A general guide for optimum quality prints is to ensure your files are 300dpi at the size you wish to print.
Smaller files can still give a good print and wth our special software can be further optimised for good results.
40x60" or 101x152cm is our maximum print size.
TIFF or JPEG files are preferred. We recommend Adobe RGB 1998 or sRGB.
PDF files need to be converted to JPEG before uploading and corrected if necessary for the slight changes that can occur when converting.
Keep in mind that there will always be a minimal loss of image around the edges so ensure text is kept at least 5mm from the sides.
We will do all we can to hold a tight cutting tolerance for your exact size ordered. We use a metal shear to finish the edges, so there can be a variance +/- 1-4mm and thin black lines that are less than 1/4" on the edges are not recommended.
Occasionally you may need to work with the only file available and when printed that image may not be perfectly sharp. If viewed from a distance there is usually no issue but at a certain point it will be a personal opinion as to whether the file is good enough to be printed.
We will personally check every file that is ordered. If we have any concerns or think your file won't reproduce well, we will contact you to discuss before printing. We may advise a smaller print, a larger file or give a refund if the job doesn't go ahead.
Print 2 Metal view files on high quality monitors and calibrate to ICC standards. This ensures we are viewing the correct colour of your image.
At Print 2 Metal we have a closed loop calibration system including a sophisticated RIP which means we do the work and you’ll have less issues with colour management.
If your monitor is not regularly calibrated there is likely to be a variation between the colour of an image on your computer screen and the finished product. Also keep in mind a transmittive image on screen will always be slightly different to the reflective output on metal.
If unsure of the colour to expect we advise you to get small proofs printed by a good photolab to see if they match your screen.
Proofs from your files to be printed can always be posted to us to use as an extra guide to colour. They will be returned with your metal prints.