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First prints!

I just set up an account at WHCC and I am going to be ordering my test prints. I crop almost everything to 5x7 or 4x6 and I sharpen everything for web. Does this mean I am going to have to start all over and reedit to get good 8x10's that are not over sharp? How can you tell what a good sharpness is for printing?

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I just got my test prints back yesterday from WHCC.

I crop to 5X7 usually, so I had to go back to my RAW file and crop and edit for print. I did an USM layer to the picture but I when I got my prints yesterday they are all so soft Sad I guess it looks GREAT on the computer as a small web file, but printed at 8x10 it really showed my flaws. I was actually suprised the color is pretty close. Makes me wonder why I feel like they are so off everywhere else...

Any who, my ramblings say start over. You don't want to use a small web size file to print an 8x10 and you also will get some funky cropping if you try to re-crop that 5x7.

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Jennifer, or anyone for that matter, what do you do when you say "edit for print"? Is there something generic that you do for ALL prints, that you could almost do a batch process for? The only way I have printed anything out so far is just from Snapfish for snap shots. I haven't really tried to print out anything that I was TRYING to do good on.

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Speaking for myself ...

when I process my images, I process for print first. I get them like I want and then I save at the highest resolution possible.

Then I 'finish' my processing by shrinking them down and sharpening for web use. Then I'll save again in a 'web only' folder.

In general, the images I upload are of a smaller resolution and are shapened more than I would use for print. I always go back to my RAW file if I need a print in another size (rather than trying to resize a jpg).

HTH,
GiGi

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"acarbo99" wrote:

Speaking for myself ...

when I process my images, I process for print first. I get them like I want and then I save at the highest resolution possible.

Then I 'finish' my processing by shrinking them down and sharpening for web use. Then I'll save again in a 'web only' folder.

In general, the images I upload are of a smaller resolution and are shapened more than I would use for print. I always go back to my RAW file if I need a print in another size (rather than trying to resize a jpg).

HTH,
GiGi

Thanks, that's kinda what I was thinking I needed to do. Normally I never print any of my pics cause they are just for me LOL, but I have decided that I need to hang some on the walls :D.

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I would re-edit for sure. I had one picture come back soft and it was so disappointing. It only looked the tinsiest bit soft on my computer, but super soft in print. Lesson learned!

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i just got some prints back from mpix and they look good! i just ordered some more that i'll be getting next Monday or Tuesday! I'm excited Biggrin I usually edit in ACR then open my file in PS do my last bit of processing there and then sharpen for print and save into a *PRINT* folder. Then go back, undo the sharpen for print, resize for web, sharpen for web (which is always so much sharper than the print one), and save in a *WEB* folder. I never print out the web ones. Just the ones I have in my PRINT folder. I just started ordering prints actually. Why I haven't done it before? beats me. I've always had bad luck using different printers but mpix is wonderful!! I am going to get set up with WHCC once I am back in Norway since I have my external monitor there and they do deliver internationally (mpix doesn't Sad ).

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I do the same thing Gigi does.

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"EL2" wrote:

I do the same thing Gigi does.

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I run MCP's high definition action for printing now. After getting back some 8x10s that were soft (when they shouldn't have been), I decided for any print larger than 5x7 that I'd sharpen for printing. I like MCP's action (it's free) and I play with the opacity if I feel like it's over the top. But most of the time, when you sharpen for print, it looks like it will be too sharp but it's really just the way it looks on the screen to get it right for print.

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Gwen, I downloaded that action after your suggestion and I can't get it to work. I know I downloaded the version for PSE 8, but it does nothing Sad

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I just wanted to let you ladies know that I got my test prints today and that are FANTASTIC!!! I actually didn't have 5 photos that I thought were great photos, so some of them had issues, but I could tell that the printing quality was great and spot on accurate to what I see on my screen.
Can't wait to order more!

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That's so neat about your prints!! I do exactly what GiGi does too....I do any and all adjustments on the full-size and THEN if I want to post the pic online, I resize and sharpen and watermark. I have "code names" for my different edits so I know exactly what I did to each photo (for instance, I add "fx" to the filename if I did any color or exposure adjustments or other effects), and all the ones that have "sm" at the end of the filename are my "small" ones for web.

Also, for sizes to print, I always crop them myself first and save each as a separate file. It's too risky if you leave them for the photolab's programs to crop them. So I crop each to whatever size I want and save it with that size in the filename as a separate file.