Browse the menu bar on our website to order prints on a wide variety of materials. Our Express Prints and Economy Express Prints on photographic paper are offered in 24 sizes and 3 paper surfaces. Classic photo prints are also sold in frames with mats. In addition, we offer prints on specialty materials including canvas, wood, metal, self-adhesive fabric and fine art paper.
You must have a calibrated monitor. We recommend that you use a hardware calibration method. We use the X-rite i1 Pro. The Spyder by Colorvision, the Colormunki and others are also great choices.
We can make overall color and density adjustments to your images. You are encouraged to instruct us whether to make adjustments or not. Digital camera users seeking an easy way to get good-color prints typically want us to optimize their photos, while those who perfect their own images in Photoshop prefer that we leave them alone. In the absence of instructions, our decision to adjust will be based upon the following: If the files appear to be unedited images from a digital camera, we will adjust color and density as we see fit. If the files appear to be edited in any way, we will print them as-is. Color-correction is not available on Economy Express prints.
Standard sizes for our Frontier printer includes wallets, 3.5”x5”, 4”x4”, 4”x5”, 4”x5.3”, 4”x6”, 5”x5”, 5”x7”, 5”x7.5”, 8”x8”, 8”x10”, 8”x12”, 8.5”x11”, 9”x12”, 10”x10”, 10”x15”, 11”x11”, 11”x14”, 11”x16.5”, 11”x17”, 12”x12”, 12”x16” and 12”x18”.
Larger sizes and custom sizes are available as Fine Art Prints (see Display Prints).
Our Frontier printer is designed to print on cut sheets of paper. We offer a selection of standard photofinishing sheet sizes including sizes proportional to digital camera format, common film formats and popular frames. The image from a file is interpreted to fill the selected sheet size of paper, without borders. If the proportions of the file do not match the proportions of the sheet, the image is scaled to fill the paper and the mismatch is cropped off and discarded. On request, we can “fit in” to the paper size to make a full-frame print with white borders on 2 sides.
Express Prints from our Frontier printer are produced on color photographic paper, but we regularly send images without color tone to this equipment with good results. Minor variations in the chemical process will cause visible color shifts on monochrome prints. We cannot guarantee perfectly neutral grayscale prints on photographic paper designed for use with RA4 chemistry and tonal variations are to be expected.
For true neutral black & white prints, we offer Fine Art pigment prints.
Standard practices for designing a layout apply. It is especially important to pay attention to the relationship of your image to the edges of the sheet of paper. There are mechanical considerations to accommodate when full-bleed printing is done. “Full-bleed” means you are printing edge-to-edge on the paper, with no border. Our Frontier printer is similar to an optical enlarger in the way it approaches this goal. The image projected onto the sheet of paper is sized to be slightly larger than the actual size of the paper. The exact amount of overspill depends on the print size. Prints up to and including 4”x6” have a 12-pixel overspill on each edge.
Larger prints have an 18-pixel overspill on each edge. Keep in mind that the purpose of the overspill is to accommodate slight misalignments that occur as the paper is moved through the printer. The actual overspill may not be uniform on all sides of the print. This means that there shouldn’t be significant components of the image that are quite close to the edge. We suggest a minimum of 36 pixels space from the image edge be allowed for important parts of the image. In designing graphics, hairline borders should be avoided, as they require both centering and skewing tolerances that are beyond the capabilities of the Frontier.
The optimum file size for printing on our equipment is 300ppi at the desired print size. As a rule of thumb, you can successfully print one size larger and two sizes smaller from a given file size. To go more than two sizes smaller, the file should be interpolated down in an image editing application such as Photoshop and saved as a different file. Magnifying the image more than one size can be successful, but much depends on the original image.
For photographic prints, we use Fuji Crystal Archive paper in matte, lustre (Super Type PD) and glossy finish. Standard Fine Art Prints are printed on PremierArt 270 Photo Rag Smooth, PremierArt 310 Watercolor Paper, Arista 252 Photo Glossy and Epson 260 Photo Lustre. Premium Fine Art Prints are printed on Hahnemühle 308 Photo Rag Matte, Hahnemühle 305 Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, Hahnemühle 310 Photo Rag Satin, Hahnemühle 315 Photo Rag Glossy and Hahnemühle 340 Photo Rag Metallic.
To deliver a file, we recommend our WETRANSFER page found here or Dropbox at dropbox.com. We are happy to email you a Dropbox invitation on request. Phone 805-965-1832 or 800-207-7927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project.
We recommend JPEG at compression level 9 or higher. Please choose Baseline (“Standard”) as the compression format. Do not use Progressive JPEG compression.
We have found almost no visible artifacting to occur if you use JPEG compression at level 9 or higher. Just be sure not to keep opening a jpeg, editing, then saving again. This is where loss occurs.
When you work with a sequence of numbered file names, a common problem is that the names get sorted in the wrong order. This is because file names are always treated as text, not as numbers, and alphabetically “10.jpg” comes before “1.jpg”. The solution is to “pad” the name with zeros. This means to make the names all have a certain length (say 4 characters), by adding (or “padding”) the name with extra “0”’s. These extra zero’s come before the actual number. For instance: 0001.jpg, 0002.jpg, 0003.jpg, 0004.jpg, 0005.jpg, 0006.jpg, 0007.jpg, 0008.jpg, 0009.jpg, 0010.jpg, 0011.jpg, etc. Zero-padded names will sort the same way alphabetically as numerically.
Apple computers come with a file organizing and sharing program called iPhoto. It has a feature which allows a selection of image files to be burned to a CD for sharing with other iPhoto users. Unfortunately, it creates several versions if the image files, most of which are unusable for printing, and scatters them throughout a lot of folders. The end result is that we cannot be sure if we are printing the right files. Please do not use iPhoto to deliver files to us. Rather, select your image files, export them out of iPhoto and burn them to CD or deliver them electronically.
Yes. We process C41 and Black & White film in “dip and dunk” processors.
You can order online, or fill out our Order Form, then send us your film. Package your film and Order Form in a box or padded envelope and send it to us using your favorite shipper.
Or, for your convenience, purchase our $5 Shipping Kit and we'll send you a bubble mailer for your film, order forms and a postage-paid shipping label addressed to our lab. To pay online, print Order Forms or order Shipping Kits, go to https://colorservices.com/film-processing
Mail your package to: Color Services, 230 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.