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How do I find out what profile is embedded in the image file?

By |2018-04-27T08:50:35+00:00April 27th, 2018|

You can use the “Browse in Bridge” function in Photoshop, located under the ‘File’ drop down menu. In Bridge, select an image and check the metadata window for details on the “colour mode” and “colour profile”. If there is no data for the colour profile, you may either be shooting in RAW format or your camera is not tagging the file with the profile used. (eg. Camera tags file as sRGB when in sRGB mode but leaves the file untagged in Adobe 1998 mode.) When shooting in RAW the profile is embedded when converting the file to TIF or JPG. A profile must be assigned before working on the file. If a profile has already been assigned you can convert the profile in Photoshop. Converting will preserve the colours’ appearance whereas assigning a new profile preserves the colour values, which could change the colour in your images.

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Do you accept RAW files?

By |2018-04-27T08:50:39+00:00April 27th, 2018|

Typically, we do not accept RAW files. Instead we would prefer to help you find your way in converting and editing these files. If you’re capturing in the RAW format, RAW files do not have a colour profile listed, this is applied during the converting of the RAW files to JPEG or TIF. For work to be submitted to Streets Imaging, we recommend either sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998. It is critical that your files are tagged with the correct profile otherwise unpredictable results will occur.

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What profiles do you accept and which one should I use?

By |2018-04-27T08:50:44+00:00April 27th, 2018|

sRGB and Adobe RGB 1998. With our lab’s digital printing software, your file’s embedded profile is used and converted to the profile of the output device at the time of printing. If there is no profile embedded in your file, it will be treated as sRGB, which is the default for many earlier cameras and scanners. Which ever colour profile you use, use it ALL the way through your workflow. From the profile your camera embeds when shooting JPEG or the profile embedded when converting from RAW to JPEG, to the default colour space of your editing software and in any of your designs or template files. This way you will save unnecessary conversion and will not risk the wrong profile being ‘assigned’.

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Do I need the printer profile from the lab?

By |2018-04-27T08:50:52+00:00April 27th, 2018|

No, use sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998 as your working profile Some labs may say that they will give you the profile that applies to their printer. This is fine if they only have one printer and do not ever intend to use any other method of output. Streets Imaging use a variety of devices and materials to output your images and each device/material combination has its own unique profile. Why this works for you: You do not need to think about which printer we might use. We do the hard work of converting the profiles of your images for you. Our software works out what output device is to be used and converts to that profile before printing. It never forgets and it always selects the correct one. When we add new equipment or paper types are updated the new profiles will automatically be applied to your images when necessary. Without this you would need to convert files for Canvas prints, then again Lustre up to 12”, then again for Metallic up to 12”, then again for Lustre 20 and 30” wide, then again for Metallic up to 30” wide and so on and so on. [...]

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