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Easy Canvas Prints Reviews: Shipping Info + See My Canvas Print!

logo easy canvs printsMy Review of Easy Canvas Prints: EasyCanvasPrints.com is one of the up and coming names in the crowded, and hugely-competitive canvas-printing space. In case you didn’t notice, there are dozens of companies trying to print your photos better and cheaper on canvas, and the stiff competition is forcing these printing sites to excel or die.

So, how does Easy Canvas Prints stack up? First, here’s what customer reviews and ratings say, and then my own review.

Easy Canvas Prints: Customer Reviews

The reviews for EasyCanvasPrints.com are overwhelmingly positive online. How good? Here’s a chart from Google Customer Reviews to illustrate what I’m talking about:

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Wow, 95% positive reviews for Easy Canvas Prints!

What Customers Say:

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Great ratings on Google and Facebook

Good Reviews: In their reviews customers use words like, “beautiful, stunning, awesome, love, affordable, unbelievable professional, fantastic, easy, and quality.”

That’s why 95% of customers leave a good review, and probably why they have a quarter-million Facebook followers.

“Very affordable and the quality is great! already ordering for my 3rd time.  It also arrived when expected and was very well protected in the packaging. No complaints!” 

Negative Reviews: I had to scroll through a lot of reviews to find any bad ones, but the top complaint was about the “slow and expensive shipping.”

“My order was processed and shipped quickly. The shipping costs were quite high and I will probably find another vendor for future purchases that has more reasonable shipping costs.”

OK, we’re off to a pretty good start, but I want to try out Easy Canvas Prints myself. Here goes!


Now, My Review:

First, I clicked their best promotion:

The “retail” prices on their site are inflated, so you’re cray not to use a coupon. Here’s the best deal for an amazing 85% off:

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Best current promotion!

Next, I chose a photo from my phone

My son, Connor, took a brilliant photo at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (with my iPhone 7) that’s perfect for this review:

flower connor easy canvas

Make sure your photo is as high-resolution to avoid pixelation or low-quality after it’s enlarged. This means you’ll need your the original or biggest size possible. If you notice that the file size is under 2 MB, it might not be big enough for the larger canvas sizes.

OK, now it’s time to print my photo on canvas.


Designing a Canvas Is Really Easy

If asked to imagine a descriptive 3-word name for a company that provides the simple, high-quality printing of photos onto canvas it would probably be pretty close to “Easy Canvas Prints.” I mean, it’s all there in the name, but do they actually deliver?

Normally the idea of being treated like a child might be insulting, but not when it comes to technology and the internet. I like things that are simple and obvious when I order a burrito or design a canvas, and that’s what you get with EasyCanvasPrints. (minus the burrito)

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Basically you choose a canvas size, upload your photo, get a preview. There are minimal, obvious design tools like “rotate” and “crop,” but that’s it. No filters or templates or text, just your photo.

Ok, that’s it, on to the next step.


Canvas Options:

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Once again, this is very simple. You’ll have two canvas depth options:

  1. Standard Wrap: A thin 3/4 inch wrap that is all you’ll need if you are framing your canvas
  2. Gallery wrap: At 1.5″ it’s twice the depth of the “Standard” wrap, and looks more substantial on the wall if you are not going to frame your canvas. This is the more popular option, but it costs more

• Framing Options: By default no frame is included, but you can choose from a few “classic” (thick and plain) or modern (stepped for a floating effect), or Brazillian Barn wood which looks like reclaimed wood.

I really like the classic black frame, so I’ll choose that to make this photo pop.

• Display Options: By default there’s no cover on the back of the framed canvas, but for $5+ more you can get a more professional, clean, cover that should make your canvas last longer.

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Easy Canvas Prints mirror wrap

• Image Border:  Important: By default the area that wraps around the sides is a mirror image of your photo. Here’s a sample of this “mirror wrap” (see photo)

This is great for some photos, but not others. Pay close attention to the preview, which you can click on and move around to see what your canvas edges will look like.

If you don’t like this “reflection” on the sides, you can choose a black, grey, or white border.

• Color Effects: Easy Canvas Prints can make your photo either Black & White or Sepia if you’d like. It’s worth previewing, but I skipped it and chose, “no thanks.”

• Hanging Options: Choose a standard wall mount (which I did) for $1.49, or a fancier wall-hanging system that can hold more weight for $4.99.


Review Order, Use a Promo Code

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Always use a coupon or promo code!

If you clicked over to EasyCanvasPrints.com from a promotional link, you might already have a coupon applied. If not, this is your chance. Don’t ever pay their inflated “retail price,” as promo codes can save you up to 85%! (Apply this coupon)

After you’ve applied a coupon, just fill out your shipping info, choose to pay via credit card or PayPal, and you’re done!


Shipping Info:

Shipping is an important consideration with Easy Canvas Prints for two reasons: shipping is expensive, and it can take a long time.

For my order I got a really good price on the actual canvas, but they must make their profit on the shipping fees, as my shipping cost over $16!

*If you don’t use a coupon, the shipping price seems to cost less, as shipping was listed as $10.99 before the coupon was applied. The $89 savings from the coupon more than made up for the extra $5 shipping cost though!

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Well, it’s still only $56 total for a framed canvas print including deliver, so even with the salty shipping cost it’s still a good deal if it ends up looking great.

Shipping Time: On EasyCanvasPrints.com they say that shipping can take 2-15 days but will vary based on the size of your order and what you ordered.”

My canvas took a long time in production, (because it was framed?) and after 7 business days I got an email with shipping confirmation and tracking. 4 business days later, (11 total business days for production and shipping it arrived. Let’s see if it was worth the wait.


Here’s My Canvas Print:

The big day just arrived. FedEx rang my doorbell and I got a big, sturdy box with my canvas inside!

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The canvas was really well packaged

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OMG, It’s beautiful!

Easy Canvas Prints: Close-up shot

My Review of Easy Canvas Prints:

OMG! My framed 12×12″ canvas print is gorgeous, and check out that detail from an iPhone 7 picture! The color is vibrant, and I love the thick “Classic” black frame. I’m glad I paid $6 extra for the cover on the back, as it really looks professional.

The framed canvas is really heavy, and feels sturdy. The frame seems to have cropped off about 1/4 inch on every side, which is to be expected. (Don’t allow important parts of your photo to get too close to the edge) 

The total price for my framed 12×12″ canvas print was $56 including shipping which is less than Shutterfly’s similar product (thinner frame) which comes in a total cost of about $70 (after using a 50% off coupon).

What can I say, I’m really happy with my framed canvas print! Looks like I’ll be one of the 95% percent of customers who write a good online review for Easy Canvas Prints.

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Have you ordered something from EasyCanvasPrints.com? Please let us know with your own review below:

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Snapfish Shipping Time & Costs + New Delivery Speeds

snapfish logo blue squareShipping times and cost for Snapfish: If you’re buying time-sensitive gifts or cards from snapfish.com, you’ll want to know the shipping options and prices. Even though their their “free” shipping promotion is great, can you afford to wait that long to get your order?

Snapfish shipping times:

Shipping Option:Shipping Time:
Standard: (USPS) 6-8 business days
Ground: (UPS or FedEx)4-6 business days
2-Day Shipping:3-5 business days
Overnight Shipping:2-4 business days
Canada:8-16 business days

Shipping considerations: 

  • Processing time is included in the estimates above, and takes up to 3 days. You’ll get an email when your order ships
  • “Free” Shipping is mailed at “Standard” (6-8 business day) speed, unless noted
  • Door to door tracking information is available for all shipping options except “Standard,” which only tracks as far as your local post office. Package tracking info is available in your order history
  • International Shipping times can vary significantly, and the recipient may have to pay local taxes upon receipt
  • Holiday shipping: Deliveries before popular holidays like Christmas and Mother’s Day may take longer
  • Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii takes longer
  • Standard shipping is the only method that delivers on Saturdays or to a PO Box
  • No Sunday delivery
  • Orders with multiple items: Products may ship separately, and usually arrive within 1-2 days of each other

Shipping Prices by Product

The price that you pay for shipping is determined based on the specific product that you order, and the quantity.

Generally adding a second item will increase the price of shipping one item by about 50%, but the only way to calculate exact shipping is to add an item to your cart like this:

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*View today’s top promotions for Snapfish here!new


Snapfish Australia shipping costs:

Snapfish.au has a helpful chart on-site with their delivery prices. Just click over and view shipping by product and quantity:

*Just click “shipping and handling” under any product for shipping cost as shown:

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Walgreens Photo Shipping Prices & Times (New)

walgreens photo logo greenWhen will your Walgreens Photo order arrive? If you’re ordering from Walgreens Photo, always remember to use a coupon. It also pays to know their shipping speeds and prices, which aren’t very clear on their site.

If you are ordering prints, consider their free in-store pickup, which is available for a number of products. If you’re order is being shipped, here are the estimated speeds for total delivery time:

Walgreens Photo Shipping Times:

Shipping Option:Total Shipping Time:
Standard (USPS):4-7 Business Days
2-Day Shipping:3-4 Business Days
Overnight:1-3 Business Days

*Shipping time exceptions:

The estimated delivery times above include an order processing time of 1-3 days within the total. This includes includes products like prints, photo cards, (invitations, announcements) folded cards, photo CD’s, postcards, posters, and Flip Books, but there are exceptions:

  • Add 1 day to these estimates for the following products: calendarsphoto stationery
  • Add 2 days shipping for: photo books, photo canvas, photo gifts, pocket books
  • Add 3 days to these shipping estimates for: photo clings, notebooks, and designer prints (8×8, 8×12)

Other shipping considerations:

  • Free shipping: Photo orders that qualify for “free” shipping are sent at “Standard” speed unless noted.
  • Coupons: Your order may qualify for free delivery, but “percentage-off” or “dollar-off” codes don’t apply to shipping fees
  • Military addresses: Photo orders shipped to APO/FPO mailing addresses must be sent via Standard shipping, and will take additional time to arrive
  • Alaska & Hawaii: Total delivery time is 9-14 business days
  • Puerto Rico: Total shipping time is 12-19 business days
  • Weekend delivery: Walgreens Photo does not process, ship, or deliver orders on Saturdays or Sundays

Walgreens Photo Shipping Costs:

walgreens photo logo greenYour shipping cost depends on the photo product(s) and quantity. Here are the latest shipping prices directly from Photo.Walgreens.com:

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Related: Shutterfly shipping info | Snapfish shipping costs | Vistaprint Shipping Info | Tiny Prints Shipping Info

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Vistaprint Canvas: Here’s My Real Review + a Sweet Coupon

vistaprint logo blueCoupons for Canvas Prints from Vistaprint.com – Not to be confused with their cheaper cousin, “mounted prints,” premium canvas prints from Vistaprint are a beautiful way to display your favorite photos as wall art. Use a coupon below for up to a 40% discount or free shipping:


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First Things First: Don’t Pay Full Price; Always Use a Coupon Towards Their Canvas Prints!

The Vistaprint.com website displays different pricing, depending on where you arrived from. For example, if you just type their URL in and go to the site, you’ll probably pay more than if you did a 20 second search for coupons.

There is always a promo code or coupon of some sort available that works site-wide, towards photo gifts, or specifically for canvas prints. For new customers you should consider the “20% off + Free shipping on $50+ promotion, and all customers should aim for at least a 25% discount off their regular price.

Simply clicking on a promotional link will usually apply the discount, and they usually notify you which promo code has been applied as soon as you arrive on their site from a promotional link or banner.


Premium Canvas Prints From Vistaprint: My Review

Canvas prints are a way to show off or preserve your best photos and memories. After a two-week trip up the California coastline I had no shortage of candidates to print on canvas to remember our trip and some of the breath-taking views that we saw.

*Tip: Don’t be tempted to go for the cheaper, mounted prints, which are categorized under “canvas prints” but essentially printed on thicker paper stock, not canvas! 

So, here’s a review of my own experience and the final product:

Designing Your Canvas Print

First, have a large photo ready to upload, and choose a Size for Your Canvas Print: From 8×12 to 24×36“. You can print your canvas horizontally or vertically, but unlike other products, there are no design templates for canvas with borders or text. (you upload the complete design)

For the most accurate results, design your image in CMYK color mode, instead of RGB. If you have a photo-editing program like Photoshop, it’s easy to save your image in this color mode. A few reviews complain that the image printed darker than expected, which is probably due to color mode.

You can upload your image from a number of sources including Facebook or your image library if you’re a returning customer. Beware: If you do upload a photo from Facebook, make sure it is big enough!  Printing of all kinds should be done at high resolution CMYK; I recommend at least 150 dpi or more. If you have the ability to work with a 300 dpi image, go with that. That means any image less than about 2500 pixels wide won’t work on any size canvas. 

After you upload your image, you’ll see a preview screen like this:

vistaprint canvas design

*Tip: Always upload a high resolution photo! After choosing one or more photos, I can’t stress enough the importance of using a high-resolution photo. These canvas prints are much larger than a common 5×7 prints and holiday cards, and you can’t get away with using small photos. 

If you are uploading a file from a phone or device, make sure that it’s the biggest version available. Any files showing a size less than 1mb are going to be too small.

Beware of the Safety line; sides of the canvas

Unlike designing and printing on a flat surface, (like posters) you have to account for your photo to wrap around the sides of the canvas. That big outer frame in the preview (shown with your photo at about 30% opacity)  is the part of your photo that will wrap around the edges or be trimmed away.

  • Never leave important parts of your photo to the margins (lighter) preview area: Anything displayed there will be wrapped around the sides of the canvas, and likely be wrapped around the sides.
  • Never leave white space in the margins of the preview area. If you do, you’ll likely get white space on the side(s) of your canvas! A number of negative reviews describe these white bands, and they are easily preventable!
  • If you see a small exclamation point / warning icon under your image in preview, click on it for a message. Most likely Vistaprint is telling you your image is not high enough resolution, and may print blurry, especially at the larger canvas sizes.

By clicking on the image, you’ll get a few simple design tools like crop, move, and rotate.

Final preview of your Canvas:

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You’ll once again notice the glaring reason that angry people go online writing bad reviews for Vistaprint’s canvas: you can’t see the sides on the final preview. Also, even when you click “view larger” it’s hard to see minute details, or whether your image could be blurry. (resolution too small) 

At this point you should see a discounted price from the coupon

Without the use of a promo code or discount, Vistaprint’s canvases are relatively expensive. Companies like Shutterfly (get promo codes) and Snapfish (get promo codes here) and even art to frames (get coupons) have raised the bar on canvas quality, and the prices have really come down. The retail price of my 16×24″ canvas is $93, which is too expensive.

After applying a 20% off + free shipping promotion, the cost comes down to about $75, which is more competitive.

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Review: My canvas Shipped in 8 days, and looks really good!

As mentioned, the bar has been raised for custom-printed canvas online, so no major brands are printing poor quality. I notice that the photo is about a quarter inch or so off-center from the preview, which doesn’t matter for my landscape photo of the California coast. This might be an issue if you rely on text or people’s heads being near the edges of the canvas. Give yourself a little extra room to the edge so that you you have everything important with at least an inch or two of margin around the sides.

Print quality: The quality of the photo is really sharp! The colors look really vibrant, too. I uploaded my photo at 300 dpi, which means that the largest dimension of my file was a massive 7200 pixels wide! That’s a lot bigger than any Facebook or Instagram images, so be careful importing from there.

The canvas is wrapped around sides neatly and stapled for ‘a no frame’ look, which looks good on the wall. It also saves you from having to buy a nice 16×24″ frame for your print. The images are printed “full bleed,” which means that unless something went wrong during the design phase, you’ll see no white area at the edges.

Vistaprint is good, but not the best for printing on canvas

At the end of the day, I recommend Shutterfly or Easy Canvas Prints for the best combination of price & quality for custom printed canvas, and like Vistaprint, you should always use a coupon! Good

Tip: If you are not happy with your canvas for any reason, write an honest & helpful, negative review on vistaprint.com, and they will likely credit your account with the purchase amount. Hopefully this is not the case, as Vistaprint has adjusted their online design process to fix the white space issue that was creating problems and garnering poor reviews.

[yasr_overall_rating] – Review by Kevin M.

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Ready to Print Your Photo on Canvas? Design Ideas & Inspiration

Here are some neat canvas design ideas on pinterest including designing a collage of canvas prints, as well as some nice black and white inspiration for canvas from Shutterfly.

Vistaprint Christmas & Holiday Cards Coupon: Up to 50% Off

vistaprint logo blueCoupons for Holiday Cards from Vistaprint – If you are looking for high-quality photo Christmas & Holiday cards at inexpensive prices, then Vistaprint is worth your consideration. Use our featured coupon below, or check out all of this week’s coupons for Vistaprint for up to a 50% discount on holiday cards and other custom printing.


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Looking to print custom holiday cards with a photo at a discount price? Consider Vistaprint

If I’m doing any kind of custom printing, I always consider Vistaprint, even if I don’t ultimately end up placing my order with them. They have simple online design tools, and make it easy to upload your own photos to add to existing design templates.

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Always look for coupons for VIstaprint; especially for holiday cards

While their regular (retail) prices are already competitive, you should always look to use a coupon with every order. While these promotions change weekly, there are a number of offers that have stayed pretty consistent over the years.

There has always been a great coupon for new customers giving you both a discount and free shipping, and there is always a free shipping coupon if you spend a certain amount. (Usually $50) We update these promo codes and deals every day on our main Vistaprint coupon page, so you can always click over to there, even if you’ve found a good one for holiday cards on this page.

Custom Holiday & Christmas Cards from Vistaprint

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As I was saying, Vistaprint is inexpensive and prints quality products, which is why they print millions of orders very year. Here’s a few highlights of their holiday cards:

  • Easily search design templates by category – Everyone has their own idea of what they want out of a holiday card, so it’s easy to get started on the right foot without having to sift through card designs that aren’t relavant to you. Narrow down potential designs by first searching: Christmas, Seasonal, New Year, Hanukkah, or Thanksgiving
  • Number of photos – Whether you want to go with the classic family photo on the front, or want to create a collage of 3 or more of photos from the year, this is another handy search feature
  • Flat or folded – Basically “flat” cards are like a postcard, while folded include an “inside” that is revealed when the card is opened. Folded cards usually cost more
  • Card size and layout – Vistaprint has holiday card sizes of: 4×8, 5×7, and 5×7 folded. You can also search for designs by vertical or horizontal (more popular) layout.
  • Holiday cards for business or family – If you are sending out holiday cards from your business, they have a number of options for you as well. While I always think it’s better to use your own photo, they do have stock winter / holiday photos that you can add into a design with your own text. Consider something meaningful to employees or customers instead of a generic photo like a Christmas tree or something. Maybe a group photo of the employees, or a great photo of a landmark in your town
  • Easily customize holiday message – Whether you are intent on keeping the “Christ” in Christmas, or just want to with everyone a New Year, most of the time the main greeting message is easily customized!


A quick video about Vistaprint holiday cards to inspire you…

Speaking of Vistaprint New Year’s cards…

We send out about 60 or more holiday cards every year now, and the list seems to grow every year. Our card recipients are a United Nations of diversity, so a long time ago we switched over to a “New Year’s” message, instead of “Christmas” as not to exclude anyone.

Consider New Year’s cards if you are frugal or a procrastinator! While you are going to look bad if your Christmas card arrives after December 25th, New Year’s cards can arrive just about any time in late December or January. Also, I always feel like it takes the pressure off of me having to get to the post office in mid-December, which is always a nightmare!

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There’s also a short list of family members who get a holiday gift in the mail, in addition to one of our holiday cards. It’s worth noting that the best deals online are right at or after Christmas, so why not turn your annual holiday gifts into New Year’s gifts, and get up to a 50% discount by waiting a few days? Here are my favorite post-Christmas gifts that go on sale:

  • Harry and David – Their pears are just as good a week after Christmas, but they are half price, and usually get free shipping!
  • Omaha SteaksFree shipping usually starts on Christmas Day
  • Shutterfly usually has a huge after-Christmas holiday sale. If you are giving out calendars, it;s also usually cheaper to wait a few days. Check out their latest coupons here

Thanks for checking out our coupons and promotional codes for holiday cards from vistaprint.com. We update this site every day, so please come back again, or share this page with a friend!

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Vistaprint Save the Dates | Reviews, Postcards, Magnets + Coupon

vistaprint logo blueInexpensive Save the Dates from Vistaprint: If you are looking to print beautiful custom wedding save the date cards or magnets, consider vistaprint.com. Here are coupons to get you motivated!


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Vistaprint Save the Dates Coupon: Up to a 40% Discount & Free Shipping

When looking for custom save the dates for your wedding, there are a handful of online printing companies you’ll want to consider including Vistaprint, Shutterfly, and Snapfish.

So, out of this group who has the best save the dates? They all offer a combination of high quality and low prices, so available coupons might help make your decision for you.

Every few days our coupons for Vistaprint are updated, and there is always more than one that includes save the dates, invitations, and announcements.

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Which Vistaprint Save the Dates Coupon Is Best?

It’s not always obvious which of the available vistaprint coupons is best for your specific order, so please consider more than one.

Are you a new customer? If so, you qualify for a discount and free shipping! Currently there is a promo code available that gives you a 20% discount plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more. This code has renewed every month for over a year now, so it’s pretty dependable. If it’s not posted today, don’t worry; Vistaprint always saves their best deals for new customers, so there should be something similar on our Vistaprint coupon page.

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Save the Dates for Your Wedding: Postcards or Magnets?

You’ll likely have a number of things to look for in choosing a design for your save the dates, but also consider whether you want traditional paper save the date postcards, or a similar design on magnets.

Magnets will cost you a lot more, but hang around and are less likely to be thrown away. Then there’s that whole issue of people having stainless steel refrigerators these days, which magnets don’t stick to. Really, it’s a personal choice, but if you’re looking to stretch a dollar father, traditional postcards might be the way to go.

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Choosing the Right Design for Your Save the Date Cards; Always Use a Coupon

Assuming that you’re going with a photo design, my advice is to find your perfect photo first, then find a save the date design that really showcases it. Some designs are vertical, some are horizontal. Some save the date design templates work better with black and white photos, and sometimes the text looks better on a dark background.

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For these reasons and others, try starting with your favorite photo, and then see which save the date design showcases it best.

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Vistaprint Save the Dates: Before You Place Your Order…

As I mentioned already, there is always a coupon of some sort available, so please don’t just go to their site and pay full price! If you’ve gotten that far, here are a couple of tips:

  • Triple-check the spelling on your save the date details!
  • Is all the text legible? Photos that have a range of colors might cause letters or words to “disappear” from your card. Also, Vistaprint’s designs often depend on either a dark, or very light background to be legible.
  • Are your photo(s) blurry? This is enough to ruin your save the dates, and gives a terrible first impression to your wedding guests. Always use high resolution photos; usually over 150 dpi. If the image you’re uploading is less than about 200k in file size, it might be blurry when printed. Really scrutinize your photos in the “preview” screen before placing your order. Blurry images are the reason for most bad reviews for Vistaprint save the dates!

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