I have a CD from our photographer with lots of pictures. I want to have one of the pictures enlarged 20 x 24. Any ideas of a good quality company do order the picture from?
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First, check to make sure the image is of sufficient resolution and quality to enlarge to 20 by 24. Ideally you would want a 43 megapixel image, though anything north of 11 megapixels may be just barely sufficient. (300ppi is the general recommendation for viewing up close, but for viewing from further away, 150ppi can be sufficient.)
Then, you'll want to find your local pro-lab. Checking in your phone book is probably still one of the easiest ways. They will have high end printers and produce high quality work in addition to being able to provide you with the necessary prep work to get the image ready for the best quality when printing.
It will cost quite a bit more than cheap online places, but the quality will make a difference. The cheap online places tend to use automated processing to get the image ready for printing and use larger, faster bulk printers where as the pro-labs use high end printers designed for gallery quality work and make careful adjustments to make sure the image fits the color gamut supported by your choice of media.
If you don't have a good local lab, then there are decent online labs, but the good ones won't be that much cheaper than a good local lab and you have to wait on shipping and can't get direct help at the lab.