Printing at home or at the office:
I recommend using high-quality heavyweight photo paper for your prints - glossy, semi-gloss, satin or matte selections are matters of personal preference, but I tend to prefer matte paper for most of my prints, as it is less likely to contribute to glare and reflection when framed.
When printing your files, be sure your printer's settings are set to print at "original size" or 100% to ensure proper sizing.
Printing at local print shops:
You may also take your files to any local print services for professional printing. This can be done in person via a USB drive, through email, or through the service's online upload utility (if applicable). In person, you can discuss paper options, print sizes, etc., and receive guidance from staff.
Printing at Staples stores (U.S. and Canada customers):
I've had success with quality printing at Staples, where you can get very inexpensive same day prints if ordering before 2 PM (with a small rush fee). For 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 prints, select their "copy and print services - color" option. Select the 110lb. white cover/card stock option for best results. The current price (in USD) as of March 31, 2017 is just 67 cents per print. When picking up your order, be sure to review your prints - if there are any print issues, the staff should be happy to reprint your order for you.
To print larger sizes, select the Same Day poster option. Their available sizes are rather limited - 12x18", 18x24" and 24x36". What's nice is that you have some paper options - I recommend going with their super heavyweight 140 lb. matte finish option, or the semi-gloss 140 lb. medium sheen option.
Printing at FedEx Kinko's stores (U.S. and Canada customers):
FedEx Kinko's is another great option for fast, same-day prints. To print 8x10 files at FedEx Kinko's, first upload your file using their print utility on their website. Once uploaded, you will probably receive a message stating "this file contains a non-standard print size," so you'll want to click the "review options" button. Select "Letter - 8.5x11" for your print size. This will enlarge the 8x10 image slightly since FedEx automatically prints to fill the page. Then, continue on to your print options. The only thing you have to do here is select your paper. Under "Paper Selection," choose "Card and Cover Stocks" and then "Ultra Bright White (Card)" for best results. The current price as of this posting is $1.24 USD.
To print 11x14" files, you should select "Tabloid - 11x17" for the print size. Unfortunately, they don't offer the bright white card stock in this size, so I would recommend the 80lb. laser paper option.
To print larger sizes (16x20" and above), you'll want to go with the poster printing option. The available sizes are 16x20, 18x24, 22x28, 24x36, and 36x48. Again, the software will automatically scale your file to fit the page size. The results are really nice and usually available the same day as you place your order.
Printing at Walgreens (U.S. customers):
Walgreens is my favorite location for same-day pickup of prints/posters in 11x14, 12x18, 16x20, 20x30 and 24x36 sizes. Their paper texture for posters is a nice satin - not quite matte, but not slippery smooth/gloss either. Walgreens often has coupons for photo printing, so check the site before purchasing online. My local Walgreens here in New Hampshire has my posters ready within 30 minutes of ordering! Their 8x10 prints also look great, though the only paper option is glossy paper for same-day pickup.
If you're a non-U.S. customer located in Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand and interested in reviewing your local print options, please get in touch - I'd love to talk about working with you to help get this information to my customers.