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Light Print is a website designed for professional artists and photographers to print and finish their printed artwork. Our goal is to offer the highest quality custom "giclee" printing and finishing at the best prices in the NY tri-state area. That said, we are just as happy to work with "phone photographers." These days, beautiful images can be had on either a professional camera or the latest iPhone/Pixel device. I know because I personally use my iPhone for most of the pictures I personally take these days, have been especially impressed by Pixel 3 images, and have printed many of these images with great success. Art and photography is fairly subjective, quality giclee printing is not. This brief guide is meant as pre-upload check list for professionals and beginners alike, thanks again for stopping in! If you ever have a question, don't hesitate to reach out via email: email@example.com
1) Resolution: Simply the more native pixels the better, the general rule of thumb is 300 dpi at size. Do you need 300 dpi at larger sizes? no, you can get away with less. How much less sort of depends on you, your work, viewing distance (based on print size), etc. But as a general rule I feel pretty good about 200 dpi at size, but even less can work for very large prints. Again sort of depends on your work and what you're trying to achieve with it.
2) Image size: If you're a photography hobbyist and not acquainted with Photoshop at all. You'll want to at least download a trial and learn to use the "image size" command, and the "canvas size" command. If you already know what you're doing, great. I recommend you size your file to the desired print size (including aspect ratio), including all borders (if desired) BEFORE uploading. If you're a hobbyist and just want a professional print from your phone images, just make sure to find the largest size file you have (usually found on your device, i.e. not on IG).
3) Sharpening: Sharpening is subjective. But generally you want to sharpen twice. First when you process your raw file before editing, and second, after sizing for print. "Over-sharpening" is often used when printing since things tend to soften a bit when printing. The amount of sharpening to use depends on your image/print size and your total resolution. Again, it's subjective, so trial and error is recommended. If you're working from your phone, these files typically are already processed and sharpening isn't necessary, but more sharpening before printing is possible.
4) Color: Always include an embedded color profile. It will be honored. Recommended is AdobeRGB, or sRGB. Do not attach/embed monitor profiles, this is wrong! I see this a lot, and I have no idea what misinformation out there has people thinking this makes sense. Although I understand why someone might think that makes sense.
5) Black and White images. We use the latest giclee technology by Epson for printing black and white with a dedicated black/grey ink set and black and white print driver. It's recommended to submit neutral RGB or grayscale files also with embedded profiles (e.g. AdobeRGB or gray gamma 2.0 respectively). Also select the "BW" option when adding your image to cart.
5) Saving: This site only allows for up to 100 MB JPGS. If you save at maximum quality JPEG you will see no visually discernible loss in quality. That said, if you prefer to only print from tiff files, you can Wetransfer your order to kevin@light print.com
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