Even if you don’t have a high-quality color printer, traditional prints of your digital photos are only a few clicks away—if you have an Internet connection and you’re willing to spend a little money, that is.
Thanks to a deal between Apple and Kodak, you can order print s directly from within iPhoto. After you select the size and quantity of the pictures you want printed, one click is all it takes to have iPhoto transmit your photos to Kodak Print Services and bill your credit card for the order. The rates—some of which are much lower than they were in iPhoto 4—range from 19 cents for a single 4 x 6 print to about $23 for a jumbo 20 x 30 poster. Within a couple of days, Kodak sends you finished photos printed on high-quality glossy photographic paper.
If you plan to order prints, first crop your photos to the proper proportions (4 x 6, for example), using the Crop tool as described in Chapter 6. Most digital cameras produce photos whose shape doesn’t quite match standard photo-paper dimensions. If you send photos to Kodak uncropped, you’re leaving it up to Kodak to decide which parts of your pictures to lop off to make them fit. (More than one Mac fan has opened the envelope to find loved ones missing the tops of their skulls.)
By cropping the pictures to photo-paper shape before you place the order, you decide which parts get eliminated. (You can always restore the photos to their original uncropped versions using iPhoto’s Revert to Original command.)