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Grateful for Advice on Printing Pics Please

15 Jul 2012 7:24PM
Hi Guys,

I'd be grateful for any advice regarding having one of my photos printed. I've never had any of my pics printed before and am a bit confused.

I have two versions of the image:

1) Jpeg - 4.26 MB. Width = 4550 pixels, Height = 1335 pixels 300 dpi

2) PSD - 16.5 MB (the properties of the file don't show the width/height dimensions).

My queries are:

a) Which is the best file type to send off on-line to a supplier for printing?

b) What size would give the best quality print. How big could I go without the image pixelating?

c) Does anyone know of a good on-line printing service.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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15 Jul 2012 7:53PM
i would say any printing company can handle jpeg, even your local supermarket!, most higher quality companies will be able to handle psd, your PSD file will be more detailed (hence its larger size) and has no compression as with Jpeg. A file that size should easily do A3 size andperhaps up to A2 size without any noticable problems, think that a 3MP camera is fine for a A4 print.
with regards to online companies, I am afraid that I don't really use them, I prefer to take them to my local printers. that way I can hand over a USB stick and check the quality before paying for it. If its not right its their reputation and cost to fix it so they will often get it right. I am certain you will have some in your area (for me in South Manchester, I have a shop called DS colour labs

good luck

15 Jul 2012 8:02PM
Thanks Darren,

Yes, I think that what you say about local companies makes sense. I'll do some research in my area (Blackpool) and compare prices, quality etc.

Thanks for your help - now I know which file type to use and how big I can go with it.


15 Jul 2012 8:30PM
no problem, good luck
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 11:49PM
I would have thought that you would need to flatten the PSD file before going to the printers. Go to this on Youtube and it wioll explain all about print sizes.
Hope this helps
sausage Plus
13 512 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 8:10AM
The biggest size you can, jpg with low compression, sRGB and 300dpi.

Also with companies like Photobox you can download a test picture so that you can see if your monitor is displaying colours/contrast correctly. (if it's not calibrated)

16 Jul 2012 7:29PM
Hi Stephen,

That video is great - thanks for the link, I learned a lot from it.

Thanks for taking the time to help me.


16 Jul 2012 7:31PM
Hi Pete,

Thanks for the tip about Photobox, and downloading test pictures. It's interesting - I didn't know you could do that.

Thanks for your time and your help.

P.S. Love your user name.



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