big digital prints

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  1. tr0gd0o0r

    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking into getting some big photos printed from my digital camera. I'm thinkin somewhere around 20x30 or something like that. So far the only place i've found to get them done is ezprints.com. Does anyone have any experience with them or have any other suggestions?
     
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    White House Custom Color (whcc.com) does 20x30 prints for $28.50 which includes 2-day UPS.

    They set you up with an FTP account and you just upload the photo's you want printed. They use Fuji's Crystal Archive paper, no inkjet prints.
     
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    2 related questions-

    if i have an 8x10, nice and crisp at 200 dpi, and i want to go to 20x24 and keep quality, is there software or a plug-in for ps cs that will do this for me or do i need to do all resizing myself in ps? i have read i can resize up or down 10% at a time and keep quality, but that takes alot of time...

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    i'm assuming file size is going to be huge whether i use some kind of software dedicated to this task or not, correct?
     
  4. jadin

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    If you join dpchallenge.com ($25 a year, there's a monthly rate also) you can buy prints at cost. (they are partnered with ezprints) 20 x 30 is $14.10, 10x15 is $3.50.
     
  5. tr0gd0o0r

    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    wait a second, 20x30 at cost is 14.10? If so I'm really impressed with exprints cuz they only charge 17.95 for 20x30s
     
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    pro Photo (www.prophotoimaging.com) charges $38.50 for a 20 x 30 but is a texture finish - not the glossy junk most places use. Plus they can bond it to canvas and put it on a stretcher frame now for and extra $51.95. Sounds expensive but their quality is really really great. I started using them when I did children's portrait photography.
     
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    If you have any worries about DPI of the image you want printed, this PS plug-in called Genuine Fractals is fantastic. I've used it many times at work and have been amazed at how much you can blow an image up without losing detail...

    i found this review of it..

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/gf.htm

    There is a demo version which you can down load from ZD Net

    Synergy
     
  8. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, but I can not recall the name, there is an old post about this type software somewhere on forum, it is for printing billboards
     
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    if you're printing a larger area with the same # of pixels, the only way to "keep the quality" is to add pixel information that wasn't there in the original (i'm assuming its digital). i'm interested in Synergy's fractal plugin, gotta try that out. I've had some luck with using the cutout filter in ps (filters/artistic/cutout), it helps to get at least some sharp edges back, but depends on the image a lot. any way you do it, it's probably going to be long and tedious and very manual.

    maybe you don't even need to bother with that stuff... if the print isn't going to be viewed up close, then no one will be able to tell it's low-dpi
     
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    I heard you can resize larger if you do it in small steps rather than one big resize. But again it's still adding stuff that wasn't there originally.
     
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    You can have monster 4'x8' prints made on a Lightjet 5000 printer with images @ 200dpi. Check out Calypso Imaging @ http://www.calypsoinc.com
     
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    i have used one photo enlargement program with great success called imagener. you can find it here: http://www.imagener.com. hope this helps! -dh

     

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