Printing digital pictures


Bubblybunny
on Apr 27, 2008 @ 07:58 am

While digital cameras are convenient, I always like to have a hard copy of my photos and flip through the pictures the old fashion way. I am wondering where people print out their digital pics. I usually go to Loblaw and submit the order online. But I find their website site slow (esp when I have a lot) and their edit feature is annoying. For every photo I need to crop, I have to click on each one individually, crop to the right size and then click update to save. This is a LONG process. I thought I could flip through all the pics in Preview, crop them all and then click update to save all the changes, but I can't. It's frustrating and time consuming.

Loblaw is fairly cheap they often have sales, but I'd pay a little more for my pics if it means I can save myself hours of computer, monotonous work.
 


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hunter_jc
Probably editing is a necessary evil. on Apr 27, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Well most online applications are similar and not as fast as applications that is on your computer. It will be much faster if you crop your pictures with some photo managing software first and then upload them for printing. If you do print them a lot, then invest in a good software is a good idea. I print pictures differently, I usually just print one or two a time.
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Feisty Redhead
yep - it's a necessary evil on Apr 27, 2008 @ 11:05 am

Hunter is right. In most cases the manual editing is going to be a time consuming but necessary task, and most online editing tools are pretty much the same. It works the same way as any program you may use on your computer before uploading the pictures - you've got to go through and do each picture individually and save it. That's just part of the digital photo world - UNLESS you "pre-crop" by getting as close to your subject as possible/zooming in to eliminate any busy/extra background you don't want when you take the picture so no actual cropping is necessary.

I use walmart.com for organizing and printing my digital pictures if I need a lot of prints made. But I do any and all editing that may be necessary with Adobe PhotoShop, save it AS A COPY (I NEVER make permanent changes to the original file - you never know when you might need the photo as it was originally taken for some reason!) and upload the edited pictures for printing.

If I am only printing a couple photos I will just print them myself on high quality photo paper, again doing any editing and saving as a copy before clicking the print button - and making use of the 'preview print' option.
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Ali de Bold
wal-mart on Apr 28, 2008 @ 10:31 am

is a really cheap place to get photos printed. However, if your issue is editing that is going to be a pain no matter what. I do my editing on my computer. If you do this often, it might be worth getting a good photo editor. If you have a mac it's built in. If not, try Picassa. It's awesome and fast.
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Bubblybunny
best size for online printing on Apr 28, 2008 @ 07:20 pm

Thanks for all the advice. I do have a good photo editor on my computer but like Feisty, I don't like saving the modified copy over the original, so I end up with 2 copies of each photo and that takes up a lot of memory. Does anyone know how small I can reduce the picture size (in pixel) to get a good 4x6 print?
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Feisty Redhead
pixels & print size on Apr 28, 2008 @ 07:29 pm

Generally spekaing 1600x1200 pixel resolution yields the best results for high quality 4x6 inch prints - with as low as 2mp camera. If your camera has more megapixels you should be able to get suitable pictures at a lower resolution. There is some good basic info here: http://www.digicamhelp.com/processing-photos/printing/
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Bubblybunny
Ooooh Thanks! on Apr 28, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

I'll check out the link! :) Thanks for the advice!!
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spotty
snap fish on Apr 29, 2008 @ 03:24 pm

I use snap fish to print my digital photos. I like them b/c their prices our low, printing quality is good, and they either deliver or you can pick up at an area drugstore (Walgreens or Longs) to avoid shipping costs.
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