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General Questions
  1. How does Imagine Your Photos work?
  2. Do you have a catalog?
  3. What kind of web browser do you recommend?
  4. Is there a setup fee?
  5. What is the minimum quantity required to order?
  6. What are the supported file types?
  7. Can I use Black and White images?
  8. What is the preferred image quality or resolution for uploaded images?
  9. What does "dpi" mean?
  10. What is the difference between standard and expedited shipping?
  11. Do I have to create an account in order to shop?
  12. Why do I have to log in to place an order?
  13. How long do my uploaded images remain online?
  14. What is a cookie?
  15. Can anyone else see my uploaded photos?
  16. What if I forget my password?
  17. Can I change my order after it has been placed?
  18. How do I contact Customer Service? 
  19. What are your shipping rates?
  20. Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates and Times 

How does Imagine Your Photos work?
Imagine Your Photos lets you design and create awesome photo gifts with our online design wizard using your own artwork or photos. You have access to over 200 quality photo gifts from which to choose at the lowest prices!

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Do you have a Catalog?
ITYP does not have a print or online catalog to view but you can go to any page and access product categories in the left side menu.

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What kind of web browser do you recommend?

Imagine Your Photos currently supports the following web browsers. If you receive an unsupported browser warning, and yours is not listed, please upgrade your browser:

  • Internet Explorer/Edge (Windows 8.0 or higher recommended | Version 44 recommended | Mac OS is not supported)
  • Safari (Mac OS: 10.1 or higher; 10.0 or higher recommended | Windows is not supported)
  • Firefox  (Version 63 recommended)
  • Google Chrome (Version 70 recommended)

System memory

  • Recommended: 1 GB and above
  • Minimum: 500 MB

Monitor resolution and color depth

  • 1024x768 minimum required, larger resolutions are recommended
  • 16-bit color or above recommended, 256 colors required

Internet connection

  • Uploading and viewing images on 4 Photo Gifts takes a considerable amount of bandwidth, we recommend you have a broadband internet connection (such as DSL, cable modem, satellite, T1). Dial-up connections are not recommended.

Image file formats

  • Currently, we can accept only JPEG (JPG), GIF, and PNG images. The best resolution is 150ppi or higher. Photographs should be scanned at 300ppi. Images at 150ppi will be converted to 300ppi before processing. PPI is an abbreviation for Pixels Per Square Inch. This means that at 300ppi, there are 300 pixels (images information) in a square inch. 150ppi is half the resolution and not as sharp as a 300ppi image.

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Is there a setup fee?
No setup fee is required to order from Discount Photo Gifts! Simply create an account and you're ready to order! There are no hidden charges. You pay for all the personalized products you want, plus the applicable shipping charge. That's all.

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What is the minimum quantity required to order?
There is no minimum quantity required to order. You can order quantity one or 10,000 depending on your needs. The more you order, the better your price.

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What are the supported file types?

Currently, we can accept only JPEG (JPG), GIF (Non-animated), and PNG images.

JPEG/JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) JPEG's support 16.7 million colors, but can "distort" the image to compress the file size. The amount distortion is directly related to the 'quality' setting the image is saved with. We also recommend that you use the least amount of jpeg compression possible. (This is a setting on cameras that is sometimes called "quality" or "compression".) While high resolution and low compression will increase transfer times, they will produce the best results. For best results, the file should be scanned in or converted to 300ppi.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap image that support up to 256 colors. Used mostly when an image has a large area or flat or single tone colors. Logos, icons, banners, and cartoons use the GIF format. Use non-animated GIFs on 4 Photo Gifts. If you use an anmatied GIF, only the first frame will be shown. These images only work well with small photo gifts such as keyrings that have an images area of 1-2 inches. Anything larger with result in pixelization where the image looks very low resolution.

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. Supports 24-bit RGB and 32-bit RGBA color palettes, grayscale images with or without alpha channel for transparency. This is an improved format over GIF. PNG files can be very high resolution at 300ppi.

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Can I use Black and White images?
Yes! In fact, black and white images can give your photo gifts a "timeless" feel that will give them a special feeling to you many years from now. Feel free to use black and white images, sepia, old-fashioned toned images. Children's artwork is also a popular theme and you can get quality results with today's advanced phone and digital cameras.

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How do I contact Customer Service?
Contact Imagine Your Photos: 305-593-1211
   Email service3@ImagineYourPhotos.com  
   

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How big of an image can I upload?
In order to be able to efficiently produce your order, we store enough image data to print a 24" x 36" image at 300 dpi. If you have anything larger than this size, please reduce the resolution to 150ppi. This will reduce the physical file size so that you can easily upload to the design wizard. A 24" x 36" image at 300ppi is equal to 7200 pixels X 10800 pixels image. This is a very good image for canvas prints, aluminum photo panels, and other large products.

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DPI is an abbreviation for Dots Per Inch. This term comes from the paper printing world that refers to the number of physical dots of ink in a paper printed document in a square inch area. Since we use digital technology to produce photo gift products, we use PPI, or Pixels Per Inch. Pixel stands for Pixel Element and it's the smallest physical element of a computer monitor screen that our eyes can see. We recommend images at 300ppi to produce the best quality products. However, we do not recommend converting a 72ppi web image to 300ppi as the resulting image will be very blurry or pixelated. See the examples below to get a better understanding of various resolutions.

This is a 300ppi, 1000x800ppi image This is a 72ppi, 640x480 converted to 300ppi
300ppi image
When printed as an 8x10, here's what they'll look like zoomed in (only part of the image is shown):
zoomed in 300ppi zoomed in on 72 - 300 converted image

 

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What is the difference between standard and expedited shipping?
Standard Shipping will usually arrive 2 to 5 business days from the time the order is shipped*.

Expedited shipping will arrive up to 2 business days from the time the order is shipped*.

*Most orders are shipped within 2-5 business days.  During times of high volume, it may take as many as 7 business days to produce and ship an order.

Some products may have longer production cycles. Check the product's description for details on how long it takes the product to be produced.


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Do I have to create an account in order to shop?
No. Although there are advantages to creating an account and logging in before you start to create your Photo Gifts, you are only required to create an account when you actually check out.


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Why do I have to log in to place an order?
We allow you to shop completely anonymously up until the point where you go to check out. When you place an order, we need to have some basic contact information about you so that we can get in touch with you in the unlikely chance that there is a problem with your order.

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How long do my uploaded images remain online?
If you have logged in before uploading images, you will be able to use those images to create your Photo Gifts for at least 30 days. We clean all accounts regularly in order to keep the performance of the website high, and so it's always easy for you to see the most recent images you've uploaded.

If you have not created an account, you will need to upload your images each time you visit Discount Photo Gifts.

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Can anyone else see my uploaded photos?
If you have uploaded your pictures into an account, the only way someone else can see your images is if you share your username and password with them. Other than that, you are the only person who can see your images.

If you have not created an account and you upload images, nobody will be able to see them unless they sit down at the same computer you used, and your session is still valid. If you want to make sure this doesn't happen, just close your browser when you're done.


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What if I forget my password?
  1. On the Login page, click the "Forgot Your Password?" link. It's right under the space to enter your username and password.
  2. Enter the email address you use to log in.
  3. Click Continue.

Your password will be sent to the email address you entered in step 2.


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What is a Cookie?

What is a cookie? A cookie is a piece of information that your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) places on your computer so that web sites can identify you. We use cookies so that you can conveniently re-use your images to create different Photo Gifts without logging in. We DO NOT contain any account information in cookies. In order to make sure that your computer is accepting cookies:

Internet Explorer (PC):

  • Disable, Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer.
  • Open Internet Explorer and click the Tools button.
  • Next click Internet Options and select the Privacy tab.
  • Under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click Apply.

Safari (Mac)

  • Select Preferences from the Safari menu or use the Command+, keyboard shortcut (hold down the Command key and the comma key at the same time).
  • Got to the privacy tab
  • Choose how you want Safari to treat cookies. By default, Safari allows cookies from the sites you visit, but prevents third-party content that might be embedded in those sites from storing cookies on your computer. Your other options are:
  • Always block: No cookies are allowed to be stored on your Mac. Keep in mind this option might prevent some sites from working properly.
  • Allow from current site only: Only the current site you're visiting will be allowed to store cookies.
  • Always allow: All websites, third parties, and advertisers can store cookies on your Mac.

Firefox:

  • Click the menu button and choose Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • You can choose to remember history or never remember history
  • Under History, check the box "Accept cookes from site" to allow cookies or to never allow cookies
  • Close preferences page. All changes are automatically saved

 


Can I change my order after it has been placed?
Always make sure you check over all details in your Photo Gifts thoroughly to make sure that what you are ordering is correct.

If you decide you want to change something after you've added your photo gift to your shopping cart you can edit that product. Simply click to edit the item in your cart, and you'll be able to make any changes you want.

Once you've completed your order, our automated manufacturing process immediately schedules your Photo Gift for production. Because we strive to deliver high-quality Photo Gifts to all our customers as quickly as possible, we are unable to accept changes to an order after an order has been placed. You may, however, cancel an order and recreate your order.

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What is the preferred image quality or resolution for uploaded images?

What looks good on your screen will not necessarily look good printed.
The preferred image resolution depends on the size the image will be printed on your Photo Gift. We will display a message if you select an image we feel may not have a high enough resolution to look good.

 

Generally for best results, we recommend that your image be at least as tall or wide as your chosen photo gift and be at least 300dpi in pixel per inch resolution.



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What are your shipping rates?

Shipping & Handling for the first item ordered is $6.50. Each additional item is $2.55.

2nd day shipping for the first item is $17.95. Each additional item is $6.95.

Next day shipping for the first item is $27.95. Each additional item is $6.95.

Photo Blankets, Photo Car Mats, and Floor Mats shipping is $9.50.

When selecting a shipping method, please note that most products require 2-5 days in production... and THEN they ship.
International Shipments may be subject to duties, taxes or other customs fees upon delivery. The recipient is responsible for paying any such fees. All international shipments include customs forms that list the value of the order’s contents.

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Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates and Times


Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates
DELIVERY METHOD DATE
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (INCLUDES CANADA AND PUERTO RICO) 12/7/2018
GROUND SERIVCE (INCLUDES USPS) 12/10/2018
TWO-DAY DELIVERY 12/14/2018
NEXT DAY DELIVERY 12/17/2018
HOLIDAY TURNAROUND IN BUSINESS DAYS 5 TO 7 BUSINESS DAYS
 
 
 
 

We Heard You and We Extended the Cutoff Date For Ground Services! That's right! We've extended our cutoff dates for Ground Service shipping and if you get your orders in before 11:59 PM PST on December 10th, we will get your packages to you before Christmas! Any orders processed after December 10th may arrive after Christmas.

These photo gifts are NOT guaranteed for Christmas even with expedited shipping:

  • Car Mats
  • Floor Mats
  • Rear Mats
  • Comfort Mats
  • Woven Blankets
  • Towels

 FAQs are subject to change.

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