Online photo printing

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  1. LTD

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    Looking to have some photos (iPhone) printed using an online service.

    Obviously there are varying providers and prices but who do you use and why ?

    If there isn’t a service that you would recommend, please also advise as that can be just as important!!!
     
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    Ive used my local printers, just taken my usb stick and they print onto proper photo paper, just my two pennies worth :)
     
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    Don’t print them anymore, but used to use those self service instant kiosks in Boots.
    No need to wait ;)
     
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    We always use CEWE Photoworld.

    Great service and value.
     
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    ..and the amazing thing is that its more expensive to print digital images now than to have 35mm film developed and printed.

    That's what I was told, may be BS though :D
     
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    Used free prints via Planet Art

    Very good and just charge postage.

    The website btw is planet art in case you were suspicious about the link :)
     
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    I've had a number of my old (published) works printed onto canvas, about six years ago, various sizes from 12x12 up to 56x28, by snapmad.com - very pleased with the quality: good resolution, true colour, no fading after this time, frames are still perfectly square. Would use again - just need to scan in some more large format slides :)
     
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    Run of the mill stuff : Costco in store printing service . Walk in and done while you wait / look round the store . Pricing very reasonable and quality generally good.

    Important stuff / extra large prints : Loxley Colour in Cumbernauld ( not cheap but very good professional lab ) , once you set up an account you can send stuff online .

    Professional Photo Printing Services | Loxley Colour
     
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    not really on-line though is it? :D
     
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    Costco now have an online service but I think you still have to collect from the branch.
     
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    I know , but Steven , like me , is in Glasgow , so the local branch reasonably handy .
     
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    We regularly use Snapfish including some prints from our wedding, always been good and often have discount codes doing the rounds....
     
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    There are several types of service.

    1) Basic automated mass printing - analogous to the old mass market photo developers and printers
    2) Automated with higher quality papers
    3) Specialists offering paper and canvas and fancy framing - with the option to have them manually adjust your prints

    Loxley have been mentioned - their reputation is based on the specialist type service but they offer lower level services - they get professionals sending them images to put in high quality books or wall art. Their prices are at the higher end and they don't include VAT. If you are in the Central Scotland area they have a showroom and the staff are helpful - so even if you are a consumer if you are looking for something special to be printed then worth a visit.

    Photobox is one I've also used - pretty much OK but colour management not perfect - the automated printing seems to play a bit with contrast, saturation and temperature. The infuriating aspect of their pricing is that it varies significantly if you get stuff printed on a deal - try and get reprints at a time of your choosing and the price may be eye watering.

    Blurb is a bit more upmarket than Photobox when it comes to photo books. They offer a range of papers and you can buy (or at least you used to) a sample pack.

    Costco sit at (1) but they also supply colour profiles for their services - so in principle you should be able to get consistent colour results if you have a calibrated monitor at home.

    I mainly print at home for individual prints up to A3+. I run off batches 6x4 prints for family events. It's not cheap but I prefer being able to control things myself and use a heavier grade lustre paper rather than the 'normal' gloss. I would probably get cheap photobooks done at Photobox or Blurb - and something like a full blown wedding album done at Loxley. Wall art would vary - depending on the sort of media being used -paper or canvas or acrylic bonded or aluminium - or framing/mounting options.
     
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