Photo Kiosks What Goes In

You can insert two things into most photo kiosks: a memory card loaded with pictures from your digital camera, or a CD containing photos. Kiosks use just about every type of memory card in existence. For example, Kodak kiosks use: SmartMedia, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo Pro, MultiMedia Cards (MMC and RS-MMC), Secure Digital Cards (SD and Mini SD), X-D Picture Cards and USB Flash memory cards.

The CD option is especially handy if you'd like to edit your photos on your own computer before printing at a kiosk. You make better choices when you don't have impatient people in line waiting for you to finish cropping and fiddling with the color balance of your photos. Here are some tips on editing your photos in preparation for printing them at a kiosk:

• Save your photos in JPEG format.

• Make sure your photos are in RGB color mode. (Unless you changed the color mode with a program like Elements, you won't have to worry about this.)

• Don't put your photos in folders on the CD. Just copy the loose files to the CD's root (top) level.

• Use CD-R discs. (Some kiosks don't like the rewritable CD-RW discs.)

• Burn your CDs in the ISO9660 format. This option's easy to find on almost all programs that burn CDs. Or use a program like EasyShare, which makes the right decisions for you.

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