Poster Jet Studio
Image Specs and other information for Quality Results
Scanned Photos and Slides
We can scan your photo print, slide or 35mm negative using our high resolution scanner for just $5 more. We will make minor corrections to defects such as contrast and faded color. More extensive retouching ot restoration is additional
The original will, of course, be returned to you. Sandwich them
between two pieces of stiff cardboard so they will not be damaged, punctured
or bent in the mail. A padded envelope is not necessary and useless.
Cardboard the thickness of a cereal box will do.
Uncompressed JPEG file with a minimum of 150 dpi is best.
TIFF files you be saved with "compression off" Tiffs are easy to work with and usually result in great looking printing. Reduce file size by making file no more than 1/3rd desired print size, flattening layers, using WinZip or Stuffit. If you have a color profile embedded in your file, our rip software will utilize it for color management.
GIF (Graphic Internet File) Not recommended. They are usually low resolution and limited color intensity. These will be very choppy and not pleasing if they are enlarged.
PNG (Portable Network Graphic) We have MS Digital Image Pro software and can open this in it's native program. However, it makes a very large file. Flatten layers and convert to Tiff or PDF file.
WMF Windows Metafile. Many clip art sources use WMF format. These can be used for Microsoft Office applications. Be sure to embedd type fonts and images in your file.
PSD (Photoshop Document) Flatten layers to make the file smaller.
PDD (Photoshop Image Ready) Best for on-line RGB images. Set up and save your file for Postscript Printing using PDF, PSD, or PDF files "optimized for high quality printing".
Other Adobe Applications
We can print from PageMaker (PM),
Illustrator (.AI). Other application require you to export your job into a
PDF format or EPS file with embedded fonts and images or saved as
publication with all files supplied.
Quark: Send PDF or EPS file
Print Shop Pro Publisher (Broderbund)
V15.0 We can open the various
project files. Set up page to the size poster you want. However,
please convert to PDF "professional printing".
We will try to work with whatever you have or can supply, but unless we feel we can make an acceptable poster, we will not proceed with your order.
Please identify your image and use same id on your
How to Photograph Artwork for Reproduction.
If you are reproducing a painting or other works of art and it's too large to scan, please see "How to Photograph Artwork"6
Where to find photographic images for your projects.
Photographs other than those you have taken yourself are "copyrighted". Photographers often put make their work available for use for commercial or non-commercial use through by granting the user a license for specific use and a specific period. The photographer is compensated through payment of a "royalty" or else a flat fee which enable the user to use the image. The photographer still owns the the image under copyright laws regardless and the user may be required to print a "copyright notice".
The are some sources where photographers allow anyone to use their images free and only ask for credit. Most publishing software have collections of images on CD or at on-line sites available to the registered users of their products. Adobe had links to royalty free images as well as images which can be used for a free.
Also, there are many sources where photographic images can be viewed and the image file downloaded after a fee is paid through a shopping cart system. The price varies based on the resolution and/or file size. Please keep in mind that if your want to acquire an image through one of these sites, you need a high resolution or at least 300 dpi resolution for printing this image. The lower cost 72 dpi resolution images are suitable for web publishing. Here is a link to about 150 web sites offering photographic images for a fee.
Understanding Cropping and Proportion Options
If your original image can be enlarged to the poster size you desire without cropping ONLY IF the PROPORTIONS OF BOTH ARE THE SAME. Otherwise we must make your image fit the poster. Click here for an explanation of proportion, cropping and border examples. We need to know your preference before we can print your job. If there is a specific object or feature in the photo, which is not obvious and which is important to you, please give us instructions.
Color Management (RGB vs CMYK)
Please remember that printing with inks utilize four inks-Cyan,Magenta,Yellow, Black (K) (CMYK) to reproduce your image, whereas what you see on your monitor is made with three beams of light-RedGreenBlue (RGB). We use color managements tools to calibrate our monitors and printers. For best results, convert your RGB image to CMYK mode, although our software will do this automatically convert your RGB image to CMYK. We use 2 shades of magenta and 2 shades of cyan to obtain the widest color gamut possible.
We provide for "pleasing color" using color calibrated monitors and printers, ink and media profiles and artistic experience and judgment. We will adjust brightness, shadows, contrast, color balance to make you a "pleasing color print". We take extra care of "artistic prints" using professional judgment to make a superior print.
If you want precise color, please embed a "color profile" in and use TIFF format for your image, or if a graphic, specify PMS color numbers within a PDF file with all type fonts and images embedded.
Art giclee prints should be proofed and require a proofing and correction step for each image.
Getting your images to us