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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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I want to end up with a black and white, 5X7, suitable for framing. My first attempt was with Costco online (Canada). I chose glossary paper and I don't like the look at all. Too shiny, too dark and a lot of detail in the darker areas was gone. Also, blown out highlights on the cheeks.

The source is a 600 dpi scan, Exif data below, if it helps, of a B&W transparency (think that's the right term). The photograph, of my Dad, was originally published in the Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada) over 50 years ago. I'd like to give my Mom a copy on the upcoming anniversary of my Dad's birthday.

I have the original scan in TIFF format. Before printing, I used GraphicConverter's Levels command to adjust the black and white points and lightened the overall tone just slightly. Then saved to jpeg with a high quality setting (95, I believe). Costco has a tickbox offering to "automatically adjust the colour and brightness" of the photo. I turned that off. Perhaps I should have left it on?

Rather than trial and error, I thought I'd ask for tips on getting a better result.

Craig

Software : Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
File date and time : 2013:01:19 14:59:30
Color Space : Uncalibrated
Valid image width in pixel : 2150
Valid image height in pixel : 2706
Orientation of image : 1
X resolution : 600.0 ppi (pixel per inch)
Y resolution : 600.0 ppi (pixel per inch)
Resolution unit : inch
Color Space : Uncalibrated
Valid image width in pixel : 2150
Valid image height in pixel : 2706
Orientation of image : 1
Resolution unit : inch
Color Space : reserved
Valid image width in pixel : 2150
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 3:16 AM   #2
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I know i tried several printers before i found the one i use now and to be honest you get what you pay for
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Costco does a good job for the general public which generally print only color pictures, not B&W. I would suggest using a photo lab, there are lots of them out there and they do a better job than the Costco and Walmart in store printers.
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try: mpix.com
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 3:23 PM   #5
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try: mpix.com

Liked this part:

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True Black & White Photo Paper: Our matte finish True B&W Photo Paper offers rich black, continuous-tone prints, avoiding any tints of color, for a lifetime.
But shipping to Canada is $30.00!!!

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