Probably the most important thing you can do to help CPL prepare your files exactly the way you want them printing. File preperation will make sure you get the best colour, sharpness and sizing from our printer.
• Sized at the correct "physical" size (mm/inches), and at 300 Pixels Per Inch (ppi).
Example - simple print, 8x6 inch (203x152mm).
Open Photoshop, and go to: Image Menu > Image Size.
If you find that one size will not enter without changing the other, then this is because the shape of the image is incorrect for an 8x6, and you will need to crop the image next. For now, just make sure the smaller size is correct.
With your image open in Photoshop, select the Crop tool, and change the width, height and resolution boxes, to match the info below. If you need to start again, click on "Clear".
Now drag your mouse across the image while holding down the mouse button.
Adding a border.
To do this you need to think of the paper (Canvas), and image, to be two different entities.
You can now play around with various image and canvas sizes, creating even or un-even borders, of different colours, around images.
All images need to be submitted as Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile. We can accept sRGB, but it is not preferred, because the colour information has been reduced to a level lower than our printing capabilities.
Colour management can be complex, but we need you to understand that without a full colour managed system on the computer you use, it is not possible for you to see what your image REALLY looks like.
An easy way around this is to ask for our colour correction service. At a small charge we can check over your images before printing, making sure there are no colour casts and exposure issues.
Alternatively you could read our Colour Management section, and see if you could become fully self sufficient.
Like a filing cabinet, you cannot just throw files in randomly. Documents should be filed in sections and labelled to describe the contents. When it comes to organising image files for printing, it helps to use the same rules.
Start by creating a main folder, (on your desktop may be good). In this example I have called the folder CPL.
Create folders inside the main folder, and name them so they include the printing instructions -similar to what you see on the right.
Please make sure your file names do not exceed 30 characters in length, and do not use the following text characters in the folder or file names, as they can cause errors with our software:
If you want to separate words, space will work most of the time, but it is always good to get into a habit of using _ or - instead.
Then place the images inside the folders, and this means you can retain your original file names, so you have an original reference, and it helps that the file name will be printed on the reverse of the print.
Once your files are ready, Zip (compress) the main folder to create a single file. Read the "Zip Files" tab for more help.
If you wish to use the "Dropbox" upload system, then you need to make a single file to send us.
Compressing a folder is a lot easier than you might think. Both Windows and iOS do things in a very similar way.
Simply right-click (or Apple+click) on the folder, and go to:
Windows : Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.
A new file will appear, with the same name, only with a Zip icon. - That's it!