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|Happy New Year
It is doubtful that our industry has ever seen so much change as it has over the last couple of years. Certainly Pounds has never been through anything like it and….it ain’t over yet. While we continue to accept film for processing and scanning, starting in late 2006, all our printing is now performed digitally to photographic paper, inkjet papers and most recently digital press. We want to thank you for the confidence you have shown in Pounds Labs over the years and let you know that as many products and services as we have added over the last few years, we expect to see as many if not more added in 2007.
|Big Print Special
Print Special – Save big on large prints
Here's how it works: Simply place an order for a big print (sizes 16x20 through 40x50) and automatically get it half off. It's that simple! The first print will be half price and additional prints from the same image/size will be at regular pricing. Finishing services are always available at regular pricing. This limited time offer does not apply to: Panorama Prints, Sports Posters, Gallery Wraps, or black and white printing.
Take advantage of our Big Print Special to spruce up your studio with new wall samples or use these lower prices to create your own studio specials to increase sales and boost profits.
Greeting Card Graphics
If you are not familiar with Gallery Wraps here’s a quick description. Your digital image is ink jet printed on fine art canvas and then mounted on 1 inch thick stretcher frames. The difference between a Gallery Wrap and a traditional stretcher frame canvas mount is that the image is printed with an extra border around the edge of the desired stated size. For example, for a 1 inch gallery wrap, a 16x20 becomes an 18 and 3/8’s by 22 and 3/8’s image. In this case, the stretcher frame the print is mounted on is still a 16x20 size so that the “extra” image can then be wrapped around the frame. The back is then finished with craft framing paper and a mounting bracket attached to the top back of the frame. The result is a finished product ready to go directly on your customer’s wall.
Prints in PROS
Design the banner layout in Photoshop (150 dpi works best), flatten the file and save as a JPEG (should be no larger than 70 MB). We provide the “footprint” in PROS into which you drop your JPEG. Note: Since these files are almost always combinations of several images, fonts and graphics we do not color correct these jobs. Images are then rendered to the satin fabric using a high end inkjet printer.
If you would like some banner design pointers, Suzette Allen, (CPP, Cr. Photog.) has an informative article about these banners on the ShootSmarter Web site. By the way, registration on the ShootSmarter site is free!
Image Hosting Without Commissions
Another plus is that the only branding on the ordering pages is yours. Your customers will see only your name on the Web page. Choose the basic service and the only reference to Pounds will be in the URL (ex: www.studioname.poundslabsonline.com ). For an additional fee we can even host your own unique domain name if you want the address to mention only your studio name.
of the other key points are:
The basic hosting service costs $7.50 per month plus 1 cent per month for each image hosted during that month. No commissions!
We will have more information available at Imaging USA. Pounds training workshops on the service will be offered starting in early February. If you are interested in signing up for the service, a workshop or just want a demonstration / more information contact us at email@example.com.
|A few more things...
USA – just a few days away.
We realize that there are situations in which you may need to or want to take complete control of all the image correction tools. In those situations you simply choose the No Color Correction option in PROS and we will print your images “as is”. In order for the prints you get back from us to look like what you see on your monitor it is critical that the monitor be stable and capable of being calibrated. You then need to use a calibration tool to get it properly balanced and profiled. Finally, to insure that the colors in your images are properly mapped from the file to the printers you should view and save your files in sRGB color space. Several other color spaces are larger but all photographic output devices use sRGB. If you view your images in another, larger color space, colors that fall outside of sRGB’s gamut may not reproduce the way you want them on the final print.
If you are new to the Non Color Correct workflow we encourage you to first make sure you monitor is properly calibrated and then contact customer service before you submit your first order to arrange for us to print a test print or two so that you can be sure that what comes back is what you were looking for. When you select No Color Correct we print the image as is to the print size requested and once that has been done there is no going back.
Many resources for professional photographers to learn about techniques and products exist on the internet. One that we have found to be particularly informative is ShootSmarter.com, especially for researching workflow, monitors, and calibration devices.
Bottom line, choosing the No Color Correct option in PROS will lower what you pay for prints. Only you can determine whether that savings is worth the labor and expense involved in assuming responsibility for color and density on your end.
a little LOVE in your photography!
If you want to learn more about what Kelly has in store and the details like: when, where and how much, just jump on over to her Love Addict Web site.
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