Poster prints and Photo prints? Whats the diff?


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windforce

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Hi all

Just wanna ask some stuff abt printing.

Coz when i'm printing like posters ill normally go to Sunshine plaza there to print posters. The rate is sth like $10 for A1 with lamination. I also see ppl printing photos there like in the sizes of A3+++

N there is this conventional photo printing with 4R 5R or wadeva. i'm kinda confused with this 2 types of prints. Becoz like the poster printing ones seems to be alot cheaper than the 4R kind of prints.

Anyone who understands this please help to explain? searched the forums but no really good explaination. sry if i'm asking the obvious.
 

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ok I try to give it a shot

Photo prints, those you get from the photolab, are basically chemical prints on either matt or gloss paper. The quality is good but you are restricted by the inks and papers available.

For poster prints, the quality can differ greatly depending on your budget and usage. Whether the print is for indoor or outdoor display (exposure to daylight), paper used and ink used. If you use a HP large format the prices is much cheaper than using Epson. Though Epson boost photo archival quality, it must combine with archival grade paper and canvas as well. The combinations can be endless. If you want wall sized prints, you can just print A1 on gloss and do a matt lamination. Depending on where you hang your print (light conditions), the fading will occur at different pace.
 

windforce

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ok I try to give it a shot

Photo prints, those you get from the photolab, are basically chemical prints on either matt or gloss paper. The quality is good but you are restricted by the inks and papers available.

For poster prints, the quality can differ greatly depending on your budget and usage. Whether the print is for indoor or outdoor display (exposure to daylight), paper used and ink used. If you use a HP large format the prices is much cheaper than using Epson. Though Epson boost photo archival quality, it must combine with archival grade paper and canvas as well. The combinations can be endless. If you want wall sized prints, you can just print A1 on gloss and do a matt lamination. Depending on where you hang your print (light conditions), the fading will occur at different pace.
alright thanks

ill probably try to do a few print outs and see how they last n look after sometime.
 

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One is photographic paper coated with light sensitive material, images are projected on the paper via laser (digital) or conventional lens (film), the print need to reveal the images thru chimerical processing.

the other is using color ink print the image onto paper, commonly done by large format inkjet printer or color laser printer

hence the price different.
 

windforce

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One is photographic paper coated with light sensitive material, images are projected on the paper via laser (digital) or conventional lens (film), the print need to reveal the images thru chimerical processing.

the other is using color ink print the image onto paper, commonly done by large format inkjet printer or color laser printer

hence the price different.
oh ok... that made things very clear

but in terms of durability and quality? i suppose those on the photographic paper is better?
 

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