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Quality Prints From Digital

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:24 pm

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.

C'mon Man
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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:39 pm

i order my prints online from ezprints.com....upload the original image (sharpened up a bit) and then you can select what prints you want....they do a great job and the prices are very reasonable.

i've heard a lot about photobox too but i haven't used them.

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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:53 am

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.



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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:39 am

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.

If I could just get the afterburner working...
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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:57 am

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.

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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:56 am

I know it's in the UK, but they are good.


Even living in Norway, 300km inside the Arctic circle, 2 large format prints (30"x20") was in tube, stuffed in my mailbox in just 3 days. Excelent quality on mine anyway.
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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:36 am

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.
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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:59 am

I'm in the process of trying to find a good digital developer in China.....wish me luck Big grin

The first place I went to when I asked about digital, they looked at me as if I was from the moon!

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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:03 am

I gotta agree w/ Mike, Costco does a great job, no complaints yet!

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RE: Quality Prints From Digital

Tue Jul 27, 2004 10:04 am

Walgreens - But you have to find a store that uses the 1 hour machine printer, and not some HP printer hooked up to the kiosk.

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