You guys remember this awesome comic book, right? Basically, its Adam Strange in Mexico. I wanted it as the focal point in the nursery, so I made it big.
I ordered it from Poster Burner. I've read millions of reviews, round-ups, etc. for photo printing...but I just found these guys by google search, and the price was right: 36"x54" is $60.99 and 48"x72" is $80.99. I went with 54" with the idea that if it was quality I'd buy the 72" one because I had originally figured I'd spend at least $150 on the print. In the end, I don't think I can go much bigger based on where the doors are....
How did I digitize? I debated long and hard about taking it for a high res scan....and then I just put it on the deck and took a picture of it on a sunny day. I cropped the deck and my feet off, upped the saturation a tiny bit, and hit buy. I took the pic with my DSLR, so it is a big file size--however, the Poster Burner site says they will work with any size image and can resize/fix too small images so the print isn't grainy.
The poster is very "movie poster" feeling--thick, almost vinyl, and a little glossy (No, I can't do any better than this photo....think card stock thick but a vinyl material). But I think that is good since I'd prefer not to go with a traditional frame. It is "framed" with the Poster Hanger. I wish I had thought about this before I ordered the print, because PosterBurner told me that the image size was better at 37" wide and I was like "you guys are awesome"...but then it was a little wider than the standard framing option. This is the 40" poster hanger.
|(this is probably the most accurate color-wise...the photos were a little dark and the quick "enhance" made them more saturated than the nursery really is.)|
I like that the imperfections in the comic remain, like the water mark.
Only complaints--it wrinkles a little easier than anticipated. I left it out on the dining room table and it got moved on top of something so there is a little wrinkle/divet. Also, Poster Burner says that it is SUPER FAST...but it is just OK. It took a little over a week with standard shipping.
So, the project was $30 for comic via ebay, $60 for the print and $20 for frame. I sort of want giant comics everywhere, but I'm practicing restraint (I kinda really love vintage comic graphics...the crazier the better). And 72" for $80? Hang that baby landscape behind a sofa. Now you just have to figure out what to blow up (since some of you might not love comics as much as I do). Postcards, foreign currency, vintage playing cards...something awesome you wish was bigger. This guy takes pictures of pictures (in museums):
Or maybe a vacation photo? Time to buy a wide angle lens.