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Unfortunately color calibration is a bit of a complicated field. For best results, you will want to use a color calibration device such as a Spyder or Colormunki. These devices are somewhat pricy, but a very necessary step for getting solid color accuracy. Software that comes with the color calibration units will display various colors on your display and ...


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You should buy a calibrator(x-rite or spyder are the two main brands that come to mind) and do the calibration yourself. Having it calibrated there won't necessarily do you much good. For a proper calibration you should do it right about as you want to edit those photos. And that's only after you have had your screen on for about 15-20 minutes. That's ...


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You can't reduce a 4x6" image to 3.5x5.5" and keep the same aspect ratio without cropping. You'll need to either crop the image, compress the image in one direction, skip the borders entirely, or live with uneven borders. For example, you could reduce to 3.5x5.25", giving you 1/4" borders along the long sides and 3/8" borders on the short sides. Or, you ...


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Right, math says that that's not possible, because 6 ÷ 4 is 1.5, while 5.5 ÷ 3.5 is ~1.5714 — that is, they have a different aspect ratio. (That's the proportion between an images' height and width.) You are going to have to crop, stretch (probably not a reasonable possibility without looking funny), or accept a non-symmetrical border. This isn't the ...


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Image resolution/pixel dimensions are the attributes you should probably be looking for. To find out what numbers you should specify in your requirements, you'll need to decide on the maximum size that you'll want to print an image from the archive, then from that you can derive the minimum resolution that images in the archive should have. For example, if ...


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For people who have a decent image editor I would say -- the picture should be at least 300 ppi when sized down without resampling to the dimensions it will be printed. As the people you are communicating with may not have those tools or know the print sizes, I'd ask your marketing people the maximum printed size they are aiming for and then find someone ...


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Imposing a minimum DPI value is meaningless as images do not have any intrinsic physical dimension. A better approach is to work out the maximum size you want to guarantee to be able to print, work out the image size in pixels necessary to achieve 300 PPI at this size, and then impose a minimum on the image dimensions in pixels.


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Printchomp has now launched a Photo Print API http://www.printchomp.com/api. Printchomp has access to over 10,000 printers in it's network and is easy to integrate in multiple languages. Printchomp API is truly RESTful and has adopted Hypertext Application Language (HAL) to make it easily consumable and explorable. All API calls and responses are very ...


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I think Phil addressed the fact that it really comes down to personal preference very well. One area that wasn't hit on was your question about durability though. I wouldn't worry too much about the durability of any of the options. The Fuji Pearl option tells us that they are using a photochemical process with light sensitive papers to do traditional ...


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What's 'best' is going to be largely a matter of personal preference, and as such I would recommend getting some samples if you're unsure. The site you've linked to offer sample photo books and print colour tests on different papers for a small fee: http://www.artisanstate.com/sample-photo-book.html This will be the best way to check you're getting what ...



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