Tips on Producing Print Ready Photography

I sat down with Plywerk founder and CEO, Kjell van Zoen to discuss some technical tips for making your prints look their best.

Learn how to make sure your photos keep the perfect colors you captured.
(Photo credit:Greg Lilly)

Sometimes prints come out just as vibrant as the pictures looked in the camera's viewfinder, and other times the colors aren't quite right. What are some of the factors that determine if a print turns out well?

First, the color settings need to be in RGB, not CMYK. If the image is in the wrong color-space, then the colors won't translate right and the print will look different than the image. The images should also have the right pixel-dimensions. Photographers can find out all they need to know in our FAQ

What resolution should pictures be in order to look their best on prints?

All pictures should be 300dpi. You can find the right resolution by multiplying the size of the panel you want by 300 (so a 5x10 inch panel will look best with a resolution of 1500 by 3000 pixels). People should keep resolution in mind when deciding how big of a panel to order.

Sometimes prints turn out great even with a resolution of less then 300 dots per inch, but we recommend higher resolution to ensure optimum quality. Unless you are taking pictures of the Loch Ness Monster, in which case you probably want a low resolution.
(Photo Credit Kim Nguyen)

Does Plywerk ever adjust photos to make prints come out with their fullest color?

No. We do not ever tamper with a photographer's work. We reproduce pictures with complete integrity. We don't presume to know the artist's intent with a given shot, so we always order the prints exactly as they appear when we receive them.

Editing this picture for maximum clarity would have ruined the art. We never change your pictures in any way, except for adding bamboo panels behind them.
(Photo credit: Melanie Vyvyan)

Is there anything photographers should be doing with camera settings to ensure their prints come out correctly, or is it all in post production?

Other than making sure the resolution is high enough and that they are using the RGB color-space, everything is post production. The potential issues all have to do with photo editing software and the file settings.

Now that you know how to master the technical side of things, tune in next week for a discussion on aesthetic choices that make for some of the Plywerkers' favorite prints.

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