If you would like us to make
prints from your digital files after you have
manipulated them in Adobe Photo Shop, it’s
extremely important that you calibrate your monitor.
That way the prints will look much the way the
images do on your monitor.
you don’t have a monitor calibrator such as a Spyder,
ask us for a print made from the DIMA color control
image. Our reference print will be made using no
color corrections at all. You can
pick up a reference print at the store and it's
Download this file:
Open the test file on your computer and adjust
the color of your monitor to match the control print.
Leave the monitor set that way.
Now when you adjust your prints to look good on the
calibrated monitor, what you see will look very
close to what the lab’s printer produces – but not
exactly the same. You view prints by reflected
light, instead of seeing the illuminated dots of the
When manipulating your images in Photo Shop, be sure
to use the sRGB color space.
Save your images in RGB color mode, 8 bits per
channel jpg files, with a quality setting of 9 or
The color of light changes as the day progresses. At
high noon, and in shade, light is more blue than at
other times. High elevations and snow have more blue
tints because the atmosphere doesn’t filter out the
Additional things you should be aware of:
Monitors and TV sets, like slide film, can
display a much higher dynamic range (range of
brightness) than any paper print. A good
monitor has a brightness range or dynamic range of
about 500:1. Pure white is 500
times brighter than pure black.
RA color paper has a dynamic range of about 30:1.
That means pure white reflects 30 times as much
light as the blackest tone possible. Glossy paper
has a higher dynamic range than matte paper.
If you lighten your prints
to include shadow detail, the highlights may be
“blown out.” That means the
brighter areas are so bright that they merge
together as paper white. If the image is printed dark enough to
show detail in the brighter areas, the shadows may
be blocked up. Everything that is
dark blends together,
although you were able to see differences on your
In our lab,
which is primarily a "people" lab, we make manual
adjustments assuming that the faces of people are
your most important photo element. If you prefer we
make no adjustments at all, just tell us so.