Pretty much every client I have ever worked with has asked me this question and a few weeks ago I promised to give you a little assistance when it came to printing your images. So here it is, my lovelies.
This week I did a little experimenting. (Think of me in a lab coat...like Beaker from the Muppets).
I took one of my images and printed it out in six different places.
The results were…well let’s say, interesting.
I’m not going to overcomplicate this by talking about hue and saturation and all the technical stuff. I’m just going to give it to you in plain boring English.
Oh and just to be fair to everyone, the quality of all of these prints was much better in real life. The scanner dramatically reduced the quality of the images but they give you the general idea.
And these are the results.
Yup...they really are that varied!
1. Professional Print Lab
And it did. It is pretty damn close to my original image. The colours are accurate and the quality of the print is excellent. I’ve included it just so we have something to compare the others to.
But, let’s face it, not everyone can access a professional print lab so where else can you go and what can you expect?
Cost of print - 15p. Delivery £2.99
This isn’t too bad. The image is darker than my original and the little man looks pretty ginger, which he isn’t, but the quality of the print is good and all things considered I wasn’t too disappointed with this.
Cost of print - 48p
I used the print machine in my local store and well… this is grim. It has a distinctly yellow tinge to the whole image. The quality of the paper isn’t terribly great either. It feels pretty cheap and looks bad. Sorry Boots!
Cost of print - 49p
Well there’s a bit of a story with this one. I did this online for collect in an hour. I trundled up to the big Tesco (in the snow no less – proper commitment to the task) and when I arrived the rather lovely printer man apologized profusely but admitted that there was a problem with the printers.
So instead I was directed to the print it yourself machine where he let me print free of charge for all my hassle.
And to be honest the colours aren’t that far off being accurate, perhaps a slight ginger tinge but nothing overly dramatic. He looks a little pink but on the whole this isn’t bad. There is, however, a feint line running down the print all the way along it which isn’t great and I’m a perfectionist so, for me, this didn’t cut the mustard.
Cost of print - 17p (I got a 15% off discount code with my first order - 3p off. Woo hoo!) Delivery £1.99
This brightness of this print is definitely closer to my original. There is a hint of ginger to his hair. The quality of the paper is better than the print it yourself machines but not as quite as good as Photobox.
Cost of print - 49p
This was another print it yourself machine and I assumed that the results would be similar to the other two…but actually for a print machine this was ok. The whites are a touch dark but he doesn’t look ginger. There is a distinct pink tint to the whole image and the quality of the paper still isn’t as great as Photobox, but this was a decent effort.
So basically, I’m going with Truprint for the win and Photobox as a decent second.
Out of the machines, Morrisons was the best but to be honest I’d never recommend getting prints (especially special ones) from any of the machines.
When you’ve presumably spent a lot of money getting photographs done you at least want to spend a little ensuring that your prints reflect what the image is meant to look like.
And that’s you, I have nagged you about printing and now I’ve given you a nudge towards where to print. Go forth and print with confidence lovely people.