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    Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 2:23pm
Hi guys, i would like to print out a few of my photos to be framed and hung on my walls i really have no idea about which would be the best quality.

some of the photos are 4288 x 2848 and 240dpi they have been taken on a Nikon D300s which is about a 12megga pixel camera.

I'm guessing A3 would be good and maybe A2 not so good for that size, but the main thing is i really need the best quality print.

any info would be appreciated as i have no clue really

cheers

       Simon.
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Hi Simon,

Zoom in on the image on your computer if you have the software. If it is sharp and in focus at your point of interest then it should be fine at A2. Best thing is to get one test print done first before you commit to all of them being printed. Make sure you use a respectable lab if you go for the A2 size as the quality of the printing will also have a bearing on the final result. If you have photoshop try the unsharp mask filter at 100 % at 0.5 pixels and then again at 20% at 30 pixels which will add a bit of local contrast enhancement which can help when your putting images to print in larger sizes. I will often make a new version in photoshop and then add varying amounts of sharpening and contrast adjustment to sections of the image then have a test print made and analyse which sharpening and contrast worked best for that image.

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Thanks Karl the sharpening technique works a treat the respectable lab is what i must track down though! would be great if i could get a reasonable good print at A2 so i will get some test prints done..

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Hi Simon, are you a photographer?? which printer are you using for printing right now? If you wish to get print of your photographs on canvas then you may visit my signature link. Hope this will help you.

All the best!

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hey luik thanks for the post, it's not so much on canvas but to print to the best standard so i can hang a few photos.

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I have had one of my photos printed from Whitewall recently as a test print. The print came back and is slightly darker than what i see on my screen and the colours are more saturated.
I am using a Macbook Pro and the screen has been calibrated. I have read about the screen being too bright if your prints come out too dark so i have adjusted the brightness but what i see on my screen still doesnt look like the print. The only way i can get my screen to nearly match the print is to tilt the screen so far back at an angle. So would i be better doing this and then adjusting the RAW files like this? Its very annoying especially if my screen is calibrated.
Can any Mac users please help if they get any of the same problems if they are using an online printer.

Many thanks
Nick
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