20SomethingMum loves photography, and with Gadget Dads birthday in March, she wanted to surprise our Tech Loving reviewer using a nifty Gadget of her own. So what did this Tech Virgin think of Jessops Canvas print service?...
Social Networking is amazing, and affords all sorts of opportunities to surprise someone, either through sending a long lost friend a message, or through posting the kind of old photo that will have you in stitches.
So, when Jessops asked if we'd like to try out their Canvas printing service online, I knew just the picture to use.
First off, I wanted to surprise Gadget Dad for his birthday, so I kept my fingers crossed that a novice like me would find it easy to use.
You simply go to their site, and click what service you require. So, a good easy start there then!
Once you are at the main page to "make" your canvas, the prompts tell you exactly what to do and how, you can see the page here, and below.
Its as simple as clicking to upload a photo from your PC, then you can drag it to centre or zoom in on the picture. It will even tell you whether the quality of the photo is at a level where it will be good, suffient or low, so you have the option of picking the clearest photo to upload.
There is an option to add a witty piece of text, or to make a collage of different photos on the same canvas. You can then chose to have the print framed with a selection of high quality frames, and chose a size to suit your desired wall space or budget. Prices start from £27 for a small frameless print.
It was incredibly simple to use, and took me no more than 5 minutes to get the photo to the desired size, and to order it as well. Its a definite coffee break process.
On the order page, you have the option of having your item sent to you (for an extra charge) or to pick it up from your local store for free. I went for this option. You are asked for your email address, and are constantly updated as to where in the order process your print is. After a mere 3 days, an email popped into my inbox asking me to pop in and collect my print. It was very well wrapped, and the staff were very helpful- as I couldn't print out the email, due to Tot related printer issues, I gave them a quick call to ask if it was OK to flash the email on my phone as a verification, and after explaining my printer/child issue, they were more than happy.
The print even contained all the screws to put the print up on the wall- I half expected due to the fine detail thought that went into the service that a mini hammer and man to put it on the wall may spring out too!
Gadget Dad was over the moon with his print, its excellent quality despite being taken from a very old photo, and lifted from a social network too.
We recommend this as a great gift idea with a difference that even the worst technophobe out there can manage in a few clicks.
To see the full range of Photographic gifts, see the website at http://photo.jessops.com.