Broadway Digital created medium- and large-format photographic prints for display in portfolios, homes, businesses and galleries, with such standard frame sizes as 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 also available. Media included a wide range of material, from photo matte and luster papers to museum canvas and fine art papers.
Custom work included scanning negatives and transparencies, reproducing small artworks and restoring old photographs. Using a range of digital imaging tools, we also turned favorite snapshots and portraits into painting-like canvases.
REQUIREMENTS FOR DIGITAL FILES
File and Print Size. Most digital camera images can be enlarged to 8x10 or 11x14 without loss of detail or color definition. Some can be res'd up (given a higher resolution) and printed larger, often up to 24x36. The best candidates for such enlargements are files at least 20 megabytes in size shot at a resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch). Images shot in low light or with lots of shadow detail contain digital noise and often produce such unsatisfactory results as splotches and inaccurate colors.
The highest-quality prints, those with sharp detail and wide color ranges, result from camera files at least 25 megabytes in size and digital scans of transparencies or negatives set at 100 megabytes or higher. Generally, the larger the digital file size and resolution, the better the image quality and the larger the print that can be obtained.
Maximum print size on the Epson 9800 was approximately 44x90 inches.
Image Preparation. We preferred to work with untouched original files and included basic color and tonal corrections at no additional charge. For photographers who preferred making their own adjustments, we tried to maintain the integrity of images they worked on in Photoshop or other editing software. Adjustment levels and layers, even when burning and dodging, should be used to avoid the destruction of pixels. Watery edges, often called haloing or fringing, and other negative effects don't always appear in small prints but become all-too-apparent in large-format prints. It's best to make adjustments on files that have had NO sharpening applied.
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