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August 1, 2007 7:43 PM   Subscribe

I have some jpeg images that I'd like to blow up and print on glossy paper to frame and hang in my room. Is the easiest/cheapest way to go to a local kinkos or copy shop with a usb or are there cheaper alternatives to printing poster sized prints online?
posted by nyu2 to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
How large are the source images? You're going to experience severe loss in image quality if they're not at least 300 pixels per inch you want. (For instance, a 10" wide image should be at least 3000 pixels.)

You may want to see if there's a local photo place that can offer you larger prints. I've generally found that once you get into photographic printing, the chain places like Kinkos do a terribly job.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 7:45 PM on August 1, 2007


Rasterbator.
posted by porpoise at 7:53 PM on August 1, 2007


x2 on the Rasterbator.
posted by gergtreble at 8:00 PM on August 1, 2007


What beaucoupkevin said: if your images are low resolution, they won't look good huge.

Pictopia does good work. (Disclaimer: I used to work there, but have no remaining financial interest or relationship with them.)
posted by Zed_Lopez at 8:00 PM on August 1, 2007


PerfectPosters did some nice work for me.
posted by veggieboy at 8:17 PM on August 1, 2007


Are you a Costco member, or do you know one? They do excellent work, and you can upload to the website and pick it up in person.
posted by The Deej at 8:59 PM on August 1, 2007


When it comes to blowing things up, the photo shop has been the best in my experience. I first went to Kinko's to blow up an image, and after getting the results, I then went to a photo shop and got a whole lot better. The photo folks, from my experience, are better equipped for enlarging photos.
posted by Atreides at 6:33 AM on August 2, 2007


Heard these guys are good- Mighty Imaging
posted by pleuroma at 11:53 AM on August 3, 2007


I've used mpix.com to make posters.
posted by pyjammy at 8:29 AM on August 6, 2007


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