A&P digital photo printing questions

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  1. smell my finger

    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    I have a friend that wants to print out and frame a picture I took ... should she go through an online website to send the picture in and have them process and blow it up, or will a place like kinkos do it just as well? she lives in houston if anyone knows a good place locally.

    is there anything to keep in mind post-processing wise for be before I send her over the full sized file? I processed it for small, internet sharing so I'll prob redo it, viewing the picture at a 100% crop.

    10mp picture ... I think she wants to do 24" vertically for the print


    here is the small version for reference

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  2. mojito

    mojito New Member

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    send it to:
    costco
    mpix
    whcc (have to set up an account, you'd have to do the legwork)

    always edit the full size, then create a new copy for web, lightroom is great at it. that way you only edit the photo once
     
  3. smell my finger

    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    would mpix be better than a local kinkos for quality ?
     
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    EWhytsell New Member

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    If you can set the file to 300dpi it will give you very good quality. Myself anytime I go to print something I crop or resize to the final print size and at the same time set the dpi to 300.
     
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    Is the full size version OOF too?
     
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    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    how do you set the file to 300dpi ?
     
  7. smell my finger

    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    base of the towers is in focus with a shallow dof
     
  8. Dan Martin

    Dan Martin OT Supporter

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    There's no general answer that we can give you to get a perfect print. There are just so many variables in the printing process that you don't have control over when someone else is doing the printing.

    If you're dealing with a professional lab, just send them the file as a 16-bit TIFF and let them do any resizing they want to get the best output from their printers. You don't need to upres everything to 300dpi. The larger the print is, the farther away you're going to view it, so the dpi can be lower.

    The bottom line is a 10MP file should produce a very nice 16x24. I regularly print that size at home with my Epson 4880 and even 8MP files look great.
     
  9. jared_IRL

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    if you sent it to mpix, get the metallic - thing would badass on the metallic Endura paper...

    It would look good on canvas too! :mamoru:
     
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    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    Though to be honest, that one would probably work better on the canvas... the focus issue would be less noticeable in the texture of the canvas.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    hahah...

    I actually like the the chosen focus and dof. It gives it perspective...
     

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