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Preparing Your Images

Information for Pro Members - Preparing Files for Printing.

To receive the benefits of Pro Membership, you must first qualify to be a pro member, then supply files that are 'ready to print' as per our specifications. This saves us time and you money.

Basic File Requirements -

  • You must be working with a correctly calibrated monitor.
  • Set Photoshop or Lightroom for the AdobeRGB 1998 colourspace
  • All files must be supplied at the finished print size, plus borders, bleeds or canvas wraps.
  • All files must be supplied at 300ppi - incorrect PPI may result in incorrect print size if we don't detect the error.
  • TIFF or PSD accepted but JPEG files preferred.
  • NOTE: AS A SECURITY MEASURE, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT ZIPPED FILES.
  • 16bit or 8bit files accepted.

PHOTOSHOP COLOUR SETTINGS -

The image to the right shows our recommended Color Settings in Photoshop. Lightroom can be set up the same way. This is the window from Photoshop CC, other versions may be laid out differently but offer the same options. 

When set this way, Photoshop will check all images on opening to ensure they are in the correct colourspace. 

If your file is not on the AdobeRGB colourspace, the following message will appear...

Choose "Convert document's colors to the working space"

 

IMPORTANT POINT!!! In order to 'set' the settings you've just made, you must close photoshop and re-open it. If you don't, and Photoshop crashes, the settings will revert to whatever it was previously. This is also important when you load actions into the Actions Palette.

To ensure the profile is locked in when you save you files make sure this box is checked.....

Save profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PREPARING YOUR FILES FOR PRINTING.

All images must be supplied as per the specifications, sized, ready to print for the product ordered.

 

DOWNLOAD OUR ACTION SETS TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR FILES CORRECTLY 

 


CROPPING AND SIZING YOUR IMAGES

One of the most common mistakes we see in file preparation is the use of the CROP TOOL. Images that get cropped using the Ratio options will almost invariably be the right ratio but the WRONG PRINT SIZE.

1. Make life easy for yourself and create PRESET SIZES that you use often.

2. Ensure you make both Horizontal and Vertical options - 5in x 7in @300ppi and 7in x 5in @300ppi

3. When creating a specific size, always use the W x H x Resolution option and enter every detail you need. Important point here - if you enter 300 then change the default pp/cm to ppi the 300 changes to 762 - be cautious - change to ppi first.

4. Be sure to save all cropped images under a different file name so as not to lose your master file.

 

 


PRINT ONLY PREPARATION

1. Ensure you have followed the steps above so you are working in the right colourspace

2. Do all the artwork and adjustments you want to the image and save your master file

3. Resize your file, enlarging and/or cropping as necessary, to create a file that is exactly the finished image size required. 

4. Use our Action, or create your own, to add a 1cm border. Adding a 1cm border requires you ADD 2cm to the Canvas Size.

5.  Save your file in a folder ready to upload to us.

6. Ensure the file name includes the options required such as....   Your-client name_your file number_8inx10in_lustre.jpg.

7. IMPORTANT POINT - do not use symbols such as ' " # etc in file names. Macs can see these symbols, PC's cannot and your files will not be readable

8. When all your images are prepared, and you have placed your order, you can upload your files using our FTP service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


METAL MOUNT PREPARATION - 5mm bleed each side

1. Ensure you have followed the steps above so you are working in the right colourspace

2. Do all the artwork and adjustments you want to the image and save your master file

3. Resize your file, enlarging as necessary, to create a file that is the finished image size required.

4. Use our METAL MOUNTS Action to create the final image with 5mm bleed. NOTE: 5mm bleed means your image is 1cm larger overall. A final print size of 50x75cm should be supplied as a 51 x 71cm file. If your sizes are in Inches, adding 0.4 inch overall will provide the correct bleed.

5. Add your company logo after you have created the final image with bleed and be sure to position the logo well within the final image.

6.  Save your file in a folder ready to upload to us.

7. Ensure the file name includes the options required such as....   Your-client name_your file number_40x60cm-Metal_Gloss_UltraGloss.jpg. 

8. IMPORTANT POINT - do not use symbols such as ' " # etc in file names. Macs can see these symbols, PC's cannot and your files will not be readable

9. When all your images are prepared, and you have placed your order, you can upload your files using our FTP service.

 

CRYSTAL BLOCKS AND CRYSTAL PANELS - 3mm bleed each side

1. Ensure you have followed the steps above so you are working in the right colourspace

2. Do all the artwork and adjustments you want to the image and save your master file

3. Use our BLOCKS AND PANEL ACTIONS to create the final image with 3mm bleed.

4. Add your company logo after you have created the final image with bleed and be sure to position the logo well within the final image - at least 1cm from each edge!

5.  Save your file in a folder ready to upload to us.

6. Ensure the file name includes the options required such as....   Your-client name_your file number_20x30cm-block.jpg. 

7. IMPORTANT POINT - do not use symbols such as ' " # etc in file names. Macs can see these symbols, PC's cannot and your files will not be readable

8. When all your images are prepared, and you have placed your order, you can upload your files using our FTP service.


CANVAS PRINT PREPARATION - It's a WRAP!

1. Ensure you have followed the steps above so you are working in the right colourspace

2. Do all the artwork and adjustments you want to the image and save your master file

3. Resize your file, enlarging as necessary, to create a file that is exactly the finished image size required.

4. Use our CANVAS WRAP ACTIONS to create the final image with the wrap you require for the stretcher bar thickness of your choice.

5. Add your company logo after you have created the final image. You can position the logo within the final image on the front or often the right hand side wrap is chosen. If you postion the logo on the side, keep it small and closer to the image than the outer edge as the outer edge gets wrapped around the back of the bar.

6.  Save your file in a folder ready to upload to us.

7. Ensure the file name includes the options required such as....   Your-client name_your file number_50x75cm_canvas_32mmBar.jpg. 

8. IMPORTANT POINT - do not use symbols such as ' " # etc in file names. Macs can see these symbols, PC's cannot and your files will not be readable

9. When all your images are prepared, and you have placed your order, you can upload your files using our FTP service.

 


 

PREPARING YOUR FILES FOR UPLOADING.

  • Create a master folder named as the date of upload - eg 2015-01-20
  • Create folders within the master folder as shown below, to suit the products you are ordering.
  • Once your images are all in the folder, you can simply upload that folder to the FTP folder we have provided you. 
  • YOU MUST THEN EMAIL US TO LET US KNOW YOU HAVE PLACED AN ORDER.

UPLOADING YOUR FILES.

OPTION 1 - 
PREFERRED OPTION FOR PRO MEMBERS - Contact us to set up your personal FTP folder allowing you to upload files using a direct link in your Browser to our Server. CHROME works best for this service.

OPTION 2 - 
For small numbers of images simply use the uploading facility provided after you click "ADD TO CART"

OPTION 3 - 
Upload Images to - Art House Guest FTP Account 

NOTES - 

  • When placing orders via FTP or Hightail, you must email us with specific details of your order.
  • PLEASE NOTE, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT ZIPPED FILES OR IMAGES BY DROPBOX AS A SECURITY MEASURE.