@ Bill’s Camera – professional
1- I think this place was one out of the 5 places with the better image although the color wasn’t very close to the original. The color of the water was more darker on the blue side but the skin complexion is more true to the real life than the rest of them. The paper quality is the not as great as Print Lab and Walgreen.
2- I’d print at this place again in the future due to its inexpensiveness, flexibility, and the style of printing: C-print.
3- The adjustment I’d make is to reduce the blue and tone up the white balance a bit.
1- Costco gives a good quality image in terms of color but the paper quality is okay, thinner than Print Lab and Walgreen.
2- It’s the cheapest of all 5 so I’d print again at this place.
3- I like the tone in this image the most. But it looks a little under saturate so I’d dial up the blacks a little.
@ Print Lab
1- The quality of the paper is the best out of 5. I don’t like the the color much because it looks saturated. The water is very crystal blue and the skin complexion is pale.
2- This is the most costly out of 5 and business hour is not very convenient. But I’d print this place again if they make it more flexible.
3- The adjustment I’d make is to bring down the saturation by adjusting the black and shadows.
1- The print quality is good but I do not like the overall color. It appears too yellow somehow. But the paper quality is nearly great as Print Lab.
2- I’m not sure if I like to print here although it’s only 3 minutes from my house. Of all the 5 images, this is the only image has a strange yellow-ish, green-ish skin complexion.
3- I’d adjust the vibrance level and probably the temp.
1- Walmart has the average quality print. The skin complexion is way too pale but I like the color of the water. The paper quality is thin like Costco’s.
2- This place would be my last resort. But if I need to print out last minute, this place would be my best option because I can get my prints immediately plus it’s the second cheapest besides Costco.
3- I’d adjust the contrast to make the skin a little darker.
Locations of printing
Top Row (left to right): Bill’s Camera, Costco, CPP Print Lab
Bottom Row (left to right): Walgreens, Walmart
Where was the best quality print?
While all of them were printed on pretty sturdy paper, I think the best quality print was from Walgreens. The colors, highlights, and shadows were similar to the digital file as viewed on my laptop, and the print was crisp and not pixelated, though the picture was cropped in a little more than the original jpeg file. The only thing I did not like was the paper type since it was glossy and not luster.
Like the Walgreens one, both the prints from Bill’s Camera and Costco were printed on glossy paper, but neither were as bright nor as saturated. The prints from the CPP Print Lab and Walmart were closer in exposure to the digital file compared to the prints from Bill’s Camera and Costco, but the colors were not as accurate as the Walgreens one. However, they were on luster paper, which I prefer.
Where will you print in the future? What adjustments will you need to make?
I think I will print at the CPP Print Lab. The luster paper that they used has a nice surface quality, and the image itself was neither cropped nor pixelated like it was in the Walgreens print. Since the colors were not as accurate as the Walgreens version, I would have to lower the saturation and/or vibrancy a little bit. I would also have to lighten up the shadows because they printed darker than I expected.
The list of locations that I printed were Target, Walmart, CVS, CPP Print Lab, and Claremont Photo. The best quality print was at Claremont Photo and the CPP Print Lab. I will print at Claremont Photo, the CPP Print Lab, and any other professional place.
Locations: Fedex/Kinkos, Walmart, UPS, Office Depot, Printing Works
Best Quality prints: the best ones in order of print, Printing works, Walmart, Fedex I will print probably at fedex or Walmart and if I Have time Printing works.
Adjustments would just be lighting up the image and maybe playing with the brightness and contrast.
3. Cal Poly Art Print Lab, Walgrens, Walmart, Costco, Bill’s Camera
4. The best quality print was the professional printing one, at Bill’s Camera, because the colors are more similar to the original file.
5. Costco and Walmart also have good printing and I might print there because of the cost. The editing will just need to push more the highlights and maybe less contrast since the object on the photo seems a little bit darker on these prints compared to the original file. I also liked the Cal Poly Art Print Lab. I would just add more the contrast and adjust the highlights since I feel that the print was kind of light. But overall the paper is good quality and and it is very convenient since it’s at school, so I might print there my future projects.
3. Locations: CVS, CPP Copy n Mail, Rite Aid, Claremont Photo, Staples
4. The Best quality: Claremont Photo
5. I will print at CVS in the future, and I will have to adjust the vibrancy and or contrast.