Can you tell us how you prepared the files? You say that you used the profile from Dry Creek Photo to softproof, but did you convert the files to the printer profile before sending them to Costco? Did you follow the instructions on the Dry Creek website?
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>I just picked up a package of prints from Costco.
Yeah, I've sworn off them for good. If everything goes as it should, the output will be great. However, at least at my local store, it rarely goes as it should.
A little "secret", or at least it was a surprise to me, is that for uploaded orders some settings have to be input manually at the printer console. In other words, you're counting on the operator remembering to turn off your auto-corrections and put in the correct paper type. In my experience, that rarely happens. Add to this that their backprinted output string doesn't match what Dry Creek's pages say, and you have a tough time even being sure that they autocorrected when you told them not to.
It just keeps reminding me that you almost always get what you pay for. Had I printed somewhere else, it would have ended up costing me less due to less wasted time and gas dealing with the people at this store. Almost makes me want to get out my Nikkormat FT2 and some TMax, so that nobody else can screw up my prints.
At the moment it looks like my problem was not knowing about turning off the autocorrect. The folks at the White MArsh, MD store told me about this and even told me the ins and outs of the Dry Creek profiles and the difference in color bias between Fuji and Kodak.
>The folks at the White MArsh, >MD store told me about this and even told me the ins and >outs of the Dry Creek profiles and the difference in color >bias between Fuji and Kodak. >
Well, they certainly sound more on top of things than the folks at my store -- I don't think they'd know a profile if it bit them on the rear. Yours sounds like a place where you're more than likely to get better results.