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Nov 01, 2014 10:38 |  #1

Anyone have any suggestions on where to get a calendar printed? I'm looking for a monthly calendar with a photo for each month. I've used MPIX in the past, but last year they switched paper and I thought what I got back was pretty crummy looking. Considering Bay Photo this year, but just wondered if anyone else had some thoughts. Thanks.


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Nov 01, 2014 11:00 |  #2

Lulu.com has done a good job for me. They have nice, premium-sized calendars printed on nice sturdy stock - that should fit your needs. A tad pricey, but then again, quality always is pricey.

http://www.lulu.com/cr​eate/books#calendar (external link)
Just go to "calendars" and click on "Premium 13.5x19"

One note, Lulu's calibration has always resulted in very, very dark, over-saturated, overly contrasty images. So I re-edit anything I upload to them. In my re-edits, I make the images about a stop and a half lighter than they should be. I also decrease the saturation by about 10%, and brighten the darks by an additional half stop. This usually results in a proper-looking print from Lulu. They don't do any printing in-house, and they claim to farm out the printing to a number of different labs they work with. So, they told me there's nothing they will do to correct the problem; I just have to keep re-editing my images and hope for the best.

And no, the problem is not my monitor, or a calibration issue, the problem is on Lulu's end; all other places I get prints and photo-related products from work just fine with my images (even when I turn color correction to "off"). But the size and quality of their calendars is something I simply can't find anywhere else online, so it's worth the extra hassles.


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"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Nov 01, 2014 20:06 |  #3

Hmmm... so why are you using a service that requires you to do a lot of extra guess work?




  
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Nov 01, 2014 20:08 |  #4

I hate Vistaprint, but their calendars have always left me satisfied. Leaves a nice profit margin as well for me. Get lucky with 50% off and good to go.


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Nov 01, 2014 21:43 |  #5

Tony_Stark wrote in post #17246507 (external link)
I hate Vistaprint, but their calendars have always left me satisfied. Leaves a nice profit margin as well for me. Get lucky with 50% off and good to go.

That must put you in a quandary then..using something you hate..;)


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Nov 01, 2014 22:05 |  #6

digirebelva wrote in post #17246671 (external link)
That must put you in a quandary then..using something you hate..;)

I hate their business cards and most of their products are cheap and crap quality. Their calendars are awesome though, go figure. Same could be said for alot of things...


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Nov 02, 2014 01:02 |  #7

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #17246499 (external link)
Hmmm... so why are you using a service that requires you to do a lot of extra guess work?

I thought I already made that clear when I said:

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17245601 (external link)
. . .the size and quality of their calendars is something I simply can't find anywhere else online, so it's worth the extra hassles.

Why did you ask when I already gave my reason? Don't you read posts carefully before writing a reply?

Anyway, I will expound on the reasoning I gave:

Ever since PhotoWorks got bought out, Lulu is the only company I have been able to find that offers decently sized calendars printed on heavy stock. All other calendars I've found online are small and/or have cheapish quality.

Do you know of any other companies offering 13.5" by 19" (or bigger) printed-to-order calendars made from your own uploaded images, that offer a variety of design options and a variety of templates, for around $20? If so, please tell me - I would love to have another, better, option, one that prints correctly and doesn't leave any guesswork to me.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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