I just send my prints to ProDPI. Colors are accurate and prices are reasonable. Cost less than trying to keep your printer calibrated especially when you're using 3rd party inks which will likely have variations. Driver updates will also throw shit off.
>>2682025 > especially when you're using 3rd party inks which will likely have variations Actually, they likely won't, because they just buy industrially made ink. It's not exactly like that industry is new to quality control.
>>2682028 > Umm, to print up to 13x19, you've got to drop around $1000 on a printer. Sure? Never said anything else. Are you implying that this is "stupidly expensive", or that Canon / Epson have no such printers?
I mean, what volumes are we even talking about here?
I was assuming that you were considering a printer like in the OP, and was simply cautioning that it's possibly not worth owning one of these for a low hundreds volume of prints a week.
In that situation you really probably should get a Canon / Epson. Doesn't matter if you do a low hundred 13x19 or 10x5 or 4x6 with their respective corresponding machines.
If you print many hundreds of 13x10 or thousands of 10x5 or 4x6, sure, clearly get one of these.
>>2682028 > Papers, canvases, and the other various materials you can have pictures printed on. Yes, the typical stuff works with such inkjets.
> Look, I'm cool with the fact that you like printing your own stuff and whatnot like that, but that's not what this thread is about/for. That wasn't evident from the description - to me, printing companies and printers include device manufacturers and devices
Either way, your own device is the obvious go-to if you have medium volumes and no shop in town. One can't really justify repeatedly hiring and driving to a printing expert and all that for some 50-150 - ish count print run, and the online printing services can also get very expensive rapidly in that range.
For really low volumes, just grab a discount printing service like mpix, snapfish and shutterfly. Mpix has the best quality I think, but overall you basically just get what you ordered.
For large volumes, you really want to drive to a print shop and work the details out with them.
Mpix, Adoramapix, Bay photo all do good work. There's a bunch of others but haven't used them. Mpix stands by their products. Had glass in a frame crack during shipping, emailed them a pic of it and they had a new one shipped and here in two days - mind you it was early evening it when I got the frame so really turn around was a day.
Also for up to 8x10 Costco and Wal-mart aren't too bad, have seen Costco poster prints and canvas that look good too. Wouldn't use them if selling to a customer but just to put on your's or a friends wall they're perfectly fine.
ProDPI always seems to rank well from everything I've read. I don't think I would use Walmart or Costco if you're expecting good results. They're fine for for people that use point and shoot cameras but if your composing shots and using a good glass why would you print mud?
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