Supplying Digital Files for Fine Art Digital Print
photoArt GB Ltd are happy to accept digital files for fine art printing from clients we would however ask that you bear in mind the following for good colour reproduction and to enable us to create a professional and faithful representation of your work.
For fine art printing onto fine art papers and fine art canvas files can be at 150 ppi at the image or reproduction size. although if your work has very fine detail or fine line work we would ask that the files are at 240 ppi at print size to err on the safe side. For four colour digital printing, i.e postcards, greetings cards, brochures & leaflets the files need to be at 300 ppi print size. Please do not use image interpolation methods to achieve these sizes unless you are really confident that these do produce the quality that you want. We have top quality professional image interpolators here at photoArt GB plus the experience to know what will and what will not produce acceptable digital print results. Please do not hesitate to ask we are always happy to assist.
When photographing your originals please ensure that
1) The camera is square to the original, do not rely on the tools in Photoshop to square up the image these will always degrade the image. Use a tripod if possible, it will make things that much easier.
2) That the lighting is even and there is no flare on the original. It is best to avoid direct sunshine, open shade is better. If using flash be particularly careful over flare, on-camera flash systems will nearly always bounce straight back from the original causing harmful flare which will ruin any good reproduction.
3) Use the maximum image size and best quality settings available on the camera. If possible use the RAW or tiff setting on the camera. If you only have a jpeg setting available use the maximum quality setting (12) and always save at this setting once it is on the computer. It is advisable to save this as the master and then always save any copies of this file as file name 1, 2, 3 or a, b, c, etc or some identifier so that the master file is never overwritten.
4) Do not save a file that has been saved at a low quality setting by changing the quality settings on the jpeg save menu to high, the file will have already been compressed and data discarded it will not be retrieved by altering the settings. Once a file has been compressed at a low quality setting, the original quality will never be obtained. Always try to keep the original file saved at it's original quality settings, in fact the best working method is to keep the originals in a separate folder and only use them to start a project, using the 'save as' option so that the original is never changed or overwritten.
With many years experience of image handling gained in the traditional photographic darkrooms behind them, Gary and Bob have transferred their knowledge and skills to the digital arena. photoArt GB prides itself in the level of personal friendly service provided, and we're always happy to talk through your specific requirements with you, tailoring our services to each individual clients needs.