Best Place to get 16x20 Prints made???

Started Apr 18, 2002 | Discussions thread
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Re: Best Place to get 16x20 Prints made???
In reply to Larry Baker, May 5, 2002

I checked out photoaccess and have ordered a few prints from them. They offer several print sizes not offered by ofoto, and they offer matte in addition to glossy. Unlike ofoto's 300 dpi for 8x10 or less however, photoaccess.com uses 200. BUT they use 200 on their 11x14 and 12x18 as well. Interestingly they use 254 on their 16x20s and 20x30s. This is their response to my question of resolution on their 16x20s - it contains a considerable amound of useful information if you are thinking about having any larger prints made. CindyD

Dear Cindy,

The 16x20 and 20x30 prints are produced by a partner company and are printed at 254dpi. I've included some general information below about these print sizes.

These are available on the "order merchandise" page under "posters." They are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper (either glossy or matte) using the same kind of true photographic processing as the smaller PhotoAccess prints.

Prices are as follows:
16x20: $19.95
20x30: $29.95

Shipping costs on the 16x20 and 20x30 prints are:
1st class mail: $5.45 (add $1.10 for each additional print)
Express 2nd day: $21.95 (add $2.20 for each additional print)
International: $23.10 (add $6.60 for each additional print)

16x20 and 20x30 prints are shipped in double-tubed packaging. The print is placed inside a 4" x 24" round tube, then the round tube is packed inside a triangle-shaped outer tube.

Orders will normally be printed and shipped within 24 hours of the time they are received.

Resolution recommendations for these print sizes are as follows:
16x20

poor marginal good better best
800x1000 1200x1500 1600x2000 2400x3000 3200x4000
20x30

poor marginal good better best
1000x1500 1500x2250 2000x3000 3000x4500 4000x6000

A sharpening program is applied to the image files before they are printed, and interpolation is used to produce the best results from the supplied resolution when images are printed at these sizes. The images are printed at 254dpi. No color correction or enhancement is done to the files before printing. To preview print results, you can use the same calibration settings for your computer monitor as for other PhotoAccess print sizes:

In PhotoShop:
under "edit/color settings"
"working space"
RGB: with sRGB selected, choose "custom RGB" from the drop-down menu
set gamma at 2.2
set white point at 6500K

At this time, there are no cropping options available when ordering 16x20 and 20x30 prints. With this in mind, if you want to avoid cropping, you can size your image files to the respective aspect ratios of the print sizes before uploading to order:

16x20 = 1:1.25
20x30 = 1:1.5

If cropping is necessary it will be done using "crop from center." You may want to evaluate the composition of the image to make sure that important picture elements do not fall too close to the edges of the picture to avoid unsatisfactory cropping.

Please contact us at support@photoaccess.com for any further questions.

Sincerely,
Jan Souza, Customer Service, PhotoAccess.com

Larry Baker wrote:

Damin,

Bottom line, http://www.photoaccess.com . Go to the poster section under
"order merchandise". They have been offering poster prints, now
just added in the last few days are Photographic prints on Fuji
Crystal Archive paper. 16 x 20 and 20 x 30. While I have not
ordered the large prints I have been very satisfied with their 11 x
14 and several of the 36 inch poster paper prints. 16 x 20's are
listed at $19.95 in either matte or glossy. Uploads are simple
from the web site or with their software (free) if sending more
than one image. For your stated purpose I think you wll be very
happy with them.

Larry Baker
Baker Photogrpahy

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