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File Preparation

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How to Prepare Your Images for Printing

All printing is done from digital files.

 

If you need help obtaining digital files of your original art we can help. Just let us know.

 

The print prices listed in our price chart are for "print ready" files which you provide us via our file upload page.

 

Your image flies should be at your desired print size (length and width).

 

Your image files should be color corrected and sharpened unless we are providing this service for you. We will automatically provide final output sharpening as needed.

 

Important! Your image files should have a resolution of between 240 and 360 pixels-per-inch at your intended print size.

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Important! You must be the owner of the image or have appropriate permission from the copyright holder. We cannot print images for which you do not have such permission.

 

The best file formats are .psd (Photoshop) or .tif (TIFF). JPEG (.jpg) flies may produce satisfactory results, but since the JPEG format involves some file compression, it is not the ideal format for large format photographic printing. We are always happy to look at your image file and let you know how well it will print.

4" x 6"

5" x 7"

8" x 10"

8.5" x 11"

9" x 12"

11" x 14"

16" x 20"

18" x 24"

20" x 24"

22" x 28"

24" x 30"

24" x 36"

30" x 40"

 

Standard Frame Sizes:

If you need assistance in producing "print ready" files, or if you need help in optimizing your originals, We are happy to help. Pricing for our Photoshop services may be found under "Optional Digital Services" on our pricing page.

 

If you believe you will need additional large format prints in the future, please ask us to archive a copy of your image. This will save you from having to send the file back to us for reprints. There is no charge for this service for up to 2 GB of storage, but you should always keep a copy of the file or image yourself. Also, we can provide you with additional archival copies of your final print file on CD ROM. The cost is $10/CD.

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Aspect Ratios

The standard aspect ratio (width x height) of a 35mm camera is 3:2. Other cameras may be 4:3 or even 16:9. Here are some standard (non-cropped) enlargement sizes from a 35mm camera:

12" x 8"

18'' x 12"

24" x 16"

30" x 20"

36" x 24"

45" x 30"

60" x 40"

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