be the cheapest out there, it’s hoping that its ease of use and selection of quality materials will be enough to tempt some of its members to give it a whirl, taking their best images from the computer screen into the real world. If it proves a hit, there’s a chance it could roll out the service more widely, enabling its members to make sales directly through Flickr to anyone with a bit of spare cash and some empty wall space.
The new printing service adds to Flickr’s existing photo-book offering, which launched last year.
Yahoo-owned Flickr has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. Launched in 2004 and snapped up by the Web firm a year later for a reported $35 million, the photo site began to suffer through neglect as Yahoo lost its way.
However, Marissa Mayer, who took the reins at Yahoo in 2012, has made Flickr a priority, with redesigned apps and a new look for Web just some of the changes brought to the service since her arrival.
[Source: Flickr blog]