Here are some quick bullet points to speed up printing and avoid any editing or enhancement fees:
- Make sure your file is correctly sized and check the resolution. If you want a 30×40 then you print dimensions should be: 30.3 x 40.3 at 240-300 dpi. The .3″ is the overall bleed for the pressing process.
- Make sure you file is saved using Adobe RGB 1998 color profile.
- Practice Soft Proofing your files, go to our resources page and follow the instructions BUT definitely do a google search and watch some tutorials. This is a priceless skill to master.
- Make sure your monitor is calibrated
- Triple-check for dust and debris, especially in the sky. The healing brush is another priceless tool.
- Manage expectations. Physical Prints have to work a lot harder to impress than a bright PC monitor projecting light into our faces. It’s simply not the same thing.
- If you are adding your signature or logo, make sure it’s a half inch away from the edges, or it will get trimmed in printing. Also, make sure your signature or logo is saved at the size you desire at the same resolution you’re printing in, and place it very last after all adjustments to the image size have happened. This will make sure it’s consistent and natural. Nothing worse than a 6-inch signature. (unless you’re into that kind of thing, no judgment 😉
- Brighter and more colorful are always better than the opposite.
- If all this sounds terrible and you’d rather skip it and just enjoy the fruits with minimal labor, go to Pro File Enhancements page and see what we can do for you. We’re pretty good at this.
We do offer basic enhancements for only $8, that’s usually all anyone needs, but don’t be shy about wanting something more.
Outside of the things listed we are capable of very intensive graphic design work and that starts @ $60 per hour with a one hour minimum.
A pretty common issue we have with people who are new to printing, is explaining the difference between a image on your screens being projected to your eyes and image printed on any medium where the light has to reflect back to your eye after hitting the surface. So here are a few simple tips and things to consider to help you get a more realistic view:
Lastly, be patient and get the feel for your new printer/photo lab. It can be a matter of trial and error before you figure each other out. Here at Pure Art we take care of our customers, and go above and beyond to make sure your desires are met. Our goal is happy clients.