Fine art printing is a little different to most types of printing, so we’ve put together some handy information to get you started.
The layout and size possibilities are pretty much endless. We print both from pre-cut A-series sizes sheets and from rolls up to 44” in width.
Getting your files ready for print requires a few basic steps. If want to save yourself the trouble, we can prepare your files for you for $4.00 each. Otherwise, forge ahead with the info below.
File setup guide
File set-up templates
If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you can use our file setup templates to ensure your image is within the printable area for sheet prints. You can set up your files to our maximum printable area, or opt for an even 15mm border.
Tip! make sure you have guides turned on.
File set-up checklist
- Images are sized to your final print size (eg: if you want an A4 print, your file should be sized to 29.7 x 21cm including any border you’d like)
- Files have a resolution of 300ppi or higher at final print size
NB: We recommend printing no lower than 210ppi at final print size
- Files are in TIFF (16bit), JPEG (8bit) or PSD/Photoshop document format
- Images are in the RGB colour space (that’s right – not CMYK!)
What to avoid
While we can work with RAW formats, there are many variables that can affect print output. We prefer TIFF, PSD or high res JPEG formats.
Crop marks and printers marks
Please leave crop marks out, and if need be we’ll add a stroke around your image as a trimming guide (this will be trimmed off the final print).
Sending files via email
Please don’t send files embedded in emails or as email attachments – we’ll just ask you to resubmit using one of the above methods.
Upscaling (increasing resolution)
Upscaling (increasing the resolution of an image) degrades the image quality. The increase in pixels decreases sharpness and detail. Keep the image at its native resolution – printing at a lower resolution often produces better results than printing an upscaled file.
If there is bleed set up in your files, we’ll need to crop it off before we go to print (which will attract a set-up fee). We don’t use bleed because we don’t like to trim through an inked area – this leaves a messy edge.
PDFs are troublesome for our print output purposes and Serendipity Megarip (our print output software) does not accept them. If you send us a PDF we’ll ask you to re-export the file as another file type.