File Preparation

It is important to properly prepare your files for printing.  The first step is to make sure you understand colour management and have your system set up correctly.  Our Colour Management webpage has loads of information to help you with this.  One this is complete we encourage you to order free test prints from us before placing your first order.

 It’s important to remember we DO NOT check customer files for accuracy.  Your files should be colour corrected, correctly cropped and ready for printing. This is your responsibility.

Preparing photographic prints

Print prices at Seldex are for files submitted “print ready.” Files should be cropped, sized, and colour corrected. Watch the video below to learn how to properly crop your photos in Photoshop and Lightroom.

 

 

You will need to upload your files to these specifications - 

File format:  JPEG
Colour space:  ADOBE RGB (1998) or sRGB
Pixels per inch:  300dpi



Preparing album files

For Boutique Books, Journals, Portrait Books, Lite Books & Guest Books 

For the albums listed above you will need to upload double page JPEG files for us to print.  If you have used an album design software such as SmartAlbums or Fundy then you have the option of exporting the files as double page JPEG or PSD files.  Some photographers prefer to export PSD files so they can edit the album spreads after the design process is finished. If you do this you must remember to resave the files as JPEGS before uploading to our website. 

You will need to upload your album files to these specifications -  

Double page album spreads
File format:  JPEG
Colour space:  ADOBE RGB (1998) or sRGB
Pixels per inch:  300dpi



Our photographic papers

In the last few years photographers have leaned towards 'fine art' papers because they are usually heavier in quality and provide interesting surface textures or other characteristics that enhance the look and feel of photographic prints. These papers are also of a higher quality than regular printing papers, partly because of their heavier weight (more fibre is involved in their manufacture) but also because they are made to higher manufacturing standards than normal printing papers. Seldex have handpicked their Signature matte and lustre papers for use with binding based on overall quality, longevity and archival qualities. 

It is also important to note with these speciality papers, the process in manufacturing is that they are essentially made from a wood pulp process. Natural coloured fibres can be seen in the surface of the paper, this is not a fault… it just means that you have a paper that is made from a raw process and is not bleached or has added optical brighteners. 

Our Inkjet and fine art papers are acid- and lignin-free, which means they offer greater archival benefits than ordinary papers.  

When selecting fine art papers for printing, make sure you match the paper's surface to the type of photograph you plan to print. Some images - for example, weddings portraits - look best on soft, matte papers with a slightly warm tone. Others, like weddings, landscapes, buildings and product photographs, look best on our Lustre media.



Our printers

Seldex uses Canon IPF 8400 and 6400 inkjet technology. These inkjet printers use 12 Genuine Canon pigment inks that produce greater contrast, smoother colour gradations and deeper blacks (Dmax) therefore boasting the widest colour gamut available.  

Advantages- These aqueous inks are water based also making them environmentally friendly. Output in line with expected photographic workflows. Archival rating for various papers used on Inkjet are up to 150 years. Colour management is constant. 

Disadvantage – Requires extra colour management in monitor set up and post production.

When selecting fine art papers for printing, make sure you match the paper's surface to the type of photograph you plan to print. Some images - for example, weddings portraits - look best on soft, matte papers with a slightly warm tone. Others, like weddings, landscapes, buildings and product photographs, look best on our Lustre media.


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