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Thread: Where do you have your work printed, and is it worth it?

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    Where do you have your work printed, and is it worth it?

    I did my first big ArtRage painting on Christmas Eve for a Christmas gift. There was not a whole lot of time for planning, like how big, what to print it on, or where to have it printed, all I knew is I wanted printed. It turned out to be 24X34 printed on 24X36 heavy poster paper for $30 and then a 50% off frame from Joannís. Other then the cost I am very happy with the way it turned out.

    Now maybe itís just because I am broke right now but I was dumfounded at the printing cost. So now that I have some time, I started looking for a cheaper place to print things. Well, it seems to be the opposite. Not only cant I find anywhere cheaper but I found out there are I list of different materials you can get your work printed on, and there prices puts the fear of god into my wallet.

    So the question is when you have work bigger than 8.5X11, where do you have your work printed at? And what type of material do you have it printed on? Do you feel the price is worth it?

    Keep in mind I am not talking about selling prints, just have one or two printed for your self or for gifts.

    Thanks.

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    One option would be to save it as a .jpeg and have it printed at a photo shop on photo paper....my best friend does that fairly often for pressies and at much better prices than getting 'art prints' from places that specialise in that. price varies depending on size and where you go but for an 8x10inch its about $7.95 and thats reg price at a good photo shop with no discount voucher.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Selby
    One option would be to save it as a .jpeg and have it printed at a photo shop on photo paper....
    Saving as a .PNG would be better. JPGs use a lossy compression that can introduce visible artifacts, especially in areas of high contrast. PNG is a lossless compression that wont produce any artifacts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRage
    Saving as a .PNG would be better. JPGs use a lossy compression that can introduce visible artifacts, especially in areas of high contrast. PNG is a lossless compression that wont produce any artifacts.
    Andys right it is a better file format the only possible jig is a lot of photo places ive been to wont accept .png files. only .jpeg .tiff .bmp

    dont ask why ive no idea....they are probly just being stubborn.

    Selby
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    My printer will print near photo quality prints up to 8.5x11, got it just to print ArtRage work, so I am not too worried about that. Unless I want to print more than a few as it eats ink. Mostly I am looking for info on printing over 8.5x11,like 24x36. But thanks for the info.
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    I print them in pieces on 8.5 x 11 and glue-stick the pages together into poster size.

    P.S. You can put digital matting around the picture too.

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    I created a thread for a different purpose than what you're asking here but I think you'll find some answers there and a couple of printers that I've used for large formats. Hope this helps.

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...pic.php?t=8429

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    Thanks Robert,

    Yours was the first post I read when I did a search for the topic. I almost did not post this topic after I read yours, but I figured I would give it a try. The two sites you suggest sound good if I go the mail order route.
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