Make Your Photos Presto-Ready
Let's get your pictures lookin' print ready and super awesome!
Top Trim Tips
Whip your work into tip-top shape!
The Backlit Shadow LandHate dark printing? So do we. Keep in mind that backlit subjects will almost invariably print dark, obscuring that beautiful face. Noo!
Keep it levelWhile tilt is fun when paired with "-a-whirl", in photos it can be very disorienting! Keep an eye on the horizon and try to keep your photo in line.
Get That SparkleWant beautiful photos? Keep that DPI up. Resolution and brightness are two of the biggest factors in printing picture-perfect photo books!
Proof, Proof, ProofFor bulk orders or important projects, we highly recommend ordering a proof so you can review the full book before continuing with the remaining order.
Shadows and Lying Monitors
We know that the sun doesn't always cooperate the way we want it to, but when it comes to printing a backlit photo industrial printers don't give a jam. While taking your photos, keep in mind where the sun is. Is it behind little Johnny? If so tell him to take a quick 180 so that light source will shine on his face - this will make sure his face looks great in the final photo. If that's not possible (scenery doesn't always cooperate either!), try doing some editing to bring the brightness up like in the example below:
While we'd like to believe we can always trust our monitors, we can't. When viewing your images on a computer screen they will often show much more vibrant and bright than what the actual printing output would be since the monitor is backlit. This can contribute to that backlit photo looking better on your screen than in real life. Often bringing up the saturation and brightness a bit can produce very pleasing results! See an example of an adjustment that should help this photo below:
Please note: Because of the limitations of digital industrial printing, we will not be able to reprint a book that printed within our production variation tolerance, especially for pages that have a great amount of shadow over the subject.
Tilting in photos can be suuuper disorienting. Not only that, but it often makes it look like the subjects are falling out of the photo. Talk about man overboard! When you're setting up your shot, make sure that you pay attention to how straight you're keeping the image. Are the subjects totally diagonal? Try leveling out and see how you like that. We don't want Mr. Stick Figure falling into the seven seas!
Please don't stop the resolution
Keep little Johnny on point! By keeping your image's DPI at 300, it almost always ensures your image won't print with pixelation. This may not be the case in all instances (such as scanned images) however if you're unsure check with us! We also have a great help page on Understanding Resolution.