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Large Prints from Digital Photos?

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:30 pm

Does anybody know where I can get larger prints from my digital photos? My printer will only do 8"x10". Is there somewhere in Northern Colorado where I can take (or email) some .jpg or .psd files and have larger prints made? At least 11"x14"?
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Postby CO Native » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:35 pm

snapfish and kodak gallery both do poster sized printing.
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Postby Skitch14 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:37 pm

I got some 20" x 30" done through Snapfish, taken with my 7MP camera. Just upload your picture(s), tell them what you want, and they will ship it to you.

I have also used ritzcamera.com before, but I like Snapfish better.

Postby heather14 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:43 pm

I've used both Snapfish and Shutterfly. I liked them both equally.
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Postby tonyw » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:46 pm

Costco will do a nice job too.

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Postby CRSpeedy » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:53 pm

I know some people will argue, but you really can't beat Wal-Mart.

I've had about 15-20 posters printed for myself and for various projects and have never once been let down. They have ranged in size from 16x20, 18x24, and 24x36. Being a designer, I am embarassingly picky when it comes to quality and was a little skeptical at first. To my surprise, though, the quality was fantastic, the colors remained just as they were on the computer, and they have held up to a lot of abuse. I even put one poster under the sink and the ink was unaffected.

Best of all, the prices are really low and they are guaranteed to be done within an hour (though they have always managed to have it finished in under 20 minutes). I also get all of my 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14 photos printed there, and have always been impressed by those as well.

If you're looking for anything bigger than 11x14, you need to find a Walmart with a poster printer (just call the photo department and ask). Most have them, but some do not.

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Postby Jon Frohlich » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:56 pm

My last few large prints have been done through Mpix. Pretty much any size you can think of and lots of different paper choices. Very high quality prints. I've had good luck with Shutterfly also but they only do standard sizes (11x14, 16x20) which require too much cropping with my SLR photos.

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Postby NE_Dad » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:37 pm

If you want to go big, there's a place in Kansas City that can make any size or crop. It's awesome and I'll get you the name.. Had 3 made (40"x40", 30"x40", and 20"x60") all for $400.00. If that's the size you're interested in, let me know. These are quality prints that can be put in full sunlight and not fade in your lifetime.

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Postby Andy » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:51 pm

Thanks for all the feedback. How big of prints do you think I can make before I notice a loss in image quality? My images are 2304x3072 pixels. I can't image I can go as big as 40".
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Postby Jon Frohlich » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:02 pm

Andy wrote:Thanks for all the feedback. How big of prints do you think I can make before I notice a loss in image quality? My images are 2304x3072 pixels. I can't image I can go as big as 40".


Not 40" no but you can do 16x20 easily. 20x30 is possible depending on how much of a stickler for quality you are (and how much processing you do on the image). Depends a little bit on the camera as well and how much quality was present in the source image.

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Postby thebeave7 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:13 pm

Yeah Andy, I'd stay away from the huge 40" size, it'll prob start getting pretty grainy at that point. I've used Ritz camera/wolf camera stores for 8x10 and 11x14 from a 5MP camera, looking very nice. I prefer these over places like Walmart or Costco, as the people running the machines actually know a little about photography. They will actually optimize your image for printing, rather than just throw it in the printer and have it spit out a print. If I'm gonna pay to have them blow it up, I want to make sure they know a little bit about photography.
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Print Size/Product Minimum image resolution required
4 x 6 /690x460 pixels
5 x 7 /805x575 pixels
8 x 8 /920x920 pixels
8 x 10 /1150x920 pixels
8 x 12 /1380x920 pixels
11 x 14 Enlargements /1610x1265 pixels
12 x 12 /1380x1380 pixels
12 x 18 Enlargements /2070x1380 pixels
16 x 20 Posters /2300x1840 pixels
20 x 30 Posters /3450x2300 pixels
11 x 14 Collage Posters /1260x990 pixels
12 x 18 Collage Posters /1620x1080 pixels
16 x 20 Collage Posters /1800x1440 pixels
20 x 30 Collage Posters /2700x1800 pixels
Wallet Prints /374x259 pixels
Photo Gifts /900x600 pixels
5x6 Photo Cards /640x480 pixels
5x7 Folded Cards /1050x750 pixels
5x7 Postcards /1050x750 pixels
4.25x6 Postcards /900x600 pixels
Notebooks /480x480 pixels
Notebooks with full photo cover /1350x1000 pixels
Notepads /370x370 pixels
Stickers /370x370 pixels
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Postby fleetmack » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:19 pm

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