Since my Epson printer went belly up I'm starting to work out a procedure for preparing photos to send out for printing. I downloaded the ICC profiles for my local Costco so have those. I use CNX2 and/or LR4 for PP with improving (nothing is ever perfect) results. What I need now is a reliable procedure to prepare photos for sending out for printing.
I have sent a few out for printing but they were just existing jpegs. I tend to crop a lot so would need some help there to understand how to request the proper sizing. I use the standard sizes offered on the Costco website for formatting but usually have to re-crop to fit their formats.
Does anyone have a procedure they use that they will share? Something I could use as a template for developing my own workflow? It would be helpful if the procedure starts after PP has been done and the photo is ready for the print prep procedure.
#1. "RE: Printing help needed" | In response to Reply # 0elcee Nikonian since 01st Nov 2005Mon 24-Sep-12 08:47 PM
Until someone suggests a good process, check out pages like the one below. Caveat emptor.
Horse's mouth (costco.com) --
" Cropping: This is a problematic step for many photographers. The default printing mode crops a random (~0.1"/2mm) amount off one or more edges of your prints. If you do not have critical details near the edges of your shots, you can safely ignore the cropping. Other options include:
Ask for your files to be printed using the "No Resize" option. Most labs do not offer this option as it is incompatible with images that are not sized exactly. It is, however, the only way to get exact sizing.
Add some extra pixels to the canvas to compensate. A chart of suggested values for Fuji Frontier and Noritsu printers is given below. There are no exact dimensions to use for all printers, and you will find it varies a pixel or two with each new paper roll on the same printer.
Have your prints made with borders. This is useful only if you plan on matting the prints. Very few labs have their printers adjusted carefully enough to produce even borders."
#2. "RE: Printing help needed" | In response to Reply # 1kennoll Nikonian since 07th Feb 2011Mon 24-Sep-12 10:05 PM
Thanks for the quick response Larry.
I had downloaded the ICC profiles from Dry Creek Photo. I also looked over the same info you provided links for. I guess I'll just have to weed through their procedures and try to apply each step to PSE 10 and/or LR4. I don't think CNX2 will work.
I'm hoping that someone may have already done that to help me with a "starter set" of procedures.