Here at APIL, we have a strong background in fine art printing. Our founders have printed archival images for organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Walker Evans estate, as well as numerous professional photographers showing work in museums and galleries around the world. We are thrilled to bring this knowledge and experience to you.
Traditional, high quality print resolution is 300dpi (dots per inch). However with the increased quality of today's printers, and taking into account the nature of mobile art, 200dpi is also sufficient for an exceptional print. What this means is that in an ideal world, your print size would be the pixel dimension of your image divided by 200. Here are some examples.
Because we understand that the work you are submitting was made on devices like cell phones, and therefore do not have the same native resolutions of high-end digital equipment, we have built some up-resing assistence into our iPrints submission process. As a result, we are usually able to make an amazing print at any of our custom sizes from an image that is 2000x2000 or larger. Of course the higher the resolution the better.
If your image is lower than 2000x2000 pixels and you would like to make a larger print, you may need to do some additional up-resing. You can take a look at our up-resing tips and try it on your own - or you may submit your image to our iPrint technicians for custom up-resing. If you send us your image, there will be a one time $30 fee per image for the service. If we look at your image and feel it will not up-res well enough to print at your desired size, the $30 fee will be refunded.
Recommended color profiles are sRGB, Adobe RGB or Pro RGB. Most apps will automatically apply sRGB to your file, so you should be ok. However even with an appropriate color profile, color can vary from screen to screen, and from screen to print. The best way to see how the color of your file might shift when printed is to download our Print Sample Image, then order a print sample and compare how the print looks to how the file appears on your screen.
We currently require all images to be .jpg format for printing in the iPrints Store.
BLEED, TRIM AND BORDERS
It is important to note that all of our bamboo panels are made 1/8" to 1/2" less than the stated size. This allows your image to be mounted and trimmed to the size of the panel with a perfect, clean edge. This means that you will lose a small amount of your image when it is mounted. There are three terms you should be familiar with:
- This is the area of your iPrint that will be trimmed off when mounted.
- This is an area at the edge of your print that you should not place any critical visual information into.
- A border is an area around your image that acts as a frame. If you want to add a border to your iPrint, be sure it is at lease the size of our recommended minimum border.
• Bleed, Trim Zone, and Border apply to all four sided of your image (top, bottom, left and right)
• • Do not submit a print larger than the panel size you are selecting. If you select an 8x8 panel, submit an 8x8 print.