A reader recently asked me about alternatives to emailing images to her clients.
Usually image files are quite large, so if you are using email that can mean several emails with attachments to get them all sent. This article shares three ways to share images other than emailing them.
There are three ways to easily send image files. All three work great, so try each one out to see which one works best for you.
- Burn the images to a disk and mail it in a safe mailer/package.
- Copy to an inexpensive (maybe branded) thumb or flash drive and mail it in a cushioned envelope.
- Use a cloud service like Dropbox or Box and simply copy/paste the images into a folder and invite the client or family to the folder.
The first two options are fairly easy to use. One tip I will give though, is to create two folders – one with images to print and one with images to share on the web. That way when they want to share images with friends and family the web versions, possibly with your logo somewhere on them, can be easily uploaded to Facebook or Instagram.
Okay, on to option number three, which is my favorite! Using “the cloud!”
There are several cloud file-sharing sites, but my favorite is Dropbox.
Dropbox is a file sharing site which you can use across all of your devices – PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, etc. You can set up a free 2 GB account to see if you like it. If you end up loving it, like me, and want to be able to have more files on there, you can pay to upgrade for more space.
Below is a screen print of Dropbox on my PC desktop. The folders I sync on my Mac laptop are different because I use it mainly for webinars.
Once you have installed Dropbox on your computer, create a separate folder for the client/family/friend and invite them to the folder. Yes, it is that easy.
Now, in full disclosure, when you are new to Dropbox it can be confusing at first because you have to know where to look, how to share, etc.. BUT, if you give it a chance, I think you will love it!
A more thorough tutorial on Dropox is planned, and I am actually thinking about writing a little Dropbox e-book soon. I love it that much!