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p.1 #1 · costco printing


my pictures looks great in cs6 but when printing at the local costco...the prints have a brown tint to them....what is wrong? help please...thanks


Dec 18, 2012 at 05:22 AM
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p.1 #2 · costco printing


Costco has an option called "Auto Correct" when ordering in store. If you do not uncheck this option your photo will be corrected as to how their system thinks it should look. Not sure if this is the case when uploading to the Costco Photo site. I would assume it's the same.

I haven't had any with a brown tint but, I have had a few that are way darker/lighter than what my calibrated monitor shows when I have forgotten to uncheck "Auto Correct". Keep in mind the monitors at Costco are not calibrated.

Hope this helps.

Pat



Dec 18, 2012 at 05:56 AM
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p.1 #3 · costco printing


Make sure you download the printer profiles for the Costco you are using and convert your images to that profile drycreek link below
http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

Ray Still



Dec 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
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p.1 #4 · costco printing


yes, i uncheck the autocorrect..still gets bad results


Dec 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #5 · costco printing


Like I said very simple solution download the printer profiles for the costco store you print at from drycreek. Switch between srgb adobe 1998 and the costco printer profile and you will see the difference it's a very simple solution don't make it harder on yourself than it is

Ray Still



Dec 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
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p.1 #6 · costco printing


Is your monitor profiled? What is the light source your monitor is in? What light are you examining the photos in? These along with other factors determine how we perceive color.


Dec 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · costco printing


My prints come out great from Costco,...monitor is calibrated upload via ICC profile turn off auto check, look very very close to my monitor and I am happy.

John



Dec 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #8 · costco printing


mrdinh wrote:
my pictures looks great in cs6 but when printing at the local costco...the prints have a brown tint to them....what is wrong? help please...thanks


something was not right on their printer. they should reprint for you at no extra charge.



Dec 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
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mshi wrote:
something was not right on their printer. they should reprint for you at no extra charge.


That's right, and they will reprint for nothing.



Dec 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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mr.jboy wrote:
That's right, and they will reprint for nothing.


Costco always gets my business because their customer service really rocks.



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p.1 #11 · costco printing


Thank you for the Costco printer profiles


Dec 21, 2012 at 04:25 AM
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p.1 #12 · costco printing


Just like any monitor, a printer's color profiles (based on paper-type) need updating on regular schedules. Costco constantly updates each of its printer's ICC based paper for each of their locations a few times a year. Make sure you always check and download the most recent ones for the printers/papers that you'll use.


Dec 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM
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mshi wrote:
Costco always gets my business because their customer service really rocks.



+1
I have used Costco for years to print all my collages and prints. Even if its my mistake they will trade out,refund or reprint for free.. Customer service is awesome



Dec 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #14 · costco printing


I don't know if this will help but here's a blog about using Costco that was useful to me the first time I used Costco. http://photsy.com/blog/?p=457

I've only had two prints made at Costco, one color and one b&w. The color was excellent (I didn't download the Dry Creek profiles, I actually didn't know that outfit was still around, they never made the profiles I paid them $50 to make and never returned my money). The b&w wasn't all that good but it may have been my negative.



Dec 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
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I've been battling with problems using Costco lately as well. I finally ended having them printed at a different Costco and they came out great. Went back to the original one again and most of the prints were fine however one 8x10 looked too dark. When I compared the print to the image on my monitor, it was clearly processed too dark. I've used this store in the past with no problems. Go figure!


Dec 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
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cbrenkus wrote:
mshi wrote:
Costco always gets my business because their customer service really rocks.


+1
I have used Costco for years to print all my collages and prints. Even if its my mistake they will trade out,refund or reprint for free.. Customer service is awesome
[/quote

Yes there customer service is excellent and when you compare price to performance it is a win win situation!



Dec 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM
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p.1 #17 · costco printing


getting prints from commercial printers is hit and miss. At best. One can proof print (smaller version) to see how it would come out first before the big one, but that of course it would add on the cost.
BTW, if you print your self, the process would be the same. You keep on printing until lyou get it right



Dec 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
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p.1 #18 · costco printing


I've had great success with Costco prints thru 11X14's...however, when you order larger
they'll use a different printer. Due to several hit and miss orders (it's ~30 miles each way)
it's just easier for me to use Bay Photo thru SmugMug and have it right the 1st time. YMMV



Dec 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
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p.1 #19 · costco printing


Ray Still wrote:
Make sure you download the printer profiles for the Costco you are using and convert your images to that profile drycreek link below
http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

Ray Still


Just to be clear....the profiles you get from Dry Creek are NOT to be assigned as color space for your photos....they are SOFT PROOFING PROFILES, which are used to VIEW your photo in Photoshop, or Lightroom, or Aperture, and then color correct/contrast/etc....you STILL need to send them ONLY files with sRGB color space embedded...many people make this mistake....I didn't want the OP to be confused on that point...

Bottom line, you MUST calibrate and profile your display as a baseline....i use a Spyder 3 pro on a Dell Ultrasharp display, and my display matches perfectly the prints i get from costco, adorama, millers, etc. The ICC profiles you get a Dry Creek aren't monitor profiles either....just to be clear.....

One more thing, make sure to tell them to print only on whatever printer that proofing profile is built for....for example, the costco near me has a Noritsu, and a Fuji Frontier....They don't profile the Frontier, only the Noritsu...and by default any images that are selected "do not auto-correct" are sent to the Noritsu....BUT, your costco may be different, so talk to the staff there and make sure....



Dec 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
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p.1 #20 · costco printing


You need to follow the Kosher way of doing it here:

http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/using_printer_profiles.htm



Dec 29, 2012 at 06:58 AM





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