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Kathy L. Pollick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/14/2005
 

Perfect Touch photographs


I had some pictures developed the other day. I had them sent out to a lab (2 day) and selected the "Perfect Touch" option by Kodak, which the store suggested. Got my 36 prints back & the bill (w/a CD) was $17.00. Yowza... seemed a bit steep by me. Pix were ok. But I forgot to tell them I wanted a matte finish & got that shiny stuff. I don't care for the shiny pictures. Is one better than the other or is it simply preference? Was also wondering if the perfect touch was worth the money or just do the editing myself on the computer?


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9/2/2005 8:35:49 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I am not familiar with "Perfect Touch" although I have seen it advertised.

I know what you mean about the matte finish. Back when Moses and I were kids and I processed my own B&W I dried my prints upside down (with the print side facing the canvas) so I wouldn't get a glossy finish.


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9/2/2005 8:55:37 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Personal preference. I prefer glossy. To each his/her own. Wasn't there a box on the envelope to check Gloss/Matte finish? Maybe "Perfect Touch" is glossy only.

I use Perfect Touch all the time (dropped off at local Target). ~$8.50 for a roll of 24(25) and 2 sets of prints. I don't get the CD, it's either $5 or $8 extra for mid/low res images.


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9/2/2005 10:19:36 AM

 
Kathy L. Pollick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/14/2005
  Didn't notice any box, as I hadn't sent pictures out in years. Walmart usually does the 1 hour for me & fills out the envelope. But as these were wedding pix, I wanted a little something extra done to them. I will maybe get extras printed & request matte for that. Do you notice much of a difference in the perfect touch & the regular's? Do you feel it's worth the extra bucks? I don't know why I don't like the glossy. I think cause sometimes you get a glare & they can be hard to view. I also think the matte sometimes has a brighter color to them. I don't know. Probably just all in my head instead of on the pictures...lol.


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9/2/2005 10:43:58 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   The color is the same. It is just a personal preference thing. One thing though, if you frame a glossy photo, you can't let it touch the glass or it will eventually stick.


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9/2/2005 12:00:14 PM

 
Kathy L. Pollick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/14/2005
  Oh yea, I've had that problem, but didn't realize it was because it was glossy. I thought it got wet somehow.... bummer. Have to remember that if I frame any of the wedding pix.


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9/2/2005 12:03:41 PM

 
Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I think when you let them "perfect touch" your photo, that is like telling them to adjust color, contrast and that kind of stuff when they print your pictures. They have their sample picture of a little girl that has a really blown out face and a very underexposed background. They're probably using levels or a similar tool in an image editing program to tone down the highlights and bring up the shadows. I'm not really convinced by the pictures they use as examples though. They probably also saturate the colors. Also, if you want to get an enlargment, you have to have the same process done on the enlargement or else it won't be the same. Anyways, if you know what you're doing when you're taking your pictures, then perfect touch is probably just a waste of money.


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9/2/2005 10:32:59 PM

 
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