The following steps are a guide to those of you who have Photoshop and would like DS Colour labs to print off your images. This is the way I do it, but others might have another ways. Basically I create a new document in Photoshop and paste my image onto the new document. I then brightened the image and save it as a JPEG, then I download it onto the DSCL site.
So this is how I do it.
- Go to the DSCL website and find the printing size you want, write down or remember the size needed. As a rule I use the 12X16” print size or smaller.
- Open up your image in Photoshop, making sure it is processed and to your liking.
- Open up a new document in Photoshop by going to file – NEW- Name the new document as required. Change the Width to inches and Height to inches,
Change the values in each to those you want for printing for example 12×16”.
Change resolution to 300. Colour mode should be RGB and Background contents should be White.
- Go to your image and flatten your layers. Now select (CMD A) your image and copy (CMD C).
- Go to your new document and paste (CMD V) your image into it. Your image should be larger than the new document in which case Free Transform (CMD T keeping the perspective) your image and resize as required. Once re-sized brighten your image by at least +10 using a brightness and contrast layer. The reason for doing this is because our monitors have light at the back
of them and printers don’t so your image always looks brighter on your screen than what it really is.
- Go back to your original image and UNDO your action to flatten your image. Close this document down you no longer need it.
- Go back to your new document and SAVE AS the document ensuring that you save it as a JPEG, the quality must be 12 and at Maximum.
- Close down your new document or you can if wish save this too as a PSD or another file extension.
- Go to DS colour Labs site and download your images. The site will take you to the final page showing you what your images will look like. If you have
chosen the right size there should be no issues.
If you image when pasting onto your new document is smaller than the new document do not free transform to make it bigger this will spoilt the image (unless it is less than 10% of the original size). Go back to your original image and either resize it using photoshop or use one of the applications available to you. I use ON 1 resize application for this.