Step-By-Step Guide To Downloading Your Digital Gallery From Pixieset

I use Pixieset to send my full galleries of images to all of my wonderful clients. I LOVE my online gallery! It’s everything I love…practical, modern, no fuss, and the PERFECT way to get FULL-SIZED images to my clients as QUICKLY as possible after I am finished editing. How nice is it to not have to watch the mailbox everyday waiting for your USB or CD? I am not someone who easily embraces technology, but after struggling to find the best way to share ginormous, print-worthy files, I settled on choosing a digital gallery for delivery and clients love it!

Another pro of using digital galleries to deliver images is that it gives clients the ability to easily share large image files with friends and family INSTANTLY. I am not a computer guru by any means but Pixieset has always been easy for me to figure out and use and I hope it is for you too! I wanted to write a blog post outlining the basic steps you take after you open your photos…how to share them and download them safely to your device where you will store them and hopefully send them off to print and enjoy for years to come! 

Stay tuned for a blog post on the best way to showcase your images on social media, and how to easily share with family and friends! 


Pixieset is perfectly formatted to view on a mobile device, BUT when it comes time to download your images, please do so from a computer…this is important! 

When your final images are ready, an email will pop up in your in-box and when you open it, it will look something like this^^^^.

When your final images are ready, an email will pop up in your in-box and when you open it, it will look something like this^^^^.

If you scroll down a little bit on that main email, you will see a button that says, “View Photos” and below that will be your 4-digit download PIN.

If you scroll down a little bit on that main email, you will see a button that says, “View Photos” and below that will be your 4-digit download PIN.

If you open the gallery you will see all of your images in a tile gallery. They look so pretty all together like that!!

If you open the gallery you will see all of your images in a tile gallery. They look so pretty all together like that!!

At the very top of this tile gallery, you will see a tiny little arrow pointing down at a rectangle in the top right corner. That is your download button.

At the very top of this tile gallery, you will see a tiny little arrow pointing down at a rectangle in the top right corner. That is your download button.

Pressing the download button will bring up this screen where you enter your email and your 4-digit pin.

Pressing the download button will bring up this screen where you enter your email and your 4-digit pin.

Punching in your email and PIN will bring up a screen where you have to make some decisions, but don’t panic! You are almost there! Pixieset wants to know if you want to download your images in web-sized, high-resolution, or original. Web-sized is ideal for sharing photos on social media like Facebook and Instagram but definitely not suitable for printing, Original files are huuuuuuge and, in my opinion, over-kill…unless you are printing a billboard (then, by all means, go for the original). For all other printing though, my advice is to download the “High Res” files. They won’t look too compressed and terrible if you post to Facebook, and they are perfectly suitable for printing. The best of both worlds!

Punching in your email and PIN will bring up a screen where you have to make some decisions, but don’t panic! You are almost there! Pixieset wants to know if you want to download your images in web-sized, high-resolution, or original. Web-sized is ideal for sharing photos on social media like Facebook and Instagram but definitely not suitable for printing, Original files are huuuuuuge and, in my opinion, over-kill…unless you are printing a billboard (then, by all means, go for the original). For all other printing though, my advice is to download the “High Res” files. They won’t look too compressed and terrible if you post to Facebook, and they are perfectly suitable for printing. The best of both worlds!

After you choose your download size and click “start download”, your link to the zip file should pop up and look like this.

After you choose your download size and click “start download”, your link to the zip file should pop up and look like this.

Click the link and your computer should ask if you want to open it. Yes please!

Click the link and your computer should ask if you want to open it. Yes please!

Now, the zip file should show up in your downloads folder on your computer. I have my computer set up to automatically un-zip files so the folder is already open. If your computer is not set up that way, you just need to un-zip your folder. It is slightly different between Mac and PC. Here are some helpful links if you don’t know how to un-zip a zip file:   https://www.dummies.com/computers/macs/how-to-zip-and-unzip-files-on-your-mac/    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14200/windows-compress-uncompress-zip-files

Now, the zip file should show up in your downloads folder on your computer. I have my computer set up to automatically un-zip files so the folder is already open. If your computer is not set up that way, you just need to un-zip your folder. It is slightly different between Mac and PC. Here are some helpful links if you don’t know how to un-zip a zip file:

https://www.dummies.com/computers/macs/how-to-zip-and-unzip-files-on-your-mac/

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14200/windows-compress-uncompress-zip-files

Woo hoo! Here are the photos! I prefer to open this folder and create a handy-dandy new new folder on my desktop and my external hard-drive (or whatever safe place you like to store your photos) and copy paste the photos to those locations. You may do it a different way. Whatever floats your boat! Now you are ready to share your photos on social and send them off to print!

Woo hoo! Here are the photos! I prefer to open this folder and create a handy-dandy new new folder on my desktop and my external hard-drive (or whatever safe place you like to store your photos) and copy paste the photos to those locations. You may do it a different way. Whatever floats your boat! Now you are ready to share your photos on social and send them off to print!