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  • How can I get my prints to look the way they do on my monitor?

    Many of you have asked how to make image files that produce prints that match what you see on your monitor. The procedure is quite simple actually, if you have the proper set up and tools. One of the most powerful and useful features in Photoshop "soft proofing" is a procedure that allows you to use your display (monitor) to produce a preview on screen that accurately depicts what the printed output of a file will look like. When setup properly, Photoshop can provide a very accurate on screen indication of what a final print will look like.

    More info on how to do this and downloads for the profiles you need to soft proof can be found here: http://www.hamiltoncolorlab.com/softproofing.html

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  • How big of a print can your lightjet make?

    The LightJet 430 can print "any" size print up to 50"x120". Due to the larger drum used in the 430 there is never any need for stitching or blending images. Larger prints for trade show applications for instance, can be made with the LightJet using image tiling techniques.

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  • Do you cut rounded edges on your wallet size prints? I'm looking at senior pictures.

    All wallet photos are die cut (rounded edges) here at HCL. There is no extra charge for this service. If you do not want your wallet photos die cut then you must request that they not be die cut..

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  • Can I have proof prints made from my digital camera files?

    A minimum of 12 digital image files must be submitted per order to receive proof print prices. Image files must be grouped in folders according to desired print size, quantity, and paper surface. Proofs from digital files will be back-printed with your filenames. Digital files being proofed can be corrected for color, contrast, and density, but only at your specific request. Otherwise proofs from files are printed "as is". Proof pricing is available for digital files "only" the first time the files come through the lab. Subsequent printings of the same digital files will have reprint prices applied.

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  • What formats of film can you make optical prints from?

    HCL no longer offers optical prints made from negatives. All prints made in our lab are from digital images or graphics files. We can print your negatives, slides and transparencies directly from scans (ours or yours) and naturally we can handle printing from your digital camera files.

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  • Can your lab print my digital files?

    HCL can print your digital files on a variety of output devices. For true photographic quality we offer our Fuji Frontier Pro IC digital laser printer and our LightJet 430 digital laser printer. Both produce true photographic prints from your digital image or graphics files.

    Wide format ink jet printers are also included in our lineup of digital output devices. The HP 2000 and the Encad 700i are both great choices for all types of trade show graphics, POP displays, airport advertising, etc.

    For fine art reproductions, high resolution, and long lasting ink jet prints our Epson 9600 is the most desirable printer in the world. The 9600 really shines when printing fine art reproductions on fine art surfaces such as artist canvas and watercolor papers.

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  • What type of file is best for printing on your lightjet?

    We can print from a wide variety of file types on the LightJet 430. These popular file types can be printed on the LightJet 430 -- TIFF (.tif), JPEG (.jpg), PDF (.pdf), PSD (.psd), EPS (.eps), and Grayscaled files.

    The best file? Is a TIFF flattened and saved at the desired print size with 150-300 ppi in the RGB color space. There is no reason to have more than 300 ppi in your print sized file.

    Strictly technically speaking a file should be saved to the desired output size at 300 dpi. Due to file interpolation routines employed by the LightJet 430 beautiful prints can be made from files with less than optimal resolution (ppi).

    For example: To make an 16x20 LightJet 430 print your file should be sized to 16x20 and the resolution should be in the range of 150-300 ppi. A good "rule of thumb" would be that any file with a resolution of 200 dpi or more at the desired print size could produce photographic prints of fine art quality providing that the file was not interpolated a great deal to get the ppi up to 200.

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  • What photo papers do you print with your LightJet 430?

    We use Fuji Crystal Archive photo papers at Hamilton Color Lab for all our color prints. Fuji papers are available in Lustre, Matte, Glossy, and Fujitrans for backlit applications. We have one exception...we also offer Kodak Endura photo paper in the popular Metallic finish.

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