From Fotomat to Photoshop: How to best copy & print a lot of old photos?
September 7, 2013 12:19 PM Subscribe
I need to copy a bunch of photo prints (estimated at 80) to have made into duplicate prints for multiple people. (Reason: I found my birth family
, and they all want photos of me from throughout my life.) The photos are many different sizes and ratios, like 3x5, 4x6, square, 5x7, etc, and some have been cut with scissors into odd sizes/aspect ratios.
posted by ImproviseOrDie to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The goal is to make 4 print copies of each photo that are good enough for 4 different families to display in frames in their homes. Secondary use is photo albums, not frames.
Options I know about:
- Scanning & uploading to Snapfish, ordering prints. Problem: I already know Snapfish doesn't deal well with non-standard ratios, and there is no custom cropping I can do myself, at least not that I'm aware of. e.g., I've received prints from them with heads cut off because they'd been digitally cropped at a non-standard ratio before upload.
- Scanning & uploading to Flickr, ordering prints. I've done this, but not with odd ratioed photos. Will the Snapfish thing work here? i.e., if I upload a square photo, will I receive back a print with all the heads cut off?
- Scanning & doing my own custom editing/cropping, printing on photo paper locally. Is that still a thing? Could be quite expensive, yes, because of the price of photo paper? We're talking ~320 printed photos here.
What am I missing? Are there places where I could drop off this batch and have this done for me that aren't, say, CVS? My last experience with copying printed photos at a drugstore wound up with blurry, crappy results. Admittedly this was over a decade ago. Probably two decades, now that I think of it.
Bonus question: I have negatives for maybe 20% of these photos. Is the answer to my "not CVS" question directly above different if there are negatives involved?