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How do I generate high quality prints with an ink jet printer?

Creating high-quality photo prints using an ink jet printer is no trivial matter. Depending on the tonal range and color depth desired and the expected viewing platform, how you approach printing may ...
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Is there a general formula for image size vs. print size?

What size images do I need for common print sizes, such as wallet size, 8x10, and 16x20? Is there a general formula? How could that size change if, for example, a 16x20 was printed on canvas rather ...
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What are the pros and cons of lab prints versus using a printer?

As newcomers to photography and printing we would like advice on the best way(s), regarding both quality and cost, of printing. In the main my wife is photographing birds and insects, so natural ...
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What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly?

I see the term "Color Profile" a lot and I have this vague idea that it helps you adjust color values based on the unique differences of both cameras, displays and printers from some ideal device. ...
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What do you recommend for a high quality photo book service?

I'm looking for a reliable photo book printing service that allows the option of uploading a high quality PDF or Indesign file, but also prints using high quality photo prints. I've used Blurb, but ...
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What's the easiest way to create passport-sized prints?

I need to print some passport-sized photos for visa applications. They each need to be 35mm x 45mm. Is there an easy way to take a single photo of my face and create a new jpeg file from it that I ...
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What size should I print at for gallery shows?

So, let's assume I have taken some great shots, and secured a gallery presentation. I have shots of extremely varying aspect ratios, and many themes. Now I have to order prints. What size should ...
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What is the best site for ordering prints online?

There are many sites out there that offer printing services. I am not interested in photo hosting websites such as SmugMug. What is the best in reference to the following criteria: Inexpensive - ...
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Questions to ask when using a professional printing service

I do lots of landscape photography. A friend of mine wants one of my photographs printed; I've never done this before! All of my photos are post-processed in Photoshop, and I only generate JPEG's for ...
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Why do my prints look different from what I see on my computer monitor?

I haven't printed any of my photos yet but I decided to give it a try. I am thinking of getting a printer of my own but before that I wanted to see how they would look. So, I simply printed one at the ...
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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 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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Is it better to scan negatives or prints?

I've been wondering this for awhile now. Is it better to scan a 35mm negative, or a larger print from the negative? Which will provide a better scan? Does this change when moving to a larger film, ...
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What do I need to take into account for printing to canvas?

I've got a couple of pictures I was considering getting printed onto canvas. Is there anything particular I need to take into account? I'm thinking of things like photo resolution, colour profiles ...
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Why is 1:1 desirable for a macro lens?

Why is 1:1 desirable for a macro lens? I know it means that you can print a picture of something and it will be the same size on paper as it is in real life, but why is this such a desirable feature ...
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Are any generic/off-brand ink cartridges a good deal in terms of cost and quality?

One of the big costs of ink-jet printing at home is the ink. A quick visit to google shows that there are plenty of companies out there willing to sell ink cartridges and refills for the major ...
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What are the minimum DPI and size (in pixels) required to print good 10x15 photos?

I have canon 400D. my photos (jpgs) are usually from about 3.5 MB to 6 MB (3888 x 2592 in pixels). How can I resize them to get good 10cmx15cm photos & faster upload?
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Suggestions for a photo sales & printing vendor?

I'm beginning to seriously think about selling my photos online ... as prints, greeting cards, etc. Can anyone recommend a site that does a good job of handling the sales translations, printing, ...
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Is there a human factor involved in the quality of photo prints when you take your pics to a photo-lab?

When you go to a photo-lab like Walmart, Target, pharmacies, etc. are you at the mercy of the printing machine? Is the photo printing process very automatic, or is there a technician making some ...
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Should I use JPG or TIFF for high-quality prints?

I am putting together a photo book. I shot all the photos in RAW. The prints will be 300pi on 13x11 inch glossy paper. I am laying out the pages in InDesign, which doesn't allow me to import and place ...
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Where can I buy actual poster prints in the UK (as opposed to poster-sized photographs)?

Does anyone know of a print shop in the UK where I can have proper paper posters made from my photos? Note I'm talking specifically about posters made from paper (exactly like the ones you'd buy ...
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How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?

I'm a casual photographer with an APS-C camera (Pentax K-5) and a set of proper lenses. Someone asked me if I could photograph his oil paintings for a catalog. It's a low priority job to him, he just ...
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What are the downsides to framing without glass over the print?

I hate seeing the reflections of bright lights on my framed prints. (Actually, anybody's prints!) I'm about to frame this season's work for the gallery and I'm considering leaving off the glass. I can ...
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What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images?

What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images? Do printing companies simply convert them to 8-bit? Do some have printers with a wider gamut that can use additional color data? Is there a ...
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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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Why do my scanned images have lines across them?

As you can see in the example, my scanned images have horizontal and vertical lines across them. They are very noticeable in dark areas of the image. The original print is a 4x6 matte finish print. ...
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Rescuing prints stuck to glass

I have a print which has stuck to the the glass in its frame. I tried to pull it off, resulting in some small tears before we stopped. How can I remove it without damaging it further? Unfortunately, ...
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What kind of containers are effective for ~20 year storage?

Occasionally, I print large photos (20x30). What kind of container should I use if I want them to last approximately 20 years? Note: Assume I am not concerned about fire.
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How can I preserve/protect existing framed prints from fading?

I have some prints that were printed and framed professionally, and now they are situated in a relatively bright room, and I am concerned that they will fade in the light. I have heard that there ...
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What is the largest possible print size with 35mm film?

What is the largest possible size I can enlarge to with 35mm film?
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How big can I print a JPEG photo that measures 5120 x 2880 pixels? [duplicate]

I have made a collage with 5120 x 2880 px size using picasa. Now I want to order a print of it. What would be the best option to make a canvas print or a poster print? I want the best size and ...
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How to calculate viewing distance for a print size?

I'm working on a photomontage (35mm landscape). The client is asking for what size they should print it at and what is the viewing distance. I'm planning to print the final image on either A1 or A2 ...
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How durable are photographic canvas prints to moisture and humidity?

I want to put photographic canvas prints on stretcher frames in my bathroom, how bad of an idea is this? Obviously it depends on how wet my bathroom is, but I would call it fairly typical, and it does ...
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Is it doable to take an image I like from web, print, put in a frame, and put on my room wall?

Sometimes i find good images online and I hope if I have it on my room wall, is it a good idea to print it and put on my wall? did you try this before? What's the most issues i should think about ...
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Should I sign, watermark or otherwise label a framed print? And if so how?

I have an opportunity to show some of my work in a small local coffee shop. Are there any guidelines/practices to signing, labeling or watermarking a photo which is to be on display? Or should a ...
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What's the best light for viewing photos?

What is the best type of light for viewing printed photos?
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Are digital prints from CVS reasonable quality for casual printing needs?

There's a CVS drugstore on my commute, so it would be very convenient to stop in and pick up some prints that I've uploaded earlier. However, CVS is, shall we say, not terribly professionally ...
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What are some good places to sell photo prints online, with a focus on Europe?

There's already good links at What are some good places to sell photo prints online? – but they are mostly US-centric, and since I am targeting mostly people in Europe (especially Germany) – I'd ...
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How should I repair a color print that ended up in the garbage by accident?

(It was a comedy of errors I'm not going to describe that caused the print to end up in the garbage.) Should I spray the photo lightly with some distilled water and then try to flatten it and let ...
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Can photographs survive freezing temperatures?

So we have some old family photos. These photos date 40-10 years old... some maybe newer. A family member of mine stored these photos in the garage for a year. This is in Toronto, Canada, so ...
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Old photos (plusmin 25) years seem to be glued together: a solution?

I started looking at some very old family albums lately. In some of them there was no plastic-ish foil in between pages, so that photos of adjacent pages were touching eachother, front end of one ...
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Do photographic printers employ “Printer Steganography”? Does it matter?

Nowadays, many printers implement printer steganography, a technique used to mark the print with tiny "yellow dots". I want to know if any printers used to print photographs also employ this ...
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How to calibrate a printer and monitor if neither are very good?

If I have a mediocre monitor, and a reasonable but not fantastic printer, what are my options for getting a good photo print? Printer ink is not cheap, and I usually do not have the patience or ...
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Can office-store photo scanners damage old prints?

I have a number of prints from South East asia in the 1960s and 70s (the film is long gone). The prints are clearly starting to fade, and I'd like high-fidelity scans of them before it's too late. ...
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Is there a trick to separate an old photo moisture-fused to glass?

We have lived in some moist environments and a favorite photo, while it otherwise looks good, has large parts of it that appear to have bonded to the glass of its frame. Presumably this is due to ...
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Paper versus canvas for showcasing your work

I've never put an image onto canvas before, only paper. When do you print onto canvas and when do you use paper? Does each medium better showcase certain kinds of images (black and white, images that ...
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How to tell if a photo is not developed on a photographic paper?

I was wondering if I could tell a photo developed on photographic paper from an ink or laser printed photo. I used to do B&W prints from film myself, and now I always order my prints from a ...
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How do you print photos at non-standard sizes?

If you have a frame that is very small or at a non-standard size such as 2"x2" how do you edit your images so that you can print them at a standard size from a lab? For example, if I want to print ...
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Which paper has to be used to print a photo, which is low contrast and mostly grey?

I have been asked a print of this photo (60x40 cm). Picture being very low contrast, I do not know what kind of physical medium to have it printed. The printing will be hung on a wall of a living room ...
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Why are my printed photos coming out smudged and crazy looking?

I just got a new Canon Pixma Pro-100, which came with a few sheets of luster paper. I calibrated the printer, and printed 2 sheets looking sharp. Then, I printed one photo... it came out pretty good: ...