Being a newcomer to digital photography I found the following tips quite useful when preparing my digital photo files for printing:
When you’re looking for somewhere to print your digital photos remember to ask if they use a Fuji Frontier machine and print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper because these are really good quality.
- Ensure the colourspace is sRGB
- If your camera stores photos as JPEG’s it is imperative that you resave them as uncompressed TIFF‘s before making any changes such as resampling, cropping etc to avoid losing details
- Make sure you thoroughly understand how to correctly setup colour management for your Monitor, Printer and graphics application (eg: Photoshop) so that the photos look the same on screen as they do when printed
- Make sure all photos are set to print at 300 dpi (follow the instructions at Photoshop tips)
- Make sure that the aspect ratio of all files matches the print size or cropping will occur. For example when printing at 7 inch x 5 inch the image should be of size 2100 x 1500, (7x300dpi multipled by 5×300 dpi)