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The process of creating a physical printed image from a photograph.

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Where can I find good test image(s) to send to a print lab?

I am looking for a good test image to send to a print lab, to test my system's color calibration. I'll be sending my own photos too, of course, but I would also like to include one or two test images ...
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Why do my photos look bad only when they are printed?

I took a photo from my DSLR, brought it into photoshop, made some fixes, added some text and saved it in a few different formats (TIFF, JPEG). Then I uploaded it to an online photo printer. When I got ...
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How do current home photo printers compare to prints from a studio?

I am looking for a printer that can be used at home for printing photos. I am not expecting very high quality prints, but want ones that can last for a couple of years without much color loss. And ...
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How do the various options offered by print labs compare for B&W printing? [closed]

What lab, in combination with papers they offer, are the best for printing your black-and-white images? I tested eight papers and four U.S. labs and wrote a blog post reviewing the results, but that's ...
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What is the best technology for large, permanent digital printing?

Few questions: What is the best printer/plotter for printing large format images (best means best visual quality) What material and inkjet is the most permanent? I'm thinking of printing images ...
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How should I use Lightroom for processing for photo lab prints?

I'm a recent Lightroom convert, and I've come to appreciate its built-in workflow for library management and developing. I'm still stymied by printing, however, because I want to use an online lab ...
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What's it called when two photographs are printed on triangles so you see a different one from different angles?

This is kinda hard to explain, but I've seen it several places before. I'm looking for a special way that two photographs are printed — they're printed so you from each angle can see just one of the ...
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Where can I have lenticular images created?

It might be me using the wrong term for what I have in mind, but I cannot find how and where I can have lenticular images developed. I mean those things that display two (or more) different images ...
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How reliable is the paper loading mechanism in Epson R1900?

I have an Epson Stylus Photo 1400, that could print up to A3+, but the paper loading mechanism has been designed by idiots: only one roll placed at the extreme right margin. that means it's good in ...
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How can I keep skin color from coming out too red in prints?

I've noticed lately that subjects with darker skin, especially brown hues, tend to come out with lots of red in prints. When shooting against red or brown backgrounds, this effect is significantly ...
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Is there any system or software that will allow a non-technical user to print pictures simply?

My wife broke her point-and-shoot camera, so we're in the market for a replacement. One of her friends has an older Kodak, and I believe it has a dock that is directly attached to a printer — ...
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Good economy photo printer for 200+ people/night, low operating costs

What sort of printer options do we have to deliver photo prints quickly for low operating costs? We tried to set up our HP Color LaserJet to work for the speed. The image is just not good enough to ...
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How do I get a photo of the required 300dpi or for a 24x36" vinyl banner?

When I go into Canon Photo Professional and change the dpi output to 300 or 350, do I also need to go down to resize setting and change those? The vinyl banner will be 48x108 with the photo being ...
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What recommendations do you have for high-quality hardback printing of photo albums?

I have a set of 600 photographs from my wedding that were supplied to me on DVD by the photographer to do with as I wish. I'd like to put them into a wedding album, but in the style of a printed ...
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How to produce a huge photograph on a hard surface?

What are ways to get a trouble-free photo-quality image on a large hard surface? It's been a while I am considering selling panoramas between 6 and 12 feet wide on Neoluminance but I have been ...
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Prints: Pro labs vs. supermarkets - what's the difference?

While there was a good discussion of using a lab vs. a personal printer, I'm curious what folks see as the advantages to using a pro photo lab as compared to the local drugstore or supermarket. Why ...
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What are the recommendations for getting best color matching when using a photolab?

So I want to use one of the many online printer photolabs to send my photos to and have them print them and send them back. What is the best way to make sure the colors I see on my monitor match what ...
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How do you optimally resize and sharpen images for printing?

What is the best way to get the clearest, sharpest print without pixelation or blurring? I have tried some sharpening techniques in Photoshop, however they are geared towards sharpening for viewing on ...
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How should one sharpen differently depending on the target usage for a photo?

In an answer to another question, a statement is made: Sharpening is the only (? I can't think of any others ?) edit which needs to be done differently depending on the target medium. E.g. ...
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What is metallic paper?

I am having a black and white digital landscape photo printed to frame and hang on the wall and one of the options on offer is 'metallic paper'. What is it and would it be appropriate in this ...
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Is there any post processing required for printing images?

What kind of post processing, if any, would you suggest when printing images (besides cropping to the printing aspect ratio)? Would the post processing change depending on where the print is made ...
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Photoshop: Preview image with paper white?

In the print dialog in Photoshop, there is an option for showing a simulated paper white in the little print preview. Can I get the same preview effect in the fullsize regular workspace?
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What are the ways to print my 10-bit per color files?

Before I make a significant investment in hardware to get to 10-bit per color (10bpc) nirvana I want to make sure I understand the complete path from shutter release to enjoying my prints. I feel like ...
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How well do dye-sublimation printers perform with black & white pictures?

Most of the dye-sublimation cassettes have CMYO (= cyan, magenta, yellow, overlay) panels. Are there any cassettes designed specifically for black & white pictures? For example (and as jrista ...
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What's a good automatic way to resize square images for online printing

I have a bunch of photos I want to print at the local costco. Many of them are not the standard 4x6, 5x7 aspect ratio. When I try to print them from the costco website, it insists on cropping the ...
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How to make my digital photo prints to stand in the face of time?

I'd like to print my photos, but I'd also like to see prints' colours stand time. What good options do I have? I've considered the following: Inkjet printers with good inks. For example: the Epson ...
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Printing rotated pictures

this may sound as a very stupid question so please don't laugh at me. My old digital camera (Nikon Coolpix s6) was recording the EXIF orientation tag in the JPEG file, so my picture viewer software ...
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Alternative photosensitive materials

Apart from film and photographic paper, what are the most interesting photosensitive materials on to which photographic images can be successfully exposed? For example, the artists Heather Ackroyd ...
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Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?

I have been doing most of my printing from Photoshop lately, as I've been fine-tuning levels and using advanced sharpening techniques to eek the most out of my prints. I started working with Lightroom ...
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What colour space to use when printing digital photos?

As is customary with preparing images for print in a magazine or newspaper, I convert my digital photos from RGB to CMYK before inserting into my publishing application. However, when I'm printing ...
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Buying high-quality papers for use with large format fine art ink jet printers?

I'm at a loss as to where I can buy nice, high-quality ink jet papers (Hahnemühle, Museo DFA, Breathing Color, Ilford, etc.) at a local store (rather than on the internet.) There are a couple local ...