how to avoid cropping when printing
Most of the time when i print i use shutterfly, i don't know if that bad or good, but its the only place i know that has done a decent job of making my prints look like the original. The think i don't like about them it they make me crop my image (when doing 8x10) or have it where the image in completely on the sheet, but with a white border. i really don't mind the border, but i would still prefer not to have it.
I do want to make my own prints, but i have the problem with the print not having the same tone as my image on my computer. i've tried missing with the printer settings, but I'm still at a lost.
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Stacey has some very solid advice and I cannot express the importance of having a properly calibrated monitor to get the colour and tone you want from your prints otherwise it's a hit or miss scenario. Monitor calibration tools can be expensive but don't have to be to get a good result. I use the iOne Pro from Xrite. The ColorMunki from Xrite is also a fine unit.23 March 2015
When exporting to jpeg for printing it is also handy if you have the PPD file (Postscript Printer Description) from whoever is printing your image. That way when you export from Photoshop using the printers PPD file you are getting the closest colour info to get the best result.
I believe using a full frame camera (usually more expensive I don't know what you use) will prevent you from having to crop. if you don't then its just a part of printing no matter where you get it printed. sometimes the cropping is not an issue but if it is I can usually convince people to get an 8x12 and then it wont crop it at all. when youre taking pictures try backing up a little or zooming out a little and that way if leaves you a little extra playing room for cropping. I use black river imaging and really like them and they aren't expensive.28 August 2014
as far as the color on your computer not matching the print (again I don't know what you use) it depends on your monitor and if it is calibrated or not. more expensive monitors tend to have more colors that they show. When shooting in a RAW image there is so much info in that picture as far as color. so much that most inexpensive and even expensive monitors cant even show all of the color. Same goes for printers, professional printing companies have expensive printers that show all of those colors if your monitor is not calibrated these colors can turn out different. I don't know much about shutterfly but I do recommend trying a new place for printing. as far as blackriverimaging.com they have an option for color correcting and that typically will solve your problem bc someone actually looks at the pictures and they use very good monitors and printers and see true color. they also ship next day! hope this helped