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

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How were photographs printed in newspapers in 1929?

This is an advert from 1929 I am curious as how this and other similar things were printed back then. How were the images printed on the advert? Seems to me like this wasn't possible back then! Can ...
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Where can I print a panorama?

You scout the location, bring your tripod with you, wait for the right light, become victim of weather in the meanwhile, take an insane amount of photos, work hours on getting the stitch right, and ...
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What is the difference between Canon's black inks?

My Canon MP560 printer requires one PGI-220BK black cartridge and one CLI-221BK black cartridge (which is a part of a CMYK bunch). What is the difference between the two?
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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 instance?...
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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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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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How can I upscale a low-res image to make it appear higher-res?

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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Should I adjust a print knowing that it will be hung in a fairly dark place?

I am about to have a digital image printed to be mounted and framed and hung in a fairly dark hallway that has very little natural light and only one light bulb. Should I prepare the print in ...
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How can an amateur print high gamut images?

I shoot RAW, and It would be really nice to print high gamut images. The problem is that: I work on laptop that can only show ~60% of sRGB, and clearly a much much smaller percentage of Adobe RGB ...
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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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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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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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How can I self-publish a photography book?

I took thousands of photos for a book I want to publish. I am a graphic designer, so creating the layout of the book, pages, covers, etc is not a problem. I know how to process my images for print. ...
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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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What does DPI mean?

What does DPI mean and how does it affect images displayed on screen versus printed?
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Is it possible to print a photo so it can be mounted on a globe?

I'd like to transform an image so that it can be mounted on a sphere. I'd like to use an image of a map (see the One Piece world map on the image), but it could be anything. Here is a kind of Family ...
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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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Online Printing API?

tl;dr: Is there a way to have SmugMug-like + printing service integration hosted on your own website? (The API to the printing service is the piece I am missing) I am looking for an automated ...
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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'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 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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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 and ...
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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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What adjustments do photo labs apply to a digital image when printing it?

What adjustments do high-street photo labs make to a digital image when printing it? I recently took some wedding photos which I adjusted in lightroom mainly using the histogram as a guide to ...
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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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What is Fine Art Paper?

What is fine art paper and how is it different from standard photo paper? Is it just a marketing term? When should it be used?
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Is there a photo print provider I can use to offer a “Buy a print” feature on my own website?

I do host my own photo gallery online and want to share my photos with my community. It should be possible to purchase copies of my photos online. So I asked myself if there is a service provider for ...
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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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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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What is a suitable image resolution for canvas prints?

I would like to create a 60 inch x 20 inch canvas print using an image with a resolution of 4759x1798 (240 pixels per inch) and I would like to know if the image quality will still be good at that ...
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What is the difference between halftoning and dithering?

As I understand it, halftoning is the process of taking an image with a given color range (as defined by the colorspace) and blending the colors to form an image with a smaller range of colors. How ...
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Alternative media for printing photos

The standard way to print photos is on paper, but I'm noticing in particular two alternatives that are starting to make a bit push, namely Metal and Canvas. So, my question is, why would I want to ...
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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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What is a Carbon Print?

I read recently an article on Wired Magazine about a guy who did an installation using "carbon prints". Searching around on the web I came across this page, where it is stated that: These ‘...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why don't Hahnemüle papers trigger out-of-gamut warnings when softproofing in Lightroom (when Canon Matte Stock does)?

I recently bought a Canon Pixma Pro 100. To get a better understanding of stocks, I have been printing the same (black and white) image with the same sharpening etc. on lots of different papers so I ...
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What DPI should I resize my image to for best printing quality?

And my apologies if this sounds a bit too basic but I can't get my head around this. I have a digital image I took with my camera. 4000x3000 pixels, and GIMP claims that its resolution is 72x72 DPI. ...
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Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?

I generally don't like legal questions, however in this case my choice is either to accept an agreement or move on to a different print service, and I'll gladly do the latter if necessary. I was ...
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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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Can leaving a print in fixer too long cause damage/staining?

This is a question for you oldskool B&W photographers, I'm hoping there's some of you out there ;) I am just getting round to sorting out my darkroom and thought I'd give it a test run now the ...
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What double-sided ink jet paper is best for printing fine-art photo books at home?

I am planning to print my own photo books of my landscape and wildlife photography. I have a Canon PIXMA Pro9500 II pigment inkjet printer, and I have spent an extensive amount of time working with ...
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What printing solution will best provide me with high quality, archival prints with a consistent workflow?

I want to print photographs that I've taken over the last ten years or so - a few hundred photographs - and put them into albums (mostly) or boxes so they can be looked at easily. Mostly they are ...
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Is it not ideal to save image as PNG for printing?

So the scenario: I want to order a print of one of my images. It is a special image and will be relatively large (a couple of metres) so I want it to be perfect as possible. I have the RAW file, ...
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What advantage does giclee have over traditional photosensitive print making?

I'm trying to figure out why I would want to print giclee. Let me set some background. I'm a gallery represented artist entering my third season. My sales are good. I print with Bay Photo (via ...
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

Assuming monitor(s) are correctly calibrated and print viewing is done in a viewing box with its own light source, what should the room lighting be? With no lighting at all I think most people find ...
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Is it possible and/or a good idea to print digital photos to slides?

I've been thinking about ways to project large images onto a wall or screen, since that's a fun way to share them with a group: i.e., the classic slide show. But LCD projector resolutions are still ...