From Facebook to Photo Book!

by Lara H Posted on May 20, 2010

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Shutterfly has recently introduced the option to use Facebook photos in your Simple Path photo books. We’ve been very thoughtful about why you’d want to print your Facebook photos and how you want them to appear in your photo books. Here’s what we’ve done to help you make the most of these images.

  • Now you can have a physical copy of the photos you have uploaded to Facebook without having to add them again to Shutterfly. You can also use your friends’ photos in your photo book creation as long as their permission settings give you access to their images.
  • When you add Facebook photos to your Simple Path photo book, we use the date uploaded to Facebook to layout your story over time.
  • Our layouts are smart and know that Facebook photos in most cases are not as high resolution as the original images taken with the camera. So our layouts adjust automatically to include your Facebook photos in areas of your photo book that will optimize the quality of the printing
  • In addition to being able to use Facebook photos in your photo books, don’t forget that with our new ‘my computer’ tab you can easily access the original images on your computer – or other photos that you haven’t added to Facebook – and see them in your book without first having to upload them to Shutterfly.
  • Share your photo book to Facebook when you’re done. It’s easy to find your sharing options under the ‘project’ menu in the top right corner. You can share your book project back to your Facebook feed for your friends to see or select certain friends and share with them via email.

Check it out and let us know what you think of this new feature in photo books!


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  1. Debbie Speed Says:

    I have never went to Facebook yet, since it seems I am so busy keeping up on the share sites, and gallery reviews, I have just never explored that area, but I know thousands do, so adding simple path to Facebook seems like a very logical step for Shutterfly to take! It is a great idea! I am glad those on Facebook now have this option!

  2. Joey Says:

    I was leery about this at first, i think its a great idea and it would be so fun to create images from Facebook or even from your computer! I like that you have accomodated to the low-res files. I was testing this out on my sister-in-law’s pictures as she has many more photos than I do on FB. A lot of hers showed the low res icon, though.
    These are a really smart idea. I also like the fact that if your friends settings aren’t set so one can access their pictures, that takes a lot of stress out all of those who thought it was a ‘copy-right violation’.
    This was very informative. I may pass this link on my FB wall!
    Thanks Lara!

  3. zoobella Says:

    I think it is a terrific idea. My only complaint is I DO NOT like the “simple path” book. I would love love love if they could create this feature so that I can use it in the custom books. Great idea just keep moving forward a bit more so that us ‘custom’ users can use this function!!

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    This is a great feature. So many people post photos on Facebook. This is a great way to share special photo between long lost friends and family members acrossed the country.

more about Lara H

By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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