Orange Juice, ETC

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Oversized Black and White Posters

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Ever since I came across this DIY project for over-sized photo prints I have wanted to try it with some of our photos. We finally gave it a shot this year for Christmas gifts and they turned out even better than we had imagined.

It was somewhat of a challenge to convince the man at Staples of what we really wanted. He explained to us that these would not be high quality photos and we assured him that we were aware of the printing quality. Yes, these can only be printed black and white. Yes, they are somewhat grainy. Yes, the paper is thin and wrinkles easily.

Regardless, didn’t they turn out beautifully? Of course it helps that Elias takes a mean photo, but these are less about the photo quality and more about the impressive size of the print. The best part is that these cost under $10. These prints would be gorgeous on the wall above a couch, above the headboard of a bed, any space that needs filling really. Now if only we had more wall space…

A quick tip: If you decide you’d like to get one of these made with your own photo, we highly recommend that you treat the first print as a test run. A little experimentation is required to dial in the print. We discovered that since the print quality is low, and the printer was intended for blueprints, not photos, the shadow details really close up in the darker parts of the print. Elias had to put a curves layer on each photo in Photoshop and brighten each one significantly to get them to look right in the final print.

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17 Responses

  1. They look amazing!

  2. Thanks Chris!

  3. Oh my goodness! They are awesome! I saw the post on A Beautiful Mess, but your post is what’s making me think I should try it myself. Beautiful pictures, Elias!

  4. Andrea

     /  January 21, 2013

    Love love LOVE!!!

  5. you guys should sell these! I would definitely buy one!! I think the first is my favorite, but they’re each incredible.

  6. Thanks all! Katie, I think we will try selling some of these and see how it goes. We are waiting to get a few more printed.

  7. Just came over here from Emmadime because a blog name like “Orange Juice” is too good not to click through to. : ) Love what you’ve done with these prints! My husband and I recently made a round one to hang in our bedroom and were so impressed with the project overall. I love the Internet for inspiration on stuff like this, truly.

  8. Thanks for visiting Shanna! Do you have a picture of your round print on your blog? I would love to see it, I have not yet seen a round version of this project, sounds awesome!

  9. Oh my goodness me! Those are breathtaking. Wow.

  10. I absolutely love your blog. The pictures, the design, incredible. Can’t wait to keep following!

  11. Love ’em! <3

  12. Absolutely gorgeous…

  13. Carrie

     /  July 7, 2013

    I love all of these! Did you get to determine the border size for each?

  14. Yes we did. It took some trial and error, but once we figured out the final size of the prints we just added a border in Photoshop and then had the files printed off.

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