File Setup Guide

This guide is for an advanced user and if you don’t know how to apply it into your workflow, than let us handle all technical issues for a maximum quality.

As a standard feature all of our canvas prints are mirror-wrapped unless otherwise specified. See examples below.
If this is the option that you want than set up your print to 100% size, no bleed is necessary, we will mirror-wrap it for you.

But if you want to prepare your files for printing, please follow the requirements below.
Artwork Size:
-for 0.75” Standard Stretcher leave 1.25” bleed (extra space) all around e.g. if your finished canvas print is 20"x30" than your final size for the artwork should be 22.5"x32.5" at 180ppi.

-for 1.5" Gallery Stretcher leave 2” bleed (extra space) all around e.g. if your finished canvas print is 20"x30" than your final size for the artwork should be 24"x34" at 180ppi.

-for Float Frame leave 1.25” bleed (extra space) all around e.g. if your finished canvas print is 20"x30" than your final size for the artwork should be 22.5"x32.5" at 180ppi.

  • Artwork Resolution

All files should have 180ppi at final size e.g. 20"x30" at 180ppi, which equals 3600x5400px. Don't interpolate files more than 180ppi unless your camera natively allows it e.g. if your camera outputs 20"x30" at 100ppi only rez it up up to 180ppi and not more.
-for example: 18MP camera outputs 20"x30" at 172ppi (interpolation needed)
-on the other hand: to achieve 20"x30" at 180ppi you would need to have a camera that outputs 19.4MP (without interpolation).

  • Colour Space

Adobe RGB (1998), 8bpc or Pro Photo RGB, 8bpc. Most of the times there is no advantage to use 16bpc files, which will only bloat your file size. Also, note that this is not an offset printing, so don't use CMYK colour space.

  • Output Sharpening

Please avoid output sharpening as this is a device specific subject and varies per printer, resolution, file.

  • File Formats

Preferred file format is Tiff with LZW compression (lossless).
Jpeg with low compression works very good too.
We can also handle any other file format e.g. .Psd, .Raw, .Ai, .Eps, .Pdf, .Bmp but fees might apply.

  • About calibration

Calibrated monitor is critical for anybody who wants to achieve accurate and predictable photographic prints. If your monitor is not correctly reproducing shades and colors, then the image that you view on your screen might be different than the one that we print. The colors and shades that a monitor reproduces vary with the monitor's type, brand, light source, settings and even age. Therefore, please consider getting the hard proof to see exactly how the image will look like.

  • Soft Proofing

Soft proofing is necessary to visually inspect your photos. Request our canvas profile to soft proof images in Photoshop. Bring all "out of gamut" colours in-gamut. Use Rendering Intent: Perceptual with Black Point Compensation "on".

In depth technical answers are beyond the scope of this guide but feel free to call or email your specific questions or concerns.
You can use our upload service to upload files as big as 2GB.

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