how to prep for printing
I'm keen to print some pics, about this size of a pillow case, but don't' know the first thing about it.
are there any things that i need to check, that may not be evidient when viewing on the computer screen but will be noticeably once printed?
what size file should i use for printing something the size of a pillow case?
how do i prep the picture
and what type of material should i print on? canvas?
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I do all of my pp on my laptop and was running into an issue with my exposure when printing photos, I am a sucker for a real print so I print a lot and it took me a while to figure out my problem. This is mostley an issue when using a laptop, but can happen on a desktop, notice when looking at the screen from even slightly different angles the colors/contrast you see changes and thsi is just due to the way computer screens are made. (Now I know some of you have awesome screens where this is not an issue but moving right along...) Nowadays before I even open Lightroom or Photoshop I do a quick google search for screen calibration graphic which is usually a greyscale bar and a couple color wheels, adjust the angle of your screen until you can see everything on the image and, bam! Good to go, it is a pain to do everytime (as I have to do with my laptop) but it helps tons and you don't end up paying for bad prints that looked so good on the screen. Hope this helps someone at least a little bit.30 October 2012
its a nice web site ,i visited,its Fineartamerica.com,its a web site you can make photos or post cards to sell the works ,they also have contest as well ,different styles of photos ,,also they do prints in acrilic ,they have differents contest and organized by members ,you can create contest as you like it too ,,18 October 2012
I'm having problems as well. I've just printed out my first ever photos (8" x 10") and I was really dissapointed with the result. They turned out about 1 to 2 stops darker than what I'd edited on my iMac.17 October 2012
Has anyone else out there had to lighten a photo before having it printed?
I do my own prints and despite calibrating my monitor and my printer/ink/paper combination I find getting my prints to look like what I see on screen a pain in the a***. So I always do test prints first and modify the file using adjustment layers in Photoshop (so as not alter the original).17 October 2012
@tallienat Have you printed photo books at all? I've use blurb.com for 2 projects now - the first was a book of photos from a holiday my wife and I went on. It came out good, but I bought the cheapest options and it showed. The second project was a cookbook I made, I used much higher quality paper but was really disappointed with the outcome. It looks good, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting a lot more.16 December 2011
I like blurb because they have an InDesign plugin - you design the whole book and export it to pdf, then upload it to the site to create your book. It's a really great workflow but I fear there are too many steps that I can mess up along the way. I used jpg's in my book and I don't the best pdf export options for printing!
If anyone knows a good book or website that gives tips on printing that would be great. I really like http://photo.tutsplus.com but they don't have much on printing.
ere's the little bit I know about printing. :)14 December 2011
1. don't ever send your original photo (raw) to a printing service to have it printed (for that matter - never send your original image anywhere!)
2. if a printing service says they only print jpegs -- avoid them! jpeg format is the lowest form of your image, and the quality of your print will not be as awesome as it could be it would be if it were printed from a .tiff file type.
3. how big can you print:
there is a way to figure out the largest size image you can print from your camera based on the number of pixels your camera can take in. If you like to get a TON of images on a card by setting our image size to small -- you're only going to get good quality prints that are tiny in size; in contrast if your settings are set to capture large image sizes, you'll fit much less on a card - but you'll be able to print larger images.
there's math involved to figure it out (augh) and a website that will help: dpreview.com
find your camera on the site and find your max resolution….or you can find the max resolution of your camera in your manual. it’s 2 numbers 4288 x 2848 (my camera) that equates to 12.2MP. to calculate max print size - divide your camera’s resolution by 300 —> 10x9 when my image size is set to Large. If you shoot with your image size set to Small or Med, find the “other” resolutions and do the same calculation by the MP dimension by 300.
I use mpix.com for my printing, mounting to foam core, or doing gallery wraps. they're very reasonably priced and do a high quality job.
hope this wasn't too in depth or confusing! :) cheers
@kanonkop I don't know much either.5 December 2011
But I do know that the best resolution is 300DPI while printing. But most of the time your photo will already be 300DPI. And of course, watch out with colors, normally I use the standard Adobe RGB, but I don't know what's best. For printing flyers etc it's CMYK.
And while printing you don't work with pixels, but with dots, those dots overlap just a tiny bit.
The material doesn't matter, just what you prefer. I have a large canvas on my wall which is perfect (it's less sharper, but it doesn't matter because of the look and feel) and I have these two paper prints in photoframes on my wall (large too).
So what you need it the centimeters of the pillow and make sure your photo is the same size in 300DPI ;-)
Hope this helps you a bit.
doesn't anyone know anything about printing??3 December 2011
I don't print allot, I did some 8x10s and some 5x7s. I asked that they don't use auto correct as that throws off the contrast and color I had set already. The 8x10s were very nice, the 5x7s came out a little darker than my originals, but is my PC screen is not calibrated either. I don't use a pro print shop, I used Japan Camera, they seem to have the nicest prints out of 3 I tried out.27 November 2011