Poster Jet Studio
Image Specs and other information for Quality Results

Scanned Photos and Slides
Use the highest resolution you can. We suggest no less than 300 dpi, but if you can scan at 600 or 1200 dpi, you will get a better poster when we blow it up and RIP it to print at 300-720dpi on the finished poster. Make sure you clean the original as well as the glass of the scanner. A speck of dust, creases, ball point pen writing on the back of the photo may be noticeable on the enlargement.

We can scan your photo print, slide or 35mm negative using our high resolution scanner for just $5 more. We will make minor corrections to defects such as contrast and faded color. More extensive retouching ot restoration is additional

The original will, of course, be returned to you. Sandwich them between two pieces of stiff cardboard so they will not be damaged, punctured or bent  in the mail. A padded envelope is not necessary and useless. Cardboard the thickness of a cereal box will do.

Digital Cameras
Older or inexpensive cameras with low resolution produce digital files with very low resolution.  At least a 2 Mexapixel is recommended for 18"x24" enlargements and 3 MP and above works very well for 24"x36" and larger enlargements. A large image size at 72 dpi resolution is better than a small image at 72 dpi resolution.

Three (3) mexapixel camera should be set to 3 megapixels (fewer images on the media card) in order to make files with enough resolution which can be blown up to poster size prints. If your image is only 72 dpi (the resolution most often used for web publishing or video viewing, we employ special fractal interpolation software to soften the pixilation that occurs when you blow up a low resolution image in order to obtain reasonable acceptable results. The resolution of printed posters may be 300 dpi instead of our usual 720dpi.

Copy the file on a CD or floppy disk. We can read directly from most media cards but it is not necessary to send these.

Please print out an 8 1/2x11 B&W of the image you want us to use and indicate any cropping or special instruction on this B&W. Make sure you indicate the NUMBER OR NAME of the file. We will return your floppy, zip, CD or camera media with your job.

JPEG or JPG files which are 72 dpi and we use special interpolation fractal software to ramp up the size so it prints without pixilation or distortion, but the enlarged image will not be sharp.  We do not suggest posters larger than 18x24.

GIFS may not give you the best results in terms of color saturation due to the fact that they were designed to display on line.

Data Information. If you put date and time on your original photo, we can remove that through cropping or retouching for a $10 charge. If you want the camera generated information to appear in the finished print, please confirm this fact in your instructions.

JPEG

Uncompressed JPEG file with a minimum of 150 dpi is best.


TIFF or TIF

TIFF files you be saved with "compression off" Tiffs are easy to work with and usually result in great looking printing. Reduce file size by making file no more than 1/3rd desired print size, flattening layers, using WinZip or Stuffit. If you have a color profile embedded in your file, our rip software will utilize it for color management.

GIF  (Graphic Internet File) Not recommended.   They are usually low resolution and limited color intensity.  These will be very choppy and not pleasing if they are enlarged.

PNG (Portable Network Graphic) We have MS Digital Image Pro software and can open this in it's native program. However, it makes a very large file. Flatten layers and convert to  Tiff or PDF file.

WMF Windows Metafile. Many clip art sources use WMF format. These can be used for Microsoft Office applications. Be sure to embedd type fonts and images in your file.

BMP  (Bitmap)

PSD (Photoshop Document)  Flatten layers to make the file smaller.

PDD (Photoshop Image Ready) Best for on-line RGB images. Set up and save your file for Postscript Printing using PDF, PSD, or PDF files "optimized for high quality printing".


Postscript Files (Adobe) EPS
Never a problem. Make sure you "optimize for printing" File needs to be CMYK not RBG. Please do not add crop marks, registration marks or color bars to your image.

We can print EPS or PSD. If you embed color profiles in your job, we will use them rather than our color management profiles. If there are exact PMS color matches required, please specify PMS colors.

Other Adobe Applications

We can print from PageMaker (PM), Illustrator (.AI). Other application require you to export your job into a PDF format or EPS file with embedded fonts and images or saved as publication with all files supplied.

Large Reflective Fine Art
Have a digital image made with a high resolution digital camera or 4x5 color transparency. Make sure original is lighted with the same K temperature of light finished print will be eventually used.

We can work with 35MM or 4"x5" transparencies and make a scan at the resolution required for the output size you desire. If your original is under 10" x 14", we can scan it directly.

Otherwise, we can have your original artwork scanned by a reliable trade source using large flatbed or a drum scanner. The shipping, handling and insurance costs will be additional.

Kodak Photo Disk
Copy the image you want printed onto a floppy disk, CD-R, CR-RW, DVD  or send us the entire Kodak Photo CD making note of the image ID# and description
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Low Resolution 72 dpi images
We can process 72 dpi images satisfactory without square pixilation using special fractal software, however, there is a dramatic improvement in sharpness when the resolution is at least 150 dpi. Do not change resolution yourself since we must use special software to take your small 72 dpi photo image to a poster size image at a higher resolution. If you alter the resolution, this may make the process at our end not as successful as we like to see. We will do the best with what you are able to supply.

Microsoft Office Applications
We can print directly from MS Windows applications such as Word , Excel, Power Point or Publisher. Make sure you change document size in page setup to the size and proportion of the finished poster you want. Also make sure images files are CMYK not RBG and send us all images and fonts embedded in document. Low resolution images embedded in document will be fuzzy. Use higher resolution JPEG. Image which view well on screen as web images are generally only 72 dpi. Printing with ink requires at least 150-300 dpi.

Corel Draw V9.0: Save as Adobe Illustrator format or convert to PDF or EPS format.

Quark: Send PDF or EPS file

Print Shop Pro Publisher (Broderbund)  V15.0 We can open the various project files.  Set up page to the size poster you want. However, please convert to PDF "professional printing".
 

We will try to work with whatever you have or can supply, but unless we feel we can make an acceptable poster, we will not proceed with your order.

OTHER INFORMATION

Please identify your image and use same id on your order!
If you send us multiple images such as on CD's or negative strips, please make sure you identify the image number.

How to Photograph Artwork for Reproduction.

If you are reproducing a painting or other works of art and it's too large to scan, please see "How to Photograph Artwork"6

Where to find photographic images for your projects.

Photographs other than those you have taken yourself are "copyrighted". Photographers often put make their work available for use for commercial or non-commercial use through by granting the user a license for specific use and a specific period. The photographer is compensated through payment of a "royalty" or else a flat fee which enable the user to use the image. The photographer still owns the the image under copyright laws regardless and the user may be required to print a "copyright notice".

The are some sources where photographers allow anyone to use their images free and only ask for credit. Most publishing software have collections of images on CD or at on-line sites available to the registered users of their products. Adobe had links to royalty free images as well as images which can be used for a free.

Also, there are many sources where photographic images can be viewed and the image file downloaded after a fee is paid through a shopping cart system. The price varies based on the resolution and/or file size. Please keep in mind that if your want to acquire an image through one of these sites, you need a high resolution or at least 300 dpi resolution for printing this image. The lower cost 72 dpi resolution images are suitable for web publishing.  Here is a link to about 150 web sites offering photographic images for a fee.

Understanding Cropping and Proportion Options

If your original image can be enlarged to the poster size you desire without cropping ONLY IF the PROPORTIONS OF BOTH ARE THE SAME. Otherwise we must make your image fit the poster. Click here for  an explanation of  proportion, cropping and border examples. We need to know your preference before we can print your job. If there is a specific object or feature in the photo, which is not obvious and which is important to you, please give us instructions.

Color  Management  (RGB vs CMYK)
 
Please remember that printing with inks utilize four inks-Cyan,Magenta,Yellow, Black (K) (CMYK) to reproduce your image, whereas what you see on your monitor is made with three beams of light-RedGreenBlue (RGB).  We use color managements tools to calibrate our monitors and printers. For best results, convert your RGB image to CMYK mode, although our software will do this automatically convert your RGB image to CMYK. We use 2 shades of magenta and 2 shades of cyan to obtain the widest color gamut possible.
 
We provide for "pleasing color" using color calibrated monitors and printers, ink and media profiles and artistic experience and judgment. We will adjust brightness, shadows, contrast, color balance to make you a "pleasing color print". We take extra care of "artistic prints" using professional judgment to make a superior print.
 
If you want  precise color, please embed a "color profile" in and use  TIFF format for your image, or if a graphic, specify PMS color numbers within a PDF file with all type fonts and images embedded.
 
Art giclee prints should be proofed and require a proofing and correction step for each image.

Getting your images to us

1. Upload one or multiple files up to 25MB  to our server
       http://www.posterjetstudio.com/upload.asp

2. Email your file as email attachment (Great for files less than 5MB and for novices)
       orders@posterjetstudio.com

2.  Upload larger files up to 300MB  to a 3rd party site where we will retrieve them
       http://www.sendthisfile.com
             use our account:  orders@posterjetstudio.com   PW=1921STF
                     send to our email address  orders@posterjetstudio.com
                     use comment section for your name and description
                      we will get email to that your file is available for us to download

3.   Burn file(s) on CD or DVD and mail it to us:
                      Poster Jet Studio
                      1921 Wharton Rd  
                      Jenkintown, PA 19046

4.  Mail original photo, slide or negative to us to scan at above address.

Please call us at 800-545-8423 9AM-4PM EST if you have any problems or questions.

We look at each file before we prepare for processing and will not proceed with your job if there is any doubt we can not do a GREAT job with it.