I have friends who use Shutterfly, and they have accessible pictures that I would like to add to my Photo Book. How can I use theirs? I only see options to upload from my computer.
Thank you in advance. :)
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Your friends have to share the pictures either by email or a share site in order for you to use their picture. You cannot access pictures in someone else's acccount unless they share them.
If you search the Shutterfly Help Pages for "sharing photos", you will find the following article:
What are the options for sharing photos with others? What's the difference between Shutterfly Share Sites, sharing by email, and sharing via Facebook or Blogger?
Shutterfly offers several ways to share photos: Email pictures (free); create your own share site (free); post to Facebook or Blogger (free); or sell your own prints using Pro Galleries (premium). Here are details on them.
Free sharing : Email Pictures, Shutterfly Share Sites, or Post to Facebook/Blogger
With all of these options, you can share pictures online with others. They will receive an email with a link to view the shared pictures, order prints, and save pictures into their own free Shutterfly account if they wish.
All of these options are free-- choose the one that best suits your needs, or use any combination of them:
Shutterfly Share Site
Post to Facebook or Blogger
What is it?
A single collection of pictures of your choosing, with a link that gets emailed to others.
Your own personal mini-site with multiple albums, at a dedicated link.
What is it best for?
You want a one-time sharing of pictures of one subject or event; the share link is not public.
Example: you want to share pictures of a party that only the partygoers can see; the pictures are at a link that gets emailed and aren't in a public online album.
If you want to make a collection of shared albums, all in one central place.
Example: multiple albums of your child's sporting events.
How do I do it?
For more detailed instructions, see how to send a share.
Still not sure which option suits your needs? Here is a comparison of additional specific details:
Shutterfly Share Site
What can others view?
They can view just the pictures in this individual share link, and not any other pictures you've shared in the past.
As your collection of albums at your Share Site grows, others can view the past albums in your Share Site.
What is the web address/URL?
A randomly-generated alphanumeric URL.
A permanent URL of your choice; it can be short and memorable. For example: http://ohmydog.shutterfly.com
How many albums?
An individual share is just one set of pictures (but they can be from more than one of your Shutterfly albums). Once it is created, you can't add more pictures to it.
An unlimited number of albums; you can add/remove more pictures (and more albums) at any time.
How public is it?
Anyone with the link can view the pictures. The shared pictures cannot be password protected.
The Share Site can be password protected (optional) so that visitors must have the password to view your Share Site. You can set permissions on sections of the Share site so that only certain people can see it.
Can others add pictures and comments?
Others can add comments, but cannot add additional pictures.
The Share Site owner can choose whether or not to allow visitors or members (of the Share site) to add pictures and comments to their Share Site. Most Share site owners require you to be a member of that site to add content.
What other features are available?
HenryB (A Shutterfly user)
Is share site the URL I get to access their pictures or something else? If it is the correct one, then how do I tell Shutterfly to use them?
I'm really not understanding what you are asking. You need to know how you are accessing the photos.
If you are clicking on a link in an email, then you should have an option to save them to your account if you are logged into your account. Here's a view of what a typical link from an email:
This is what is seen if you are not logged into Shutterfly. If you login to Shutterfly, you will have options to save the photos to your account.
If you are accessing them via a share site, you can save the photos to your account if that access is granted by the site owner or you can add them directly to your book. The owner has to select the "Advanced" tab from the "Edit site permissions..." window as shown here:
Notice the first item grants permission to save photos. This is something the site owner has to manage.
Finally, when you add pictures to a book, you get an option screen as shown here:
If you click on the "Share Sites" tab, the sites you own and the sites your are a member to will be listed in the left panel. By selecting one of the and the album, the pictures will be shown in the right panel for selection.
Note: I'm not sure if the permissions mentioned above have to be set the same way as the save.
No, I don't want to access my images. I want to use OTHER PEOPLE/ACCOUNTS' images that are accessible. I have their URLs to their public image albums. I want to use theirs into my photo books and stuff.
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I hear what you are saying, but I'm not understanding what you really want. If you have a URL to friends public images, the question are:
You cannot directly add a picture to a photo book using a URL to the picture.
The pictures are from my friends' Shutterfly albums. Ah, so I have to save them. How do I download them directly to my new account then?
How did you get the URL? Did you get it via an email? Or, did you get it some other way?
It's important to know this so I know what to tell you.
Here's the link to some pictures I shared: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AcOGLJk4aOGiY&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link4&cid=EM_sharview
If I follow the link using a secondary Shutterfly account id which is logged into Shutterfly, I see the following:
If I click the "View album" button, I see the following with the "Save to my account" link:
Note: You should be able to click on the link provide and save these pictures to your account if you are logged into Shutterfly.
Thus, once again, I need to know the source (how you obtain it) the URL to help you. If it's not from an email share and is not to a share site, it's probably not a valid link.
Perfect! However, I have a new problem. I tried using my friend's and your albums through the links/URLs. I got "Pictures saved successfully! The selected pictures have been successfully added to your Shutterfly account." results into a new album name, but I don't see them anywhere? What the heck? Did I miss something? :(
If you chose the "New Album" option, it creates the album in your "My Albums" folder. Thus, you should see it by clicking on the "My Pictures" tab and then clicking on the "My Albums" folder.
Yeah, I did that but for some reason they are not showing up in "My Pictures"'s tab's My Albums folders. I took screen shots/captures in action with your album: http://i.imgur.com/Kgq9Y.gif ...
It looks to me as if the process work as it should.
Did you do a browser refresh between saving the pictures and the screen shot? Depending on your browser settings, your album list might not have refreshed.
If a refresh doesn't help and since I don't have access to your account, I think at this point you need to contact Shutterfly's Customer Service.
Yeah, forced reloads/refreshes did not work. However, logging out and in fixed it. I repeated the test with your album, and I was able to reproduce the problem. Logging off and in fixed it. That makes no sense!
FYI, I am using Mozilla's SeaMonkey v2.11 web browser in an old Windows XP Pro. SP3 machine.
Glad you found the fix. However, you may run into other problems because of your setup. Just be aware that Shutterfly, especially the photo books, is very Flash intensive.
Since I'm not familiar with SeaMonkey or it's capabilities, all I can say is "beware".
Thanks. Yeah, that's the only issue I have ran into so far.