Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Make Your Best Prints Ever

One of the great joys resulting from the change to digital compared to shooting film is the ability to get great photo prints optimized for the subject and photographer. Everyone who used to try to get a good, custom print from a slide or negative knows what a challenge that used to be. There were multiple visits to the lab when an image didn't print right and had to be reprinted. Or often, you'd just accept the print as is because it was "good enough," and any changes weren't worth the back-and-forth with the lab. You probably know what I'm talking about.

DPMag Published in Printing
Make Your Best Prints Ever

Other Settings. These generally tend to be unique to printers, such as the ability to print a borderless print, or are used with other programs, such as printing in a certain page order. For these, you'll need to check your printer's manual.

Once the choices are made, click on Print and sit back while Photoshop and your printer make the print for you.

Digital Lab CalendarsWorking With A Digital Lab
While we'd never give up our inkjet photo printer, for some projects, we'd rather leave the printing to professionals. For extra-large output or big-volume print jobs, it's hard to match the capabilities and speed of a professional lab at home.

Online labs like Miller's Mpix (www.mpix.com) make it easy to order digital prints at standard sizes all the way up to 20x30 inches at very affordable prices. Online labs typically give you a discount when you order lots of reprints. Try getting a discount from your home inkjet printer.

In addition to standard prints, though, you can order all kinds of creative photo gifts without having to spend time in front of the computer designing them. Mpix, for example, can turn your photos into a deck of playing cards, a magazine cover or baseball trading cards, in addition to the typical photo gifts like calendars, books and greeting cards.

Your local photo lab likely offers many of these same services. The advantage of working with an online lab is that everything can be done from the comfort of your desktop darkroom. Just upload your images to the lab, place your order, and your creations are shipped to your home. It doesn't get any easier.

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