Guidelines for submitting digital files

Thank you for choosing Fine Print Imaging as your digital printer.  The following instructions will help you prepare your files for our work flow and ensure predictable and satisfactory results.  Please keep in mind that the colors produced by our printers may not exactly match what you see on your monitor.  Calibrating your monitor and applying our color profile to your image will greatly help your monitor produce an image that is very close to what our printers will produce.  The best way to ensure color and density matching is to include a physical guide print.  We also suggest ordering a proof print on any image Fine Print Imaging is producing for the first time.  This gives you a chance to preview and approve the image before ordering final prints.

Your Computer

When you view an image on your monitor to analyze color and density, there are several steps that should be taken to ensure your computer and monitor are producing an accurate image.

The first and most important is having a quality monitor that is properly calibrated.

If you are working in Adobe Photoshop, you can set up your work environment to match ours.  Set your RGB workspace to Adobe RGB 1998. Photoshop can prompt you if an image is not in this workspace and can convert it for you.  If your image contains layers, be sure to flatten it before you convert to a different workspace.

Some image editors, like Adobe Photoshop, will accept printer profiles that will enable you to soft proof an image.  You will need to download our output profile for the appropriate printer, and applying it within your image editor.  Before taking this step, please read the instructions for the appropriate printer because profile application varies by printer.

Your Image File

  • There are several steps that should be taken to ensure image quality and avoid file handling charges.  Your file will be print-ready if the following criteria are met.
  • All files should be a flattened, 8 bit, non-compressed, TIFF, with no Alpha channels, and in the Adobe RGB 1998 work space.
    All dust and scratch removal, image sharpening, or other manipulations should already be performed.
  • Make sure the image is sized and cropped to desired output dimensions.  Optimal resolution is achieved at 300 ppi, at your output dimension.  If you interpolate to achieve this size and resolution, expect loss of sharpness and quality.  Resolutions as low as 200 ppi can still result in a quality print.
  • File names should not exceed 30 characters.
    The name of the image file should match the image title on your order form.
  • If you would like a border around your image, Fine Print Imaging can include a custom sized white border.  If you desire a black or any colored border, you will need to include the border in your file.
  • If your image will be printed on our Chromira printer, please embed the appropriate output profile within the image file.  Please do not embed output profiles on files intended for Epson or Roland printing.
  • When sending files on a CD, please only include the print-ready file or files that will be produced.  Fine Print Imaging also offers an FTP service that can be set up by contacting our customer service department.