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Help on proprietory print size

Hi everyone ,been in hospital so not posting much and now I need help.Normally I print my own shots at home however I took a lot of shots of new grandaughter before falling ill and family want some copies and I have decided easiest way is to print them at Jessops or some other quick print place.My question is whats the optimum size and dpi you would use for 6 by 4 prints.I know I should know this but I am not sure any help appreciated.I use Lightroom & CS4 to prepare for print.
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

For 'photographic' printing rather than Giclee (inkjet) I would use 300 pixels per inch.
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

Sometimes they give you a hint on their web sites. In the absence of that I would go for 300dpi. Beware that they may well crop the edges of the print, and furthermore the 4/3 image should be 6 x 4.5 inches, so you will lose bits of the "sides" if you see what I mean.

I would probably pre-crop my pictures to 6x4 format so I can dictate whats in the picture

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Re: Help on proprietory print size

Thanks for that David & Pete I'll do them at 300dpi then and crop
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

If you use Photobox they do print to 6 by 4.5 paper and so do not crop a standard 4/3rds image

They also do a shrink to fit so regardless of how you have cropped the image they will print it such that it is not distorted or further cropped to best fit the paper size of your choice leaving you with two white margins.

The other advantage of Photobox is that you do not have to go outside of your house.
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

Excellent.Thanks for that.
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

I agree with Derek Photobox are excellent, you can even see where the photo will crop as they mark the crop area on the thumbnail of all images before finishing the order, beauty is that you can move the photo within the crop area very easily before pressing the submit button
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

If you use the Shrink to fit option in Photobox then the whole of your image is contained with the format of the chosen paper size.
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

What's more if you upload by 4.00 pm the prints will almost certainly arrive on your door mat the following day
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Re: Help on proprietory print size

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My question is whats the optimum size and dpi you would use for 6 by 4 prints.
6" x 4" at 300ppi (not dpi) will give the best results. As this resolution is just over 2M pixels you may as well just go for the best quality (taking for granted you are using a camera with more than 2M pixels )

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