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How to Quickly Tell if Your Image is the Right Ratio to Print

Hey there groovers, well in todays little tip I’m going to show you how to SUPER SUPER Quickly tell if your image is the right ‘Ratio e.g. Width and Height for the Canvas or Photographic Prints you want to order.

STEP 1: Select the Crop Tool.

STEP 2: Enter the Width e.g. 30 in or whatever you want to check. For this example let’s check to see if a 30″ wide by 20″ high will work.

STEP 3: Enter the Height (20 in), then click the TAB key or hit the Enter key.

Then our crop tool will show us, either it will go to the edges of our image or it will crop part of the top or the sides off. This does not actually crop our image UNTIL we click the Commit button, hitting enter/return or double clicking inside the crop area. If part of your image needs to be cropped that’s fine you can take care of it immediately and position the crop box where you want it on your image for the best result.

How to Upload Your Images to InkFX Printing

So you want to order some prints, canvases or other printing from Ink FX Printing! Great stuff.

The first thing you need to do is place your order!

Step 1

Order all the products you want.

Step 2

Once your order is complete and your payment has been made you can then upload your images for your order.

You can always find all of your orders (Order History) herehttps://www.inkfx.com.au/store/order-status/ it will look something like this (see below).

You just need to click on the ‘Orange‘ order number to check the full details of your order and then upload your photos for your order. Once you click on the link to your order or enter the Order number you will see something like this below.

Then just click on ‘Upload Files’

Then you can just click the ‘Select Files’ OR Just drag and drop your files to be uploaded into the box (dashed border box) and they will begin to upload.

This is How you Upload Your Images at InkFX Printing. If you have any questions, feedback/suggestions or issues let us know!

Gift Certificates Now Available

Hey there guys and gals. We’re excited to announce that we now have Gift Certificates available all sorts of prices from $20.00 up. We can do custom amounts if we don’t have the amount you’re after.

Click here to get your InkFX Printing Gift Certificate now that can be used for any of our products or services!

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 to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE (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’ OR ‘PhotoZoom Pro‘ 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! 🙂 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!

Competition Winner – Petrea Lynch

**COMPETITION WINNER** for Squares & Rectangles:

1st Prize: Petrea Lynch 
(20 x 30″ Hahnemuhle German 400gsm Fine-Art Canvas).

I know I say this every time but this was actually a real toughy to judge. There were a couple of times that we almost had a different winner as I was contemplating the entries but I’d like to make honorable mention to the following who all will get a 25% Discount Voucher off their next order. To claim you must contact me at shane@inkfx.com.au and I will email you the voucher valid for the next 60 days:

• Sharon Kavanagh
• Shane Walker
• Peter Rowe
• Eileen Brooks
• Nessy Eyles
• Julien Johnston
• Rebecca Potter
• Wendy Maley
• Sarah Van Dyck
• Julie Grattan
• Don Taylor
• Tim Kiesman
• Meggy Lawrence
• Andy Garlepp
• Steve Lovegrove
• Lee Henley Photography

Thanks again for entering! It’s been great fun and fantastic entries!! 🙂 Keep your eye out for the next competition.

New Macro/Close Ups Competition Winners

Big Congratulations to all our entrants in our latest Facebook competition.

What another GREAT competition with very high quality submissions!

Once again judging has been most difficult and there were quite a number of images that could have easily won. THANK YOU for entering. You gotta be in it to win it! I’ve also listed my shortlist below for our finalists. (My apologies if I’ve spelt anything wrong!!). We’ve also currently got our Raffle going for a FREE Canvas and we’ll announce another competition later today! 🙂 Thanks again and congrats to our 3 winners!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!

Please send me an email to shane@inkfx.com.au and we’ll organize your prints of your images (+ send me your postal address).

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1st. Prize Carol Baynton (Amazing Bug)

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(Prize 12 x 18″ Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin Print)

2nd. Prize Sarah Donoghue (Flower)

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(Prize 11 x 14″ Metallic Bright White Print)

3rd. Prize Don Taylor (Snake)

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(Prize 11 x 14 Exhibition Luster Print)

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Competition Finalists:
– Cathie Tranent
– Michelle Litchfield
– Penny Kittel
– Julie Grattan
– Gail Douglas
– FNQ Photography
– Jodie Turner

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