JFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
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Anyone have any recommendations on where I can get large(11X18 etc) high quality prints from my digitals? I had a few made at Ritz and they sucked, they cropped out parts and put no effort into getting the colors etc. right. Any help would be appreciated.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2561 times:
they cropped out parts and put no effort into getting the colors etc. right
While quality of various print services varies, you do have to make sure you give them the right material to work with. If parts of the pic are cropped, it is most likely you sent them something which didn't match the size ratio of the paper used - if so, either the image will be cropped; printed with borders, or distorted.
Regarding colour, while this could be the fault of the lab, it could also be a mismatch between what you see on your screen and what the lab sees on their's (or what the printer sees). To get optimum results, you need to adjust the colours of the pic to look right in the colour profile of the printer being used. Any decent lab will tell you what type of printer they have, and profiles should be available on the 'net. The better labs will provide you with profiles, and/or test images to allow you to make sure you see something similar to what will come out of their printer.
Woody001 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 529 posts, RR: 23 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
I sent a few sample shots to my local printers to see how things looked before I sent them large expensive prints, I then set up a profile within Photoshop to match the prints. This isn't easy or the best way of doing things but it worked out fine for me.
Rotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2535 times:
Believe it or not, Costco does a bang-up job for $3.99 per 11x17 and $2.99 per 8x10/8x12. Put yer stuff on a CD and go to the little enlargement computer they have and you'll get to see exactly what the printer will print (colors, crops, etc). Done in an hour.
I've seen 100s of 11x17s come from Costco and their screw up rate is very low.
The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 805 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2439 times:
Costco does a great job, for an incredible price and fast. You can go to http://www.drycreekphoto.com/ and download the color profiles for the printers at your nearby Costco locations. I think they also have some tips on preparing them for print at Costco, and what to tell the photo dept. when dropping off prints.