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johnp
johnp  10139 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 - 2:38 PM

I've made an interesting discovery. Digital printing by Tesco (or at least our local one) is great! And until 29 Jan they are doing BOGOF.

I've designed some cards to use to promote my portraiture business and dropped them in at Tesco to get "proofs" made while we were shopping. The idea was to get the cards printed by a "proper" outfit. Fantastic quality, and I got the whole job done there.

Pricing is based on the total number of a size in the order. You save by ordering on the 24-hour service, although in reality they sometimes do them in only an hour or two.

24-hour prices for orders over 150 prints are:
4x6 5p
5x7 10p
6x8 about 20p (just spotted that the price isn't on the flyer - sorry!)

But remember - until 29 Jan you pay only half those prices. Where else can you buy 1000 high quality 4x6 (split over 6 designs) for 25?

The only thing to beware of is that the machine crops a bit off the edges and for my purpose that mattered because I had a mixture of thumbnails and text. Just needed a bit of adjustment in Photoshop to get it perfect.

John

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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2008 - 2:59 PM

Its certainly very competitively priced, the problem is quality. Had over 50 6 x 4 printed, after each being carefully adjusted in Photoshop. The output was quite different from the screen image. Asked them to process it again, it was improved but still quite poor. Also suffered from cropping. I suspect quality varies considerably from store to store.

sberlyn
sberlyn  7426 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2008 - 3:21 PM


Quote: I...after each being carefully adjusted in Photoshop. The output was quite different from the screen image.

Possibly a calibration issue? I'd ask them to give you their ICC profile, not that they'll know what you're on about...

irweazel
irweazel  8167 forum posts England
23 Jan 2008 - 3:26 PM

i've not had any problems with them, even found a enthuisat behind the counter who did some reprints for me real quick, good quality and cheap

Geoffphoto
23 Jan 2008 - 3:31 PM

and don't forget your Clubcards !!!!!!

johnwillywoofit

What media do they accept images on?

johnp
johnp  10139 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 - 5:36 PM


Quote: What media do they accept images on?

CF, SD, CD
John

johnp
johnp  10139 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 - 5:50 PM


Quote: Its certainly very competitively priced, the problem is quality. Had over 50 6 x 4 printed, after each being carefully adjusted in Photoshop. The output was quite different from the screen image. Asked them to process it again, it was improved but still quite poor. Also suffered from cropping. I suspect quality varies considerably from store to store.

I've found that the trick is to sort everything in Photoshop then tell Tesco to turn off all colour corrections.

John

miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2008 - 5:56 PM

Thanks John. Might try that.

Steve_Atkins
23 Jan 2008 - 5:57 PM

Sorry Tescos, my New Year Resolution was to stop shopping with you...

Conclusion:
1. Food is far tastier elsewhere and doesn't go mouldy before the sell by date.

2. The camper van doesn't splutter on dodgy fuel.

3. Profolab make much better prints.

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 - 6:08 PM

With you there Steve..
1. Food is far tastier elsewhere and doesn't go mouldy before the sell by date.

The sell by date being the date your shopping on....many a time have I come home with fresh meat & fish to be used on that day.

Never tried getting prints there so no comment.

pepperst
pepperst  72328 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2008 - 6:15 PM

Food is nasty, their lunchtime stuff is awful

Steve_Atkins
23 Jan 2008 - 6:30 PM


Quote:
The sell by date being the date your shopping on....many a time have I come home with fresh meat & fish to be used on that day.

...I've had loadsa stuff go off the same day I've bought it!
Do Tesco expect us to dismantle the packaging and check if it's got fungus before we buy?

peterjones
peterjones e2 Member 123934 forum postspeterjones vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2008 - 11:34 AM

One of my NY resolutions is to reduce or cut out supermarkets altogether especially Tesco; I am not going to support their efforts in world domination.
Having recently bought fruit and veg from the local market and meat from the local butcher it is amazing how much better quality it is; as for printing cheaply I will stick with Photobox.

BEVZED
BEVZED e2 Member 71140 forum postsBEVZED vcard United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 - 11:41 AM

Hubby buys milk, marg, loo rolls and dog food, I get everything else elsewhereSmile
The 43 mile round trip is worth every penny, cheaper than 10 mile round trips returning stinking meats and mouldy bread.
Not tried prints, tempted a couple of times when I was short on time but ....

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