User Guides and Resources

While we have tutorials on our website, they are for tasks specific to our customers needs, in relation to getting the most from our print lab. There is a wealth of resources available for learning applications such as Photoshop from the ground up. I will list some of those resources here. Adobe Photoshop Elements User Guide Adobe Lightroom User Guide Adobe Photoshop User Guide by MakeUseOf.com Faststone Instruction Manual Photoshop Tutorials From Adobe Advanced Photoshop Tutorials from PSDTuts.com Lightroom Tutorials From Adobe Picasa Tutorials ...
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Custom Print Sizes

If you want to print custom print sizes. Please follow these instructions. For this example, we want to print an image that is 11inches wide and 3inches high. First, you must crop or resize your image as per the instructions, noting most importantly that the image must be saved at 300ppi. As we do not print any size paper that is 11×3, the image will be printed onto the next available size. To see a full list of available print sizes, click here. The next available size to print this image on would be a 12×8 sheet. Make on folder on your USB key (burn folder; flash card; etc.) called ‘Printing’ and in this folder, make a new folder called ’12×8 NO RESIZE’. What this means is that in the printing process, your 11×3 image is put on a 12×8 sheet without resizing the image at all. NOTE: if the image was not saved at 300ppi, the image would not come out the correct size on...
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Image Resize in Photoshop

Open your image and open the Image Size dialogue box by Image->Image Size (Alt+Ctrl+I) The Image Size dialogue box opens and presents itself as this (dimensions will differ for you image). The Image Size dialogue box is broken down into three parts. The first, is the pixel dimensions: This shows the actual pixels of your image and relates to the quality of your digital camera. The next, is Document Size: This is the current size of your image, and can be viewed in Inches, cm, mm etc. In the last section you have three main options. Scale Styles – This is if you have any layer styles ie: shadows, added text, glows – It is not necessary when working with a photo straight from a camera. Constrain Proportions – This will keep the width and height in proportion with eachother. Resample Image – For setting the resolution of the ...
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Fill-in and Fit-In Explained

When you are leaving your photos in to be printed, you may choose the option Fill-in or Fit-in. Fill-In is the standard, default setting. Fill-In Explained Most compact cameras take photos in a 4:3 ratio. What this means is that if you select a 6x4 size print (a 3:2 ratio), the whole sheet will be filled, but this will result in parts of your image being cropped. Fit-In Explained If cropping the image does not suit you, as you need the whole image printed, you may choose to print as Fit-In. Alternatively, if neither of these options suits you, you will need to crop your image to be a 6x4. If any further explanation is required, Please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here to download a PDF of this tutorial ...
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Cropping an Image in Photoshop

Open your image and select the Crop Tool The Options bar will change to allow you to put in the desired Width, Height, and Resolution. Fill these in as required. For this example I want an image that is 3inches wide, 4.5inches high. The print resolution for Conns Cameras is always 300 pixels/inch. (See Making Custom Print Sizes) When you have input your values, move your cursor over the image project collaboration tools. You will notice that the cursor is now the crop tool: Click and drag a selection over the image. You can move the selection around or shrink/expand it as you wish by grabbing the selection and moving your curor again. The area that will be cropped out is shaded. Once you are happy with the selection, accept it by hitting the Enter key or clicking the tick in the options Bar. (Should you decide not to crop, click the Stop symbol in the options Bar.) The image is now exactly 3 inches by 4.5...
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