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 $4.40 each. Otherwise, forge ahead with the info below.
File setup guide
Print-ready file 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 between 180 and 300ppi (or higher) at final print size
- Files are in TIFF (16bit), JPEG (8bit) or PSD/Photoshop document format
- TIFF/PSD: check that all layers are flattened.
- Images are in the RGB colour space (that’s right – not CMYK!)
Placing your order
All orders must be initiated through our order form. You will also be able to submit your files there. Please (pretty please) do not order by email/phone – we will only direct you to our order form. Our form is a critical first step of the ordering process but don’t worry; no payment is taken until a member of our team has personally assessed your files.
What to avoid
Resampling (increasing resolution)
Resampling degrades the image quality – the increase in pixels decreases sharpness and detail. Keep your image at its native resolution, and we’ll see what we can do if the resolution is lower than ideal.
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).
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.
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.