My print studio is located at:
Call 510 536-5889
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FILE TYPEs: The best file formats are TIFF, PSD, JPG, PDF, EPS. Sometimes BMP works well.
MODE: RGB is better than CMYK. CMYK may create color shifts. The printer prints in 8 bit. 16 bit images can be printed as well but will be transformed to 8 bit by the printer software. If you send me images in CMYK mode I will print them for you as CMYK.
RESOLUTION (DPI): Your images as a very general rule of thumb are best at about 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the actual size you want to print them. Other higher or even lower resolutions may print very well, depending upon your image. If you send me your image(s) I can look at them on the computer screen at their actual print size and see if the image looks printable for you. (Please note that by 300 dpi I mean that the image is 'truly' 300 dpi, and has not merely been assigned that resolution afterwards. Arbitrarily assigning an image a certain dpi does not make it that resolution, if the image is 'truly' lower than that. If you have any doubts it is best just to leave your image at the actual resolution it is and allow me to adjust the size.)
BORDERS: Important: Think about what kind of blank borders you would like around your print and what size they should be.
READY TO PRINT vs. EDITING: "Ready to print" means your image needs very little or no adjustment. "Editing" means we have to make adjustments to the size, borders, color, sharpness, cropping or other adjustments necessary to make your file print the way you would like. Editing is not expensive, and is pro-rated to the actual time I spend making the changes necessary. 15 minutes for example costs only $9.00 for this one-time only editing, and the results are saved to your file in my computer thus permanently memorializing the improvements for all future printing.
TURN AROUND TIME: If I have the OK to print and the media on hand I can often print the same day. Sometimes while you wait. Some tasks require more time, depending on what they are, especially scanning and color correction. Color adjustments can take some time, longer than you may wish to sit waiting. Printing and stretching canvases usually takes 3 days or so. If you need prints turned around in 24 hours or less there may be a 20% rush fee, depending on the amount of work needed on the image prior to printing.
TESTS / PROOFS: I highly recommend inexpensive printed test strips of your images prior to final printing, unless you are reasonably certain they are not needed. I can even mail you test strips for your review, saving you time traveling to my studio. Tests generally are about $2-3 each , depending on the size, number of tests and media. They can be extremely helpful in making the print the most accurate possible.
PAPERS / CANVASES / MEDIA USED and PRICES. On hand I mostly carry:
I also excellently varnish and stretch canvases over wooden stretcher bars and those tasks costs vary depending mostly the size of the work you want printed. I can send you very detailed quotes broken down by task and cost. My stretching canvases is almost always much less than having to frame your canvas print. Note: if you want to stretch canvas prints they should be varnished first, before stretching, not after, to protect them!
PRINTER / PRINT SIZES / INK TYPE: The printer is a new 44" wide Epson 9900 which uses 10 Epson Ultrachrome HDR pigmented inks. These are archival inks. I can print using “Matte Black” which means I print on matte media, or switch to "Photo Black" for glossy or resin coated prints. The printer prints up to 44” wide by much longer in the other dimension, and every size inbetween, to very small, as you like.
HOW TO GET YOUR IMAGES TO ME: You may bring your images on a CD, DVD or USB (jump/flash/thumb) drive. Or you can email them to me, or if too large use very easy FREE online FTP services such as hightail.com, dropbox or wetransfer.com, which let you send large files, or use another free FTP or file archiving site.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR ARTWORK DIGITIZED: I can scan your original flat artwork up to about 48x48", using a wide format Epson 11000 xl scanner (about 12x17”); works can be scanned in 2 or more pieces if necessary and perfectly joined in Photoshop at high resolution for between just $10 - $35 each work, depending on the size of your original. We can scan up to 1200 dpi or higher. Most images are scanned at 600 dpi or more or less which allows for enlargement of several magnitudes without any degradation of the printed image. If your artwork is larger than 48x48", I work with the Oakland-based photographer Dana Davis who can photograph your work very professionally.
SHIPPING: I can ship your work to you, or drop ship your work to a third party if you like. Usually I ship in very sturdy tubes.
DISCOUNTS: If we print 4 - 10 of any single image at one time, I usually give a graduated discount of 10%. 15% for 11-20 of a single image. 20% for 21 - 30. 25% for 31 or more. Discounts do not apply to images smaller than 8x10" because of the relatively large amount of handling of smaller images.
PAYMENT METHODS: Cash, or personal check made out to John Sheridan, or Paypal (use firstname.lastname@example.org as my Paypal account name.). If using Paypal may I request we split their fees 50-50 and add that to the total, usually 1.8% for each of us.
Please feel free to contact me ANY TIME with ANY QUESTIONS you may have. I'll be glad to answer you.
-- John Sheridan
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