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File Preparation

Monitor Calibration & Image Correction

We advise working from a calibrated screen or monitor as this will ensure the most accurate reproduction from your computer compared to your final print.

There is a variety of calibration devices available. Once you have chosen a suitable brand for your computer, simply follow the instructions that will guide your through all of the steps and settings needed to calibrate your screen correctly.

SIMLAB does not, and cannot, apply any sharpening, colour correction or editing to your files.

The colour management of images is your responsibility so please supply your images with our recommended settings below to ensure the best accuracy possible.

Image Settings

Step 1 - Supply images in sRGB

Your images must be supplied in sRGB format to ensure the colours print as you are expecting.

To change colour settings in Adobe Photoshop, go to Edit / Convert to Profile and select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from the drop down.

We advise converting your image to the correct profile, not assigning it. This will ensure that the colours in your images print as close as possible to your expectations.

sRGB
Crop & 300DPI

Step 2 - Correct Crop Size & 300DPI

Please crop your images at your chosen print size and correct ratio at 300DPI. This will ensure your image prints with professional quality and detail even under close inspection.

We do not recommend using the online crop tool to zoom in on images or to adjust the ratio of your images if it does not match your selected print size. This process is better applied in photoshop or lightroom.

We require 5mm of bleed on every edge of your image that can be trimmed during printing. Please ensure all important elements in your image such as hands, heads, feet, text, logos etc are well within your safe margin and more than 5mm away from the edge of your picture.

Step 3 - Save in JPG Format

All images / files uploaded for print must be saved in a JPG format with the jpg quality set to 12.

This will ensure your file is compatible with our website and our printers as we do not accept TIFF, PDF or PNG file types, only JPG.

Save JPG Format
How to prepare print files

Setting Up Your Custom Print Size

For some of our hand finished products such as fine art prints or mounted prints, we are able to approximately trim to your desired size before dispatching your order. Upload requirements vary between different types of prints, but each product page has its own individual information on how to correctly upload your custom size image. Most importantly, you must let us know via the order comments when requesting an unusual size.

For standard photographic prints, we do not offer any bespoke trimming but you can still design a custom size print to trim down at home once you receive your order if required.

All sizes are trimmed by hand so final sizes are approximate and images will still require bleed when uploaded. Due to the hand finished nature of many of our products, all bespoke sizes will be approximate and cannot be guaranteed to the millimetre.

Prepare Your FIles

PREPARING YOUR FILES

Print Your Images At Their Highest Potential

Ordering your prints is designed to be as quick and easy as possible. To ensure your images print as you would expect, please read our requirements below and follow our simple steps to guarantee the most accurate results.

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File Preparation

Monitor Calibration & Image Correction

We advise working from a calibrated screen or monitor as this will ensure the most accurate reproduction from your computer compared to your final print.

There is a variety of calibration devices available. Once you have chosen a suitable brand for your computer, simply follow the instructions that will guide your through all of the steps and settings needed to calibrate your screen correctly.

SIMLAB does not, and cannot, apply any sharpening, colour correction or editing to your files.

The colour management of images is your responsibility so please supply your images with our recommended settings below to ensure the best accuracy possible.

sRGB

Image Settings

Step 1 - Supply images in sRGB

Your images must be supplied in sRGB format to ensure the colours print as you are expecting.

To change colour settings in Adobe Photoshop, go to Edit / Convert to Profile and select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from the drop down.

We advise converting your image to the correct profile, not assigning it. This will ensure that the colours in your images print as close as possible to your expectations.

Crop & 300DPI

Step 2 - Correct Crop Size & 300DPI

Please crop your images at your chosen print size and correct ratio at 300DPI. This will ensure your image prints with professional quality and detail even under close inspection.

We do not recommend using the online crop tool to zoom in on images or to adjust the ratio of your images if it does not match your selected print size. This process is better applied in photoshop or lightroom.

We require 5mm of bleed on every edge of your image that can be trimmed during printing. Please ensure all important elements in your image such as hands, heads, feet, text, logos etc are well within your safe margin and more than 5mm away from the edge of your picture.

Save JPG Format

Step 3 - Save in JPG Format

All images / files uploaded for print must be saved in a JPG format with the jpg quality set to 12.

This will ensure your file is compatible with our website and our printers as we do not accept TIFF, PDF or PNG file types, only JPG.

How to prepare print files

Setting Up Your Custom Print Size

For some of our hand finished products such as fine art prints or mounted prints, we are able to approximately trim to your desired size before dispatching your order. Upload requirements vary between different types of prints, but each product page has its own individual information on how to correctly upload your custom size image. Most importantly, you must let us know via the order comments when requesting an unusual size.

For standard photographic prints, we do not offer any bespoke trimming but you can still design a custom size print to trim down at home once you receive your order if required.

All sizes are trimmed by hand so final sizes are approximate and images will still require bleed when uploaded. Due to the hand finished nature of many of our products, all bespoke sizes will be approximate and cannot be guaranteed to the millimetre.