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Feb 21, 2017 14:04 |  #1

Hello everyone!

I am in a rush to get some 8x10s printed for this weekend. How does the Costco Photo Center do? I am so tired of how terrible Target/Walgreens is! I've had amazing luck with Shutterfly (online) but I need these prints within a day or so. I just wanted to see what you all have experienced with the color/quality of the Costco prints.

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Feb 21, 2017 14:09 |  #2

I've abandoned home printing of anything 8x10" or larger, in favor of getting prints (at less cost than home printing) from Costco. I only print at home for the quicky 4x6" or 5x7", but very rarely 8x10.


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Feb 21, 2017 14:10 |  #3

Wilt wrote in post #18280643 (external link)
I've abandoned home printing of anything 8x10" or larger, in favor of getting prints (at less cost than home printing) from Costco.

That's good to know. I found an article that says to turn off AutoCorrect and order on Lustre to make sure they are better. We'll see!

Any other success stories?


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Feb 21, 2017 14:13 |  #4

Much prefer photosensitive paper chemical processed vs. inkjet...I hope they have not changed that, but they did quit printing at my closest Costco and do all work only thru another outlet that is not so convenient for me, for whatever reason.

but, yes, I never would have Autocorrect!


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Feb 21, 2017 14:15 |  #5

Trevor04GT wrote in post #18280636 (external link)
Hello everyone!

I am in a rush to get some 8x10s printed for this weekend. How does the Costco Photo Center do? I am so tired of how terrible Target/Walgreens is! I've had amazing luck with Shutterfly (online) but I need these prints within a day or so. I just wanted to see what you all have experienced with the color/quality of the Costco prints.

Thanks!

-Trevor

I have been happy with Costco. We use them for anything greater than 13x19, otherwise I print those at home for less money. I have used Costco to do metal prints, and they come out very good too. Be sure to always check all your photo items there at the lab when you pick them up however, so you have a 2nd set of eyes there if something is wrong. They do prints there, but other things get subbed out and shipped back.

Also, if you have a Sams Club or Walmart, many of them use the Frontier printers, which produce great prints. You could check with them as well. I think there are fewer and fewer large scale commercial printers left though, so the systems may not vary as much these days.


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Feb 21, 2017 14:15 |  #6

I too have given up on printing at home and use Costco almost exclusively. For snapshot type of prints I just leave the "auto" flag checked but for ones I really want to get right I'll adjust based on their printer profile and have gotten really good results. You can visit THIS (external link) link and look up your costco and load the appropriate printer profile


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Feb 21, 2017 15:17 |  #7

I have done many hundreds of prints at Costco. They do an awesome job and the costs are really low. The labs in Canada are actually run by a professional lab on the west coast and there is a lot of controlled automation and professional equipment located at the Costco sites that have photo centers. If you know what you are doing with respect to ICC Color Profiles, then you can download a precise Color Profile for the printer at your Costco chosen location. You can upload a an image converted to that profile in Photoshop. Just be sure to turn OFF Costco Auto Correction box in the online order you place. If you are unable or unwilling to mess with precise color and profiles you can just convert your uploadable file to sRGB format and the prints will come out pretty close.
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Feb 21, 2017 15:34 |  #8

I don't try to compete with Costco's $500,000 printers or their $3 price for great 12X18" Lustre prints, so I don't try to. I can upload files at 1AM & pick up the prints at 10AM, which is fast enough to make me happy, & I don't have to think about maintenance.
The people at my Costco are excellent, & have been for 7 years. In my case, they're faster, cheaper, & every bit as good as the pro lab that I used for decades. OTOH, there have been a (very) few mentioned in the forum that don't make the grade.

As for my local pro lab that I used for 30 years & paid for most of their new wing, they want two days normal processing, 10 times the price, & won't provide a printer profile. I'll only use them again when they can provide something that Costco can't.

Each store has their own profile, & they're updated about once a year. Mine does it in the Fall. OTOH, I forgot the profile once & the 2nd profiled print came looking the same! Just lucky that my color space was the same as their profile, I guess. I asked them & they said that they've noticed that there wasn't much difference, either.
If you use Image> Mode / Convert to profile, uncheck the ICC profile box at the bottom when you File> "Save As".
DO NOT use the Fast Upload option, unless you like having your file size reduced by 95%
Don't use the mail option, as Costco doesn't print those.
Turn Autocorrect off. It's just before clicking on "Place Order" at the end.
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Feb 21, 2017 17:02 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post |  #9

If you have a Costco near you. I live well over and hour from any Costco's


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Feb 21, 2017 17:20 |  #10

wysiwyg59 wrote in post #18280860 (external link)
If you have a Costco near you. I live well over and hour from any Costco's

Yeah, I live well over an hour away, too, but I still use them...just not every day.. But, the prints (so far) are for my personal use so no big rush to see them...if i wanted them quicker I'd maybe use an online processor...or maybe not. ;)


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Feb 21, 2017 20:56 |  #11

Well! Good news! I picked up the prints (I ordered a 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 Lustre). I ordered all of the sizes because the 4x6 was $.17 and the 5x7 was like $.49. I got out of there for under $2.50 for three beautiful prints. The Lustre is a 100% have-to-have. I'm very impressed with it. I still think shutterfly did a better job, but for these prices, you cannot beat it!


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Feb 21, 2017 21:11 |  #12

Great prices! I print at home, and have my total costs these days for 13x19 at right around $1.00 or so. If I have a bunch to print, I upload them to Costco or Sams Club, I don't want the time it takes to set them all up for print, but if I need a few here and there, I print myself. It is nice having options!


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Feb 21, 2017 22:52 |  #13

I am lucky enough to live less than 5 minutes from Costco and use their printing all the time. The only issue I have is that sometimes they are a bit to warm. I have a calibrated monitor and turn off their auto-correct. If it isn't too much extra and you don't have time to reprint if you don't like them, you may consider printing 2-3 versions and using the one you like best.




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Feb 21, 2017 22:54 |  #14

mike_d wrote in post #18281186 (external link)
I am lucky enough to live less than 5 minutes from Costco and use their printing all the time. The only issue I have is that sometimes they are a bit to warm. I have a calibrated monitor and turn off their auto-correct. If it isn't too much extra and you don't have time to reprint if you don't like them, you may consider printing 2-3 versions and using the one you like best.

Do you use their color printer profile? Calibrating your monitor is not enough.


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Feb 21, 2017 22:56 |  #15

gjl711 wrote in post #18281187 (external link)
Do you use their color printer profile? Calibrating your monitor is not enough.

I do not as I don't know which printer the job will run on. I've been told that using the wrong custom profile is worse than using none.




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