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Title: Printing
Post by: plume on August 17, 2011, 10:31 AM
Does anyone know a good place to get a picture printed? It needs to be at least 10"x24"
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 17, 2011, 11:17 AM
You really need to give more information. What kind of picture? What size is the original image? Is it digital? What will the end product be used for? Are you planning on selling archival prints? :reaction
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 17, 2011, 03:19 PM
I used to use Kinkos because their printers were pretty darned good. But since they merged with Fed Ex and are now Fed Ex Office, the business has leased some machines that are less than mediocre. In putting my portfolio together for the L.A. conference, I was seeking some good prints and I found Costco's 1 hour photo to be good. You have to resize your canvas to their print size . . . so say you've done your finish at 8 1/2 by 11, you will need to size your canvas in PS up to 11 x 14 . . .  and they like the file less than 4M as a jpeg . . . you'll be left with some borders to trim off, but the prints are wonderful. They have a way you can do it online, but I really want to see more of what I'm doing so I take a flash drive in (you can't plug any external hard drives in at the store).

I'm looking at the dimensions they print and they don't have an 18 x 24, but if you went with the next size by expanding your canvas digitally to 20 x 30, at this time, one print at that size runs $8.99.

If you are looking to mass produce and sell your prints, that may not be the best option, but if it's for a gift, or you want a copy of your original work, it's a good way to go. (I was told by a former AD that the prints are difficult to tell from originals).  :eyeballs:

We also have commercial printers in town that will print for a fee based on how much you want done . . . giving bulk discounts. You may find one in your local listings.
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: plume on August 17, 2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks all. Do you have to be a Costco member to get prints done there? Either online or at the store?
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 17, 2011, 05:56 PM
Sadly, yes. They ask for your card when you turn in your order.
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: plume on August 17, 2011, 06:04 PM

How much does a membership cost?
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: pilonsc on August 17, 2011, 08:16 PM
I'm just going to chime in here. A Costco membership is about 55$ for the year.
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 17, 2011, 08:22 PM
Thanks Pilsonsc. We have the rewards membership which is initially more, but we get back that plus, throughout the year. It's worth it if you will use your membership . . . but if it's for a one time print, the local print shops may be a better option. Although, the ones here have pretty hefty charges.
Title: Re: Printing
Post by: Jeff Smith on November 18, 2011, 01:48 PM
I am a graphic Designer and I always tell people if you want the job printed correctly go to a real print shop. Avoid places like FedEx Kinkos. If it just a simple picture for a scrap book or to hang on your fridge then Kinkos is fine. Anything you want to present to others as a professional picture should be printed by professionals not 17 year old kids working at a photo stand at the local drugstore.