As a general guide on image preparation prior to printing we have compiled the following notes which you may find helpful. However, if you require more information then please don’t hesitate to contact Robert at Dorset Photographic. Alternatively, just place your order as we always check every image file and if we have any concerns we will consult you before printing.

We stock a range of fine art and resin coated papers; for more details, please see the Papers page. For pricing please refer to the Prices page and to place your order please go to the Print Shop.

We recommend the following steps when preparing your images for printing:

Image Format

Once your images are ready to print, we prefer to receive them as high resolution jpeg images. This will enable you to upload your images quicker and will not result in any loss of quality when printing. However, we are also happy to accept images in tiff format.

Image Resolution

300 dpi or the highest native resolution you have (we can upscale if necessary).

For vector images created on a computer, then we suggest 360 dpi to avoid the possibility of unwanted moiré patterns appearing on the print.

I.C.C. Profile

To ensure accurate printing, your digital file should have an I.C.C. colour profile embedded; either ProPhoto RGB, Adobe RGB (1998) or Adobe sRGB. For B&W images, Grayscale is fine.

To capture a wider range of colours we would recommend using either ProPhoto RGB or Adobe RGB (1998) for the colour mode on your camera as they both have a wider colour gamut than Adobe sRGB. If the image is also to be used online then we would suggest making a copy of the image and converting it to the Adobe sRGB colour profile.

Image Size

Our pricing is in metric (cm) for “A” sizes and in imperial (inches) for other sizes, however we can print using metric or imperial measurements, so please just prepare your images to the print size you require.

White Border

Prints can be edge to edge (full bleed) or with a white border.

Our standard border size is 6mm on all sides (to allow the print edges to be held in place by a mount). If you prefer to have a different border size then please select “Custom Border” when ordering and use the “Order Notes” box at checkout to provide details of the border dimensions you require.

If a white border is required please reduce your image size to accommodate the border. For example, if you require an A4 print with a 6mm white border on all sides then the image size should be 278mm x 198mm.

How We Check Your Images

On receipt of your image files we check them carefully on our calibrated monitor before printing. If we spot any small blemishes, we will retouch them at no extra charge. We will check colour space (I.C.C. profile), image size and resolution. If the resolution is too low for a good quality print at the required size, then we will upscale if we consider that this will result in better print quality. If we think your image might benefit from a small amount of sharpening then we will do this before printing.

Please select the “No Editing” option when ordering if you would prefer us not to perform any minor adjustments to your image.

If you require a full retouching and restoration service, then please see our page on Retouching.

Should we have concerns about any aspects of your image files then we will contact you before printing.

How To Order Prints

Head to the Print Shop and start by selecting one of the fine art or resin coated papers from the choice available. You will then be able to select a Print Size and a Border option. There is also and Image Editing option where you can either allow us to make any minor edits at our discretion or opt for no editing. Use the Image Upload link to send us your image file, preferably in .jpg format. We also accept .tiff format, however the file will take much longer to upload. When the image has uploaded (it may take a minute or so) you will see a message at the top of the page to let you know that the print order has been added to the basket. If you have more prints to order then repeat the steps above before clicking on View Basket and proceeding to the checkout.

Problems Uploading Your Image

If you encounter problems with the image upload, we suggest that you continue with your order and then send us your image(s) via WeTransfer.