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Given the enormity of the financial meltdown in Greece, not being able to make iCloud or iTunes purchases is rather a long way down the list of the country’s problems – but for those with data stored on iCloud, not being able to renew a subscription could put that data at risk.
For those outside Europe who may not have seen too much news coverage, a combination of a long history of low levels of tax collection and the global financial crash has left Greece unable to pay its international debts. To prevent a collapse of the Greek banking system, the government has put strict controls in place, including maximum cash withdrawals of €60 ($66) a day – and a complete ban on overseas payments or transfers.
As payments from Greek subscribers are processed outside the country, this means that Apple cannot legally accept payments from anyone with a Greek account. One Bloomberg staffer learnt about this very directly when they received an email from Apple telling them their iCloud renewal had failed.

“On June 30, we tried to charge your account for your iCloud space of 20GB, but there is a problem with your payment details,” said one e-mail received by Bloomberg News staff based in Athens. “If we don’t manage to renew your subscription, your account will be downgraded to the free 5GB space program.”

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Possible iPhone 6s keynote and launch date revealed

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With just two full months to go until the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are officially unveiled, a Chinese gadget blog has allegedly revealed the launch dates of both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — courtesy of sources inside<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...revealed/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194292626/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47de73da/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47de73da/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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iPhone 6 Plus explodes in Hong Kong (literally)

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The Chinese iPhone market is exploding, but perhaps a bit too literally for one Hong Kong woman, who claims that her 128GB iPhone 6 Plus exploded while being charged — not only separating the screen from the handset, but significantly melting the back<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...iterally/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194288098/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47ddeb9f/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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The Logic Pros: How to create Retro Synth patches with cu...

Yesterday, 09:18 PM

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the-logic-pros-retro-synth-01.png?w=704&In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will take one final look at some of the new additions to Logic Pro X 10.1. We have already gotten a taste of a number of very helpful new features including custom plug-in menus, Track Stacks, the Brush Tool and the powerful new Drummer features, but today Retro Synth is on tap.

While Logic already had a number of classic synth-inspired virtual instruments like ES1, 2 and more, we are talking about instruments that have been around for 10 years+. A serious breath of fresh air for Logic users, Retro Synth (RS) wraps all the major synthesis disciplines of yesteryear – classic subtractive, hard sync, FM and more – into one, neatly packaged virtual instrument. Not only does RS standup to many of the basic analog synth emulations out there, but the LPX 10.1 wavetable updates just put it toe-to-toe with many of the $200+, third-party flagships:



To avoid a far too long-winded explanation of synthesis at its core, and the typical uses of modulation, this will be a brief overview of what RS is capable of and what’s new in LPX 10.1:

Basically we are looking at a virtual instrument that can be set in 4 different modes, or 4 different types of synthesis, each of which result in a different type of sound. “Analog” is typical, basic waveform synthesis, “Sync” locks the two oscillators together which creates that typical ringing type sound we are used and “FM” is a basic (and quite understandable) take on frequency modulated synthesis.”Table” (or wavetable) is a type of synthesis that replaces the typical waveforms found in Analog mode with small clips of just about any audio waveform you can get your hands on. Wavetable is a technique developed in the late 70’s (made popular by PPG/Waldorf) and has since become a typical option in both modern day virtual instruments like Serum and in newer hardware like DSI’s Prophet 12.

OK, let’s get one thing off the table. You are certainly going to find more bells and whistles, a vastly larger array of modulation possibilities and a much more lively community of patch makers with something like the Native Instruments Massive instrument or Xfer’s Serum. However, RS is a powerful synth in its own right, not to mention you get it and LPX in its entirety for less than the price of either of the aforementioned wavetable synths. And with the 10.1 update, RS’s wavetable got a lot more versatile. We can now create/add our own wavetables to work with, vastly widening the sonic capabilities of the instrument in the process. In fact, we can even “import” the wavetables from other synthesizers and use them in the Oscillator section of RS.

Once we select an audio file from our computer/hard drive, RS will scan the file, breaking it down into waveforms, which will in turn create a new table of waves, or wavetable we can use in the oscillator section. In RS, and just about all wavetable synths, we can choose which point or waveform in a particular wavetable we would like to use. This happens via the Shape controls on RS and can drastically change the tone of your sound, depending on the audio you selected.

Today we are going to take a look at how to create our own wavetables and how to leverage the new voice stacking capabilities of Retro Synth:

1. Open an audio instrument track (option + command + n) and then load up Retro Synth.


2. Along the top left of RS’s UI you’ll find the 4 synthesis modes: ANALOG, SYNC, TABLE, FM. Choose TABLE to select the wavetable synth engine.


3. Along with the blue interface, we are presented with RS’s wavetable parameters including a pull-down menu (seen above). We see a number of preset wavetables courtesy of Apple, but if you scroll to the top you’ll see a “Create Wavetable from Audio file…” option.

Note: Or just drop files right on the Shape controls to load up a custom wavetable. Drag and drop audio files directly from the Finder to the left most portion of the Oscillator section when Retro Synth is set to TABLE.


4. Optional. This step is entirely optional, but some advanced users may want to note the “Audio File Analysis” options found within the disclosure triangle on the bottom left corner of the Retro Synth UI. This will adjust the granularity with which RS analyzes your audio when creating custom wavetables.


5. Now you can choose any audio file on your computer to create a wavetable out of. Once selected, Retro Synth will automatically analyze the file and break it down into individual segments or waveforms. And your ready to go. The Shapes knobs will now allow you to scroll through the waveforms in the newly created wavetable. From there the audio from the wavetable passes through the filter, LFO, Envelopes and Amp modules to further shape the sound.

Note: Both of the Oscillators (Shape 1 and 2) in the Oscillator section will get the same wavetable loaded up on them when creating a custom wavetable. The fader labeled Mix on the right most portion of the Oscillator section allows us to blend the sound of Oscillator (Shape) 1 and 2 to create more complex patches.


When selecting audio files to create wavetables, you may get the above message. It is always a good idea to use short and basic clips when just starting out. Retro Synth wants constant pitch clips of audio or small clips separated with silence for the most part, so you may need to experiment a little bit with your audio.


How did you stack all those voices up? In the latest major Logic update, we received the ability to stack up to 8 voices in Retro Synth. We previously only had a double switch, which would stack up to 2 voices per note, but now we can max out at 16 voices or 8 voices per note.

In the bottom right corner of the Retro Synth UI you’ll see a “Settings” button. From there you’ll find the new Voice Stacking option and the ability to set the Voice (stereo) Spread and Detune, making for some very fat and wide patches that weren’t previously possible. This voice option, in my opinion, opens up the possibilities for Retro Synth significantly. This in conjunction with the new custom wavetables can make for some very complex/evolving synth pads and characteristic lead lines.

Controlling wavetables with your hardware. Retro Synth’s entire interface can be mapped to your MIDI hardware controls, and the Shape knobs are no exception. Mapping the Shape knobs or the Mix fader to controls in the real world can offer up some very interesting and creative performance possibilities. You can find out everything you need to know about controller assignments in The Logic Pros: episode 4.


Logic 10.1 Honorable Mention goes to… Ok who broke out the Mellotron and gave us some pretty awesome free EXS sample instruments? In your Logic library you’ll find some sweet Vintage Mellotron EXS patches for free. The Mellotron is a polyphonic, sample based synth that actually used a tape head inside to playback string, voice and wind instrument like sounds. It debuted in the early 60’s and can now be found in your copy of LPX. If you don’t see it, hit the Logic menu up top and look in the “Download Additional Content” section for it.

Well that rounds out our look at Logic 10.1’s best new features, but here’s to hoping some of those new Garageband features that just popped up make it to LPX. Be sure to drop us a line in the comments below if there is anything that you have found especially useful/annoying in 10.1:

The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

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Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announce...

04 Jul 2015

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In late June, it was revealed that Apple had rounded up celebrity partners to host radio shows on its Beats 1 programming schedule, including Elton John, Pharrell and Dr. Dre. Today, the company announced that Dre's show, The Pharmacy, will premiere Saturday, July 4 at 3 PM PST and will broadcast every week thereafter at the same time.

The hour-long show will be co-hosted by Dre and Eddie Francis and feature recording artists Wyann Vaughn and DJ Pooh with music from DJ Jus Incredible, according to Billboard. Apple debuted the premiere date with a trailer for the program on Twitter.

Additionally, Apple Music today exclusively debuted the new music video for Eminem's latest single, "Phenomenal", promoting the event with a tease on the service's Instagram. The 7-minute video, which is referred to as a "music film" by Apple, features cameos from actors John Malkovich and Randall Park, Dr. Dre and both the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Previously, Eminem was the subject of the first Beats 1 guest interview with DJ Zane Lowe.

Oh you gonna watch Magic Mike this weekend? Cool, we’re good with @Eminem’s new music film, #Phenomenal. Now on Apple Music.

A video posted by Apple Music (@applemusic) on Jul 3, 2015 at 2:12pm PDT

The Cupertino company has been trying to secure a wealth of exclusive content for Apple Music in hopes of luring customers to its service rather than competing music streaming services. Most recently, Pharrell's new single "Freedom" has been exclusive to the service as well as Dre's album The Chronic. It's likely Apple will continue to leverage its music industry contacts for future exclusives in the coming weeks and months.




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Brad Mangin is one of sport photography’s best shooters –...

03 Jul 2015

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Apple Pay expected to go live in the U.K. on July 14th, £...

04 Jul 2015

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Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the United Kingdom on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the U.K. that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date…


Apple will also begin training its U.K staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12th. Apple has begun enabling its mobile point of sale systems in England-based stores to take NFC payments and has been preparing materials to promote the Apple Pay launch in stores. It is plausible that different stores will have different launch dates, but the presence of the same, at least tentative, date makes July 14th a very possible widespread start date.


Announced for July at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, the U.K.’s Apple Pay launch will mark Apple’s first expansion of the service outside of the United States. Like in the U.S., a PIN won’t be required for usage, but the launch will include a £20 cap per transaction, as also noted on the above memo sent to us and posted across the web. However, a source tells us that U.K. systems will be updated in the fall to process higher values. Apple is also currently working on bringing the service to Canada later this year in addition to China and South Korea in the future.

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How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art fro...

04 Jul 2015

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<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...nts21.jpg"><imgtitle="How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures (Part 1)" class=" size-large wp-image-387580 aligncenter" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/metalprints21.jpg?w=704&h=352" alt="metalprints21" width="704" height="352" /></a></p>
<p>Apple knew it had something special to share with the world when it released iPhoto in 2002: in addition to printing 20″ by 30″ poster-sized photos, the original iPhoto’s “most stunning feature” (according to Apple) was a page layout tool that quickly turned digital photo collections into printed hardcover books. These were Apple’s acknowledgements that tangible photos still had value in a digital era, and it subsequently added calendars, greeting cards, softcover books, and letterpress cards to iPhoto. Apple’s newer app Photos for Mac hides these options under the File menu at the top of the screen, and hasn’t expanded on them, a shame considering how nice the results look.</p>
<p>But apart from including the poster options in 2002, Apple never added “large-format art” to the list of things its photo apps could produce. Back in 2002, digital cameras were so low-resolution that they struggled to produce pixel-free 4″ by 6″ photos, so it’s no surprise that Apple wasn’t trying to build a market for large prints. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. Canon currently sells <a href="http://www.amazon.co...PDKIKX0DER">two50-Megapixel cameras</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sony-ILCE7RM2-Full-Frame-Mirrorless-Interchangeable/dp/B00ZDWGFR2/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=sony%2Ba7%2Brii&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;qid=1435347247">Sony has one 42-Megapixel camera</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?rnid=493964&amp;qid=1435347356&amp;keywords=nikon%2B36&amp;rh=n%253A172282%252Cn%253A502394%252Cn%253A281052%252Cn%253A3017941%252Ck%253Anikon%2B36%252Cp_n_feature_two_browse-bin%253A9939635011&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;fst=as%253Aoff">Nikon offers four 36-Megapixel cameras</a>. iPhones and iPads can create up to 43-Megapixel ultra-wide panoramas. A large, properly-composed print from any of these cameras (or even the more common 20- to 25-Megapixel cameras people are using today) will look amazing hanging on the wall of your home or office… if you know how to do it.</p>
<p>I wanted to see what the best options were for large-format photography, so I reached out to a collection of excellent art print services to see how digital photos would look on metal, glass, and canvas — materials Photos doesn’t offer. In <strong>Part 1</strong> of this How-To guide, I’m looking at <strong>large-format metal prints</strong> that apply dyes and gloss directly onto aluminum surfaces, with results as saturated as Apple’s famous “nanochromatic” iPod nanos. Part 2 will look at large-format canvas and glass prints. Read on for all the details…</p>
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<p>When you research the world of metal photo printing, two names come up repeatedly. First is <strong><a href="https://www.imagewizards.net">ImageWizards</a></strong> in North Carolina, which lays claim to having invented metal photo prints, as well as ubiquitous earlier ideas such as printing photos on coffee mugs and mouse pads. Image Wizards’ <strong>AluminArte</strong> is considered the gold standard for metal photo printing, and can be produced in sizes ranging from 12″ by 20″ to 48″ by 96″ ($130 to $1,030) — that’s four by eight feet, a surface large enough to make a life-sized print of a basketball player (with room on the edges to spare). You get the choice of four different finishes – white aluminum or brushed in your choice of satin or gloss – plus three different types of frames in your choice of three colors.</p>
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<p>Image Wizards offers a lot of different customization options, but its web site is very basic. You specify your choice of sizes, finishes, frames, and shipping packaging, then provide your shipping and billing information. Next, you just upload your file to the company without any additional site-based adjustment or previewing of the image. Consequently, you’ll need to do your cropping in Photos, iPhoto or Aperture, and make sure that your image looks right before uploading it. My finished Image Wizards print was very slightly cropped on the left side relative to the original image.</p>

<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...eseville/'><imgwidth="655" height="437" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/maddieseville.jpg?w=655&h=437" class="attachment-medium" alt="The original image" data-attachment-id="387547" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/maddieseville.jpg" data-orig-size="5760,3840" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="maddieseville" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/maddieseville.jpg?w=655&h=437" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/maddieseville.jpg?w=704" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...img_5367/'><imgwidth="655" height="491" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5367.jpg?w=655&h=491" class="attachment-medium" alt="Image Wizards' 24&quot; by 18&quot; version is slightly cropped, but richly colored (glare is from the glossy finish)" data-attachment-id="387548" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5367.jpg" data-orig-size="1632,1224" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 6 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1435931436&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;64&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_5367" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5367.jpg?w=655&h=491" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5367.jpg?w=704" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...img_5369/'><imgwidth="655" height="491" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_53691-e1435946429696.jpg?w=655&h=491" class="attachment-medium" alt="Frame-to-edge framing stiffens the thin aluminum print" data-attachment-id="387550" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_53691-e1435946429696.jpg" data-orig-size="3264,2448" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 6 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1435931484&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_5369" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_53691-e1435946429696.jpg?w=655&h=491" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_53691-e1435946429696.jpg?w=704" /></a>

<p>I was pleased by the quality of the Image Wizards print, and super impressed by the company’s frame. The AluminArte process preserved all of the original image’s rich saturation, which pops nearly as much on the 24″ by 18″ frame as on the internally illuminated, comparably-sized screen of a 27″ iMac. An anti-scratch coating provides HDTV-like gloss, and is capable of resisting finger gouges; Image Wizards includes a large cleaning cloth to preserve the shine. Additionally, although I’d selected a floating frame, Image Wizards recommended a frame to edge version that considerably stiffened the edges of the thin aluminum print, providing black boxy edges and a measure of reinforcement against accidental damage. It was a great recommendation, though it added $78 to what would otherwise be a $145.65 price.</p>
<p><img title="How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures (Part 1)" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-387565" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=371"alt="sevillecompare" width="655" height="371" /></p>
<p>As shown above, the detail level in the AluminArte print is pretty impressive for a large piece of wall art, preserving even the individual textures of strings in the original 24-megapixel photo. There were small color differences — smaller than the comparison here suggests — which aren’t noticeable unless you hold the image directly up next to a monitor. While the AluminArte print wasn’t as large as the others I tested, and I didn’t have a 50-Megapixel Canon to push the outer limits of the company’s process, most DSLR users (and many point-and-shoot photographers) can expect similarly detailed, beautiful results even at slightly larger sizes.</p>
<p><img title="How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures (Part 1)" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-386555" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=396"alt="mpixsite" width="655" height="396" /></p>
<p>Another widely recommended metal print resource is <strong><a href="http://www.mpix.com".../a></strong>, adivision of <a href="http://www.millerslab.com">Miller’s Professional Imaging</a> in Kansas. Mpix does a lot of different types of photo printing, including canvas gallery wraps and boxy “standout” photos. But it also offers <strong>Modern Metals</strong>, aluminum prints that range from 8″ by 10″ to 20″ by 30″ ($34-$155). The prices are aggressive, though as a trade-off, you’ll have no physical options beyond choosing the size. You can use the Mpix web site to adjust the zoom, cropping, and rotation of your image, optionally adding various facial retouching services for $8 per retouching service per person; that’s it.</p>

<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...seville2/'><imgwidth="655" height="437" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/seville2.jpg?w=655&h=437" class="attachment-medium" alt="The original image" data-attachment-id="387552" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/seville2.jpg" data-orig-size="5760,3840" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="seville2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/seville2.jpg?w=655&h=437" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/seville2.jpg?w=704" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...img_5360/'><imgwidth="655" height="491" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5360.jpg?w=655&h=491" class="attachment-medium" alt="I manually cropped the image on Mpix's web site for the 30&quot; x 20&quot; print" data-attachment-id="387553" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5360.jpg" data-orig-size="1632,1224" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 6 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1435931327&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_5360" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5360.jpg?w=655&h=491" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5360.jpg?w=704" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...img_5371/'><imgwidth="655" height="491" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5371-e1435947679650.jpg?w=655&h=491" class="attachment-medium" alt="The frameless mount design isn't deluxe, but works well" data-attachment-id="387554" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5371-e1435947679650.jpg" data-orig-size="3264,2448" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 6 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1435931555&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;80&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_5371" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5371-e1435947679650.jpg?w=655&h=491" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/img_5371-e1435947679650.jpg?w=704" /></a>

<p>Mpix’s prints arrived amazingly quickly after my order was placed, and I was thrilled with their value for the dollar. Once again, the saturation and detail on the prints were spot-on with the original images, making colorful images really pop. I was astonished that buildings in the distance were as clear in the Mpix prints as in the <a href="http://www.amazon.co...st925-20">Canon5D Mark III</a> images I shot, and that I needed to magnify the originals to absurd levels to find pixel-level distinctions. The only comparative issue I ultimately noted was a slight blow out of bright spots, which in all honesty affected such tiny parts of the huge images that they were hard to spot.</p>

<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2.../guellhd/'><imgwidth="467" height="700" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhd.jpg?w=467&h=700" class="attachment-medium" alt="The second original image" data-attachment-id="387556" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhd.jpg" data-orig-size="3840,5760" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="guellhd" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhd.jpg?w=467&h=700" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhd.jpg?w=683" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...guell-1x/'><imgwidth="655" height="491" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/parkguell-1x.jpg?w=655&h=491" class="attachment-medium" alt="The second 20&quot;x30&quot; print, slightly cropped" data-attachment-id="387559" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/parkguell-1x.jpg" data-orig-size="1632,1224" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 6 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1435931350&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;50&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="parkguell-1x" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/parkguell-1x.jpg?w=655&h=491" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/parkguell-1x.jpg?w=704" /></a>
<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...comparex/'><imgwidth="655" height="367" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhdcomparex.jpg?w=655&h=367" class="attachment-medium" alt="Fine details remain obvious in the print, though bright spots sometimes get a little blown out" data-attachment-id="387571" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhdcomparex.jpg" data-orig-size="1160,650" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="guellhdcomparex" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhdcomparex.jpg?w=655&h=367" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/guellhdcomparex.jpg?w=704" /></a>

<p>Mpix notably offers 30″ by 20″ metal prints for $155, a roughly 36″ diagonal that’s larger than the display of any current or past Mac. While that’s not as large as the biggest Image Wizards print, Mpix’s options tend to be somewhat less expensive at given sizes. Part of that price difference is because there are fewer frills here than with Image Wizards, as Mpix doesn’t include a cleaning cloth or offer multiple frame or finish options. However, the frameless mount is sturdy and works exactly as expected, providing three mounting points in a line. Moreover, just like with the Image Wizards prints, Mpix’s prints were finished with a glossy surface treatment that made them look like UHDTV screens – really beautiful.</p>
<p>If you’re looking to make giant, wall-worthy metal art prints from your digital photographs, Image Wizards and Mpix both have advantages worth considering. The multiple finish and framing options offered by Image Wizards are good premium touches, while its ability to produce human-sized aluminum canvases for your photos could completely wow viewers with scale alone. By contrast, Mpix’s simpler options and pricing still deliver surprisingly strong image quality, and make an impact with the option of larger-than-Mac-sized prints. You won’t be disappointed with either company’s products.</p>
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