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How to Add a Vignette in Photoshop

Learning how to Add a Vignette in Photoshop is super easy. If you’re a Lightroom user then you will probably already be doing this with the Vignette slider in the Develop section. Super Super easy to do.

Add a Vignette in Photoshop like a boss!

In this video I go through how to do thisย the ‘manual’ way in Photoshop since there is no ‘Vignette Slider’ so to speak.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and any feedback that you may have, please leave a comment below!

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How to Add a Little Drama in Photoshop

Editing your photos shouldn’t have to be tough work. You should be able to add some pop to your photos in Photoshop in seconds not hours!

Add a little drama in Photoshop

In this video I’ll quickly show you a couple of tips to make your photos pop quickly and easily. These changes are with ‘adjustment layers’ the Curves adjustment layer and also a Photo Filter adjustment layer so they are non-destructive to the image and easily changed or reversed.

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Stretching Canvas Prints

Here’s a quick video of one of the guys here finishing stretching canvas prints here at InkFX. Check out the video below now!

Stretching Canvas Prints with love

We absolutely love what we do here and stretching canvas prints becomes a thing of beauty and joy when you really love what you do.

We absolutely love what we do here and this hopefully gives you a bit of a glimpse behind the scenes at how we go about creating our Award Winning Fine-Art products.

All of our canvases are produced inhouse right from the very start the File Preparation, Printing, Making of Stretching Frames, Stretching Canvas Prints, Packaging and Shipping ๐Ÿ™‚

We are able to also produce virtually any size canvas, including odd sizes. So if you have any ‘special’ requests let us know. We’re only a phone call away 1300 90 30 65.

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Are you a Pro Photographer?


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We’re currently looking for a few more Pro Photographers that would like to have their amazing work printed with a company that is obsessed with quality work and fanatical customer service.

Some of the benefits our Pro clients enjoy include:

  • Super Fast Turnarounds
  • Huge Discounts (From 10-50% off)
  • Free Shipping for All orders over $100
  • Highest Quality materials used
  • Personalized service (Call, TXT or Email us anytime!)
  • Super easy ordering Process (your details are stored for convenience, just login, add to cart and process!)
  • We can Drop Ship for you (Send your orders direct to your clients, no double handling!)
  • The opportunity to be featured on our Blog in our Photographer Spotlight section and have their best work featured!

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More PacPrint 2013 Updates

Wow! I just realized it’s been waaaay too long since writing a formal update for our blog. So here goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zac and I recently went down to Melbourne for PacPrint (Printing Trade show) and spent some time checking out all the latest equipment on offer from the various suppliers e.g. Epson, HP, Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Roland etc etc etc and the brands go on. Our main purpose for being there though was to really check out one of the newest Epson machines that we’re looking at getting for InkFX.

Me (Shane) standing in front of the new Beast (Epson’s latest 10 colour eco-solvent printer)

It’s a beast! We spent quite a few hours with the guys at Epson and our trade suppliers running samples and tweeking things to make sure the quality for what we do and for our clients is at it’s best! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re pleased to say that we’re more than thrilled with the results and are hoping to be able to get the machine in the next few weeks.

We actually took a few Canvases down from here that we had already printed on our current printers using the Hahnemuhle Daguerre canvas to compare. The color gamut of the new printers is amazing. Even the 4 color printer results were very impressive. Not quite good enough for what we’re after but good all the same!

We’ll keep you posted on this as to how the acquisition goes though. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Products

We’ve added a few new products to our range. Including Rolled Canvases:

Our Rolled Canvas – Supplied in a tube ready to be framed! Great for travelling or sending overseas!

We’ve also added ‘Poster Prints‘. They’re suitable for basic posters or large type prints that will either be framed OR laminated. Printed on a high quality Bond (Matte finish).

Here’s my new car! (in my dreams!!! LOL) getting a new car wrap

We’ll have some more good news shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun Friday is here, What are you up to?

WOW! What a week. We’ve printed some amazing work this week for our amazing clients. But now it’s Friday! And as we call it here at InkFX HQ – Fun Friday!

funWe’re still actually working here but we like to think we’re having a bit of a party while we’re working away! ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s been a big week with our Clearance Specials here (we’ve still got some left). We’re really trying to make as much room as possible for our massive shipment!

Thanks to everyone who has ordered so far. You’ve got some bargains. Please make sure you upload your images asap so we can get them out to you.

We hope you’ve had a GREAT week and if you have any questions or enquiries over the weekend feel free to shoot them thru. We’d love to hear from you! You can contact us anytime. We’ll probably have a few extra sizes added to our Clearance Specials.

Here’s a couple of canvases we’ve printed this week:


An absolutely stunning 20×30″ Canvas


Another Stunner!


A little close up of the corners and edging ๐Ÿ™‚


A beautiful Black and White ๐Ÿ™‚


Not your ordinary collage!! whoa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a GREAT weekend and let me know if we can do anything for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a comment below and let us know what you have planned for the weekend! (Starting with Fun Friday of course!!)

Welcome to our blog!

Well we’ve finally got our blog up and running! ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope you like it. We’ll share bits and pieces that are going on here at InkFX and also have tips and tricks that might help you out too.

To keep up to date with our site make sure you register for our newsletter updates too!

We’ve been printing lots and lots of canvases and we’ll be posting some images from behind the scenes here at InkFX too!

InkFX Photography

I often get asked if InkFX also does Photography. If there is an InkFX Photography arm of InkFX Printing?

Here’s a link to some of my photography work:

I’m currently not taking on any new Photography assignments at the moment. I absolutely love shooting but with our printing business InkFX Printing there’s very little time for me to get out and shoot. But I get a real buzz from seeing our amazing clients work and printing it for them.

We ship Australia wide and most orders ship next day or within 48 hours of ordering.

I have alot of photography contacts so if you’re looking for a Photographer in a certain area I might be able to put you onto someone.


How to Size Your Images Correctly

UPDATE: It doesn’t matter now if you resize your images for print as we are more than happy to do that for you and this will also ensure you’re getting the highest quality resize/result for your images.

One of the biggest challenges or problems that we see with files that are submitted for printing are that they are not sized or in the correct dimensions for the size that is ordered correctly either the actual size of the image is too small or too big or the resolution is not correct.

Here’s a few instructions to help you get it right first time every time.

Go toย IMAGE > IMAGE SIZEย (In Photoshop or Elements or whatever program you’re using) If it’s not the exact same menu there will be something similar.

BUT, it is MOST important that your images are the correct RATIO for print. See below image. The only trick is to make sure that you have Unchecked ‘Resample Image’ (that means resize) and you don’t want to resize your image, you just want to see what dimensions that it will work with.

So this is where you can have some fun and just now enter whatever Width (24 as this example) or Height (36 as this example) that you want to check. If the dimensions match for the size you want to order that’s great and it means that your image does not need to be cropped to work.

If it does not match as example if you wanted a 24 x 36″ Print but you checked in here (IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE) menu and found that your image was actually 24.5″ x 36″ instead. All this means is that we have to crop 0.5″ off. Ideally you would crop it to the correct size that way you know exactly what has to be cropped and what can stay! Or if you want to trust us to do it that’s fine and we can email you a proof before printing so you can see what will be cropped etc.

Image Size Menu explained:

So for this image you can see that the size is set to 30 Inches by 30 Inches (Square) at 300 Pixels per Inch.

If 30 x 30″ was the finished size this would be perfect. But if the client wanted it to be 24 x 24″ or 12 x 12″ then it would be incorrect.

So what do you do or how do you make your image smaller? or Larger?

Let’s try a smaller one first. Here’s how it should look for a 12 x 12″ Image. After the settings are like this just click “OK” to apply them.

This will allow Photoshop to work it’s magic and resample the image. You don’t have to worry it will do a wonderful job and most importantly reduce the size of the file! That makes all of us happy!

You might be thinking or wondering what resolutions do I need to provide my images.

300dpi is great for all photographic prints at the FINISHED SIZE e.g. if it’s a 12 x 18″ that size and 300dpi. 300dpi works great for Canvas prints but 240dpi is fine too or even 210dpi is fine too. For a fine-art canvas I’d personally stick to 300dpi or 240dpi.

Now to enlarge your image your settings should look something like this:

You can see the size is set to 60 x 60″ the Finished size with 300dpi (PPI) as the Resolution and we’ve used Bicubic Smoother as the Interpolation method (that’s fancy talk for the way that Photoshop will interpret the data and how it will work out what new pixels to add to your image to make it look awesome!) – Don’t worry Photoshop does a good job at this.

If you want a better/best job you will want specialist enlarging software like Genuine Fractals ‘Perfect Resize Pro’ย OR ‘PhotoZoom Pro‘ย but normally Photoshop will be fine for enlarging up 200-300% But if you’re unsure or you don’t have the software leave it to us as we are happy to take care of this! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just get your IMAGE SIZE RATIO correct and and give us the biggest file you have (most pixels) and we’ll be laughing!


3 Day Special

Take advantage of this special offer now! Only 5-Disc Sets available for the first 5 who order now! You can give us your images ‘later’ / after you order (e.g. if you are not ready to print your files right now that’s fine. Order now and then give us your images in a few days or next week or whenever!). Offer expires this Friday 11th August 2012.

If you are an ‘Elements’ user then I will give that DVD to you instead. Just make sure you write ELEMENTS TRAINING DVD in the comments section when checking out!