Printing your images through FinerWorks is pretty straight forward however problems that can affect the ability to print your image accurately can occur when people have utilized more advanced imaging techniques that might cause problems with how an image is correctly read. Below are 3 quick tips that will alleviate potential problems in printing.
Flatten All Layers
Not doing this has the greatest potential in altering how an image prints in comparison to how it might be viewed on your screen. This is primarily with TIF or Photoshop files which are utilizing layers. The problem with submitting an image in which you have created masking or other layers, is sometimes these are not recognized correctly or even ignored by other programs that might be used to process the file for printing. This can lead to unexpected alterations in color. In some cases filter effects you want to be printed which rely on these layers might have been ignored as well. To eliminate any potential loss to the image, make sure you have flattened any layers in files before you submit them for printing.
Stick with the most common color profiles used by Photographers regardless if you are printing artwork or photography. This means sRGB, AdobeRGB and ProPhotoRGB. Those who are used to other formats of printing such as those in the commercial world might be tempted to submit CMYK images. While we can print CMYK filed, there is the potential for colors to not appear correctly when an image is introduced to our RGB color workflow.
Choose a Correct Size
Choose a size that most closely matches the original aspect if you want to minimize or eliminate some of your image being cropped. Remember that if your image file is more rectangular than the print size you select, or squarer than the print size you select, cropping will occur.