Picture, picture on the wall…how’d you get so wide and tall

….New York Times – While digital cameras have largely shoved aside film cameras, how we store and show off our snapshots has changed little since the heyday of Kodachrome. Overstuffed shoeboxes have simply been replaced with cluttered hard drives and Flickr streams, leatherbound albums supplanted by Facebook uploads.

Luckily, however,one perk of the digital age is the opportunity to use printing techniques and materials once reserved for professionals.

Some of these can take favorite photos and turn them into works of art that go beyond oversize prints, like custom wallpapers, murals and decals.  The services cost more than the one-hour photo hut, but the results can be stunning.

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 STRETCHING ONTO CANVAS Some companies offer the option to create stretched canvas pictures. The effect is instant art, ready to be hung. CanvasPop.com specializes in taking everyday photos, including candids snapped with a camera phone, and blowing them up without losing detail. Company technicians work on each image to ensure that an iPhone photo looks as good stretched across four feet as it does on a 4.5-inch screen. 

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