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A3 Prints - Reputable Companies


Munro 6 39 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 7:35PM
I am in need of some advice.

I would be grateful for any info on print companies who are reasonably priced/good quality in terms of delivering A3 sized prints. I am looking to obtain an A3 sized print for some friends.

In addition, I have already had a look around the web and would also appreciate some advice on the file type/size which should be supplied to the company in order to ensure optimum results as I see companies will accept a range of file types and sizes.

I am slightly concerned at one of the download options I came across somewhere as the standard tif file I am converting from RAW is 86mb.

Lastly I promise, should I be cropping the picture to A3 dimensions prior to sending it to any company and if so what would you advise in terms of applying sharpening?

I appreciate this may be obvious to a number of you but I would be grateful for any advice.

Mark

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User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 7:50PM
Loxley for one.

0141 333 9444
CaptivePhotons 11 1.6k 2 England
4 Feb 2009 8:00PM
dscolourlabs

95p for an A3 print. Used them several times with out any problems.
irishman 10 1.1k 2 Ireland
4 Feb 2009 9:28PM
Another vote for dscolourlabs but just make sure you download their colour profile to get a good color matxh on your prints.
julesm 10 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 9:35PM
Loxley are good, but they seem to be plagued with quality issues. I use them because they print well, but I've had to have so many orders reprinted due to handling problems.

Jules
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 10:31PM
I'm sorry you've had problems Jules.
I've used Loxley for years now and only had one problem. They reprinted the order straight away without charge. Apart from that, they've been very professional indeed.

Gerry.
PeteWilliamson 9 545 2 Isle of Man
4 Feb 2009 10:47PM
Peak Imaging have always been good for me.. I've printed 20 x 30 bike images with them and they look great. Give you FTP details as well if the software is working for you or your on a Mac. They request TIFFS and sRGB.
MadTrace 10 268 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 11:12PM
DS for me, download the profiles, never a problem, speed, price or quality
gary_d 7 575 13 Wales
4 Feb 2009 11:35PM
I totally agree with MadTrace I found DS to be 1st class
danbrann e2
10 495 15
5 Feb 2009 12:33PM
Try Proam imaging in Bradford.1.25 plus postage for A3.Excellent quality and 48 hour turn around.
Danbrann
Tandberg 11 1.2k 2 England
5 Feb 2009 1:18PM
A second for Pro/am in BFD 18x12 inch good price and good quality
Dave
Picture_Newport 6 659 19 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 2:21PM
Try Dunns I've never had a bad print from them.

DS are pretty good too if your on a tighter budget.

Paul
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
5 Feb 2009 2:23PM
ProAM in bradford for me too

you have to do a bit more work - i.e. convert the the correct colour profile, reszie at 402DPI etc. but the reward is a very well priced and really high quality print.
MarkT 10 119 2 England
5 Feb 2009 3:53PM
ProAM for me too & Peak Imaging for larger prints.

Mark.
Munro 6 39 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 5:42PM
Thanks for the feedback. There are a few here for me to look at, with a few popular companies being put forward also.

regards

Mark

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