On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 01:02:56 +0200
Andreas Waechter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Helen wrote:
> > I'm using an HP Deskjet 5550, on good-quality photo paper.
> > My prints lose color in less than a year.
> > Is there a way to prolong the life of a print, other than an
> > extremely expensive giclee printer?
> Just an idea - photo shops (online or real shops) can do 
> prints on real photo paper (the stuff real photos are done 
> with) - for these shops it doesn't matter whether the 
> picture comes from a digital camera or from a graphic 
> program like GIMP.

Here in Australia, prints are about 20-30 cents a copy. To print your own comes 
out at 50-100 cents per copy

I was thinking of doing a Christmas card this year. Could be easily 
personalized with changes to just one layer.

Also, I have made up a couple of test patterns that I send in when I do a batch 
of printing to check the fidelity of printing.

Part of the test pattern are some borders that are say 10, 20 and 40 pixels in. 
You get an idea of how much is chopped off.
Unfortunately the last two lots have come out with the border (and presumeably) 
the whole image, rotated by about one degree.

I can only guess that this is a feed problem with the printer but find it hard 
to beleive that the Agfa print process uses one reel of paper 6inches wide. 
Anyone know how the mass print runs are done in the big photo shops?

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