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Photo printing question

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Cajuncowboy, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    If I have a jpg image and the size is 450px × 319px could this be taken to a photo kiosk like at walmart and be printed out and be clear in an 8X10 format?
  2. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Yes...
  3. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    It can be done, but there will be stretching which will reduce the quality.
  4. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    How distorted will it be. Will it be real noticeable?
  5. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    8x10 Photo with a 450x319 White box drawn inside it. That white box will be stretched to fill the red. You can of course, not stretch it, but then the image is smaller than 8x10. You will obviously want to have the orientation to be horizontal rather than vertical but it still won't matter, there will be stretching.

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    I should also point out I'm not some photo guru. Your best advice will come from someone like Salt or Cliff.
  6. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    It's going to depend on Pixels Per Inch.
    If it's 72 ppi, you're going to see artifacts in the image. Like pixelation (jagged edges) at close inspection. It won't look horrible, but it won't be museum quality. :)

    If it's all you have with no access to a higher source of the image, prints that size from places like Walmart and Target aren't all that pricey, so it won't be a costly experiment.
  7. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    You've inserted a landscape orientation example inside of a portrait orientation background which tends to exaggerate the distortion.

    Cajun, it depends on the format of the original file, how many times its been manipulated since it was saved as an image in the camera, if its the original full sized image or already a crop, and the pixel density to start off with.

    A jpeg image saved three times with an original low density is going to look like dog crap. Massive pixelation, posterization, color fade.

    The best bet is to take it to a professional camera store or print shop and let them work their magic; they'll be able to do all kinds of work to it that you cannot do at a kiosk. You'll get much better color and ink as well. If the picture is worth blowing up and something you want to keep for more than a few years, go pro. Kiosks use inferior ink for printing 5x7's that are hidden away from sunlight and ambient light for 99.9% of their life. The paper is crap too.

    You want to hang it on the wall, go pro. You want to stick it in a frame in a dark closet, try kiosk.
  8. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    Yeah, I had noted in the top of the post that you'll want the orientation to be different. I was too lazy to re-do the image.
  9. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Well, It's something I want to frame and hang on the wall. It is a picture of Gene Cernan and I want to have him sign it.

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