TIPS FOR BETTER IMAGES
First of all I would like to tell you if yo u are not shooting in RAW, then now is the time to start. This will allow you the latitude to work with your images in the highest resolution of your cameras capability and with just a basic knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom you can have the most beautiful photos with very little manipulation or time .
I would suggest that you do not crop your photo until all the photo editing has been done If you have to crop the image do not and I repeat do not crop with the resolution determined. I will explain. If you want to crop for an 20×25 size print, then crop at the ratio, but leave the resolution blank. This way you are not losing any pixels, you are only cropping the image to a fixed ratio. If you then want to resize, to let’s say 300 dpi ( which is the preferred dots per inch) size for printing then do so, but SAVE AS a copy, your original large crop will not ruined in case you want to print a larger copy like a 30x 40 also, it is always a good habit of leaving a ‘bleed’ area, meaning add a little bit more to your crop so that it leaves about 2-3 mm for cutting or framing your picture so you don’t lose that precious perfect crop.
COLOR SPACE SETTINGS
If you are going to print your image on metal with us or make a photo lab print then you should make the settings in your camera and your RAW photoshop or Lightroom software to sRBG . If you are sending image to a newspaper or printing press then your settings should be RGB/CMYK.
ENHANCING THE IMAGE
There are wonderful plug-ins that will give you amazing enhancements to what would be a drab image Our staff will help you with this when you bring your image to us. So be careful, if you are not experienced with the softwares, just bring in your images and we will do it for you.
We will always try to accommodate the needs and wishes of our clients, we are here to showcase your work and we will cut to order your Metal Prints. Even the most intricate designs we can do, you imagine it, and we will do it..
SIGNING YOUR IMAGES
Because of the way the metal prints are infused into the Aluminum, it is preferred that you sign your name and scan it, then add it to your image file. Or we can scan and embed for you when you make your order, placing the signature and sizing it correctly to the size if your print..
We can deliver directly to your clients with your name and address on the label and not ours. We use the standard shipping or delivery rates for our local and international clients.
Come and see us, bring your stock photography to us, and we will showcase it so that all our customers will have the opportunity to buy your work through us. We want people to start buying photo art!
GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Come in and see us, we will be happy to be associated with you. We have group discounts and we support all photo enthusiasts.
IMAGE FILE SPECIFICATIONS
To achieve optimum quality prints ensure your image files are 300 dpi resolution at the size image you wish to print. 200-300 dpi is acceptable, but may not achieve optimum quality. Images should be created 100% to size. Images can be enlarged if sufficient resolution is provided.
File format should be one of the following: JPEG, TIFF or PSD. Recommended Color Space is Adobe RGB or sRGB.
If we have any questions regarding your image or image quality, we will contact you before printing.
To ensure high quality color calibration, we use the Eye-One system for both monitor and prints. If your monitor is not regularly calibrated, there may be a variation between the color of the image on your computer screen and the color on the metal print. The color on metal may be slightly different than the color on the computer screen.
if you want we also will do small color samples at a minimal cost, so that you can see exactly what you will get, when you print your large format image.
METAL PRINT DISCLAIMER
Metal prints are printed on sheets of aluminum. The aluminum sheets have a coating applied. There may be small divots or bumps in the metal due to the manufacturing/fabrication of the metal or the process of applying the special coating to the metal.
We inspect the sheets carefully for imperfections. Where possible, we will not include these imperfections in the print. Where not possible, we will position the imperfection in the least obtrusive part of the image.
We cannot remake prints due to these imperfections. These are part of the normal manufacturing process.
STORING YOUR PRINT
When moving or storing multiple metal prints, do not place the prints metal face-to-metal face.