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Creating a high quality image that will look good printed at a print shop?

Dec 18, 2013, 09:50
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Creating a high quality image that will look good printed at a print shop?
So I couldn't think of a better place to put this. I have something that I'm thinking of having professionally printed. What are the steps I should take to make sure I produce a high quality image? File format, Dpi and so forth. If maybe someone could make a list of steps to creating a high quality image file that will look good printed from a print shop that would be awesome.


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Dec 18, 2013, 10:23 (This post was last modified: Dec 18, 2013 10:31 by Captain_Cereal_Hands.)
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RE: Creating a high quality image that will look good printed at a print shop?
It's a good size poster so like 24x36 black with text but the color of the text is not a color but the layer below. So you have a layer with a design on it at the bottom and then you have a black layer on top with the letters cut out to show the design on the bottom.
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Dec 18, 2013, 12:38
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RE: Creating a high quality image that will look good printed at a print shop?
The design is a simple color patterned background.
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Dec 18, 2013, 13:32
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RE: Creating a high quality image that will look good printed at a print shop?
A one-off photographic print is different from a production run of biz-cards or leaflets. The shop I take my images to, I know passes them on to bigger printer.
This is one of the better ones here in the UK and they do give some useful technical advice.

http://www.photobox.co.uk/content/qualit...utionguide
Suprisingly modest requirements for large prints, all to do with laser printing which although prints at 100 dots per cm has the effect of a much higher resolution. Otherwise it might be a large inkjet. Either way, I size my images for 300 dpi.

http://www.photobox.co.uk/content/quality-advice
Some good links on this page about aspect ratios and colour calibration. You could ask your supplier if they have colour profiles, icc files, for their paper, to enable softproofing. Some comments in the photo forums about prints being generally darker than expected. Something to take into account.

Unlike CMYK printing, sRGB is used, colour profiles are discarded, and jpeg is the favourite format. Could not be easier.

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