Photo File Upload Checklist?

The Frame Gallery prints the most beautiful photography and art reproductions. However, our prints are only as good as your file. A soft, unsharp file with blown out colors will never produce a great print! It is up to you to edit your image file for a great print. Therefore, take a little time to make your pint great before sending to us.

When uploading your photo files, digital art files or signage files, please take a few minutes and make sure you are doing so correctly. You want to make sure you send the best file possible so the print is great.

We offer great services if you need help with any file but it saves time and money if you do your own editing. There are things like cropping that your “eye” is the best judge of the clipping of images.

What software do you use? Most use Photoshop and most of our hints are based on this great software. Some designers of signss use vector based software like Illustrator. Either way you need to make your file upload, a JPEG file or email us the file and can print from any format.

Remember, unless you select for us to Colorcorrect or Sharpen a file we print “AS IS”. We are not responsible for files sent that will not make great prints.

 

4 Things to Check before Uploading your Print File!

Checklist to Review before sending us your file!

 
 
STEP ONE STEP TWO STEP THREE STEP FOUR
       

1. CHANGE YOUR FILE TO JPEG
This is why..........

The Frame Gallery is a professional printing company. We know a great deal about printing, file handling and retention. This is why we suggest you send us your file in JPEG. A JPEG is what is called a compression file. That means when you save it, it reduces the size of the file for emailing, upload and storage. This type of file will loose details thru time, after many dozens of opening and closing it will gradually loose quality. However, to send to us for a print session you will see no difference in quality.

INSTRUCTIONS

When you want to make a print file, first make a copy of the original. Save the original in a Tiff, Raw or even PSD. These are not compression files and will retain the highest quality for storge. Then take the copy and convert it a JPEG for printing. In Photoshop open the File Menu at on the top navigation bar. Then in the drop down click the SAVE AS link and this box seen above. Look at the format option and select JPEG. Then click Save and your print copy is now a JPEG.

2. CHECK RGB AS THE COLOR MODE
This is why.............

You never want to send us a print file in CYMK. Why? Well, CYMK is a commercial print mode made for large commercial runs of lower quality printing needs. That is not what we do. We offer very high quality printing and use 10 specific colors. We always use RGB. Which RGB do we use? All of them, however RGB 98 is what we recommend, sRGB is ok but has lower Color Gamut. Pro RGB is great but requires some expertise.

Think of this, in the highest end printers there is only a slight difference that can be seen by the larger color gamuts from color modes. You can get a great print from all RGB modes.

INSTRUCTIONS

In Photoshop select Image link on top navigation bar, then you will see mode. When mode is opened select RGB. This does not determine what RGB you selected. Next go to File on top nav. Then go to Color Settings when selected you will see the different settings for RGB. Select RGB 98.

3 CROP YOUR IMAGE
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Most images are saved in a 4:3 ratio from your camera or cell phone. This simply means it would be 4 inches wide to 3 inches in height. However, you don't have to print this entire image. You can print in any size as long as your crop what you want. Photoshop and other software can let you easily save your image and any size for printing.

INSTRUCTIONS

The crop tool in Photoshop is on the left navigation bar. When selected you will see options at top of page for width and height in inches. Notice too that there is a PPI option for quality. Please place this to 250 or higher. Many use 300 but is up to you. This means at 300 you will have 300 pixel per inch. A very high quality image indeed.

4. SHARPEN YOUR IMAGE
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There is nothing as bad as a soft image. A soft image is one where there are very few details in the edges of items in the image. It is not crisp. Many softwares have sharpening options that allow you to make it much sharper that it was. Remember that good photography is the best option and use a tripod when you can. Also, remember that less is more. An over sharpened image will get noise and can look worse than the original.

INSTRUCTIONS

One can sharpen an image in many ways, but the most common is to use Photoshops unsharpen mask option. It can be found in the Filter menu.

You can find unsharpen mask by clicking the Filter menu on top navigation bar in Photoshop. Simply select sharpen. You will see unsharpen mask in the drop down. Open this box and you will see settings. There are a million options here but try this for starters. Put the amount slider between 150 and 175, then put the radius between .01 and .05. After this, you can put the threshold between 5 and 10. This is the pixels of color change between pixels. Use your good eyes and play with it until you get the result you want. Remember, do not overdo.