Image Quality Guide




Cropping



If you're ending up with margins you didn't want, or bits cut off the images, it's all to do with the cropping and aspect ratio of your files (width to height ratio). Different print sizes have different aspect ratios. So for example, a square photograph won't fit a rectangle slot and may leave blank areas in certain cases. The best solution is to use keep photos in their original dimensions off your camera and not use image editing software that to resize your image.


Resolution



If it's the overall contrast and detail of your images that's poor, it's probably because of the resolution. Generally the larger the original image file the better it will look when printed. So enlarge a relatively small image file and you'll soon notice the quality deteriorate.

To avoid substandard print quality we'll warn you at the time of book creation and again at the time of ordering if there's a quality issue. Once any item is placed in your cart you'll betaken to an image quality check, where you will see our traffic light quality rating on any low quality images you have used. That's a green light for great quality, an amber light for mediocre quality, and a red light for poor quality. You can then decide whether you want to insert a better image.


Colour calibration



If you find that an image that looks great on your computer screen doesn't look as good in print then it could be down to the colour calibration of your monitor. This can cause overly bright or dark prints, or unrealistic colours compared to your original. Even if you're not aware of this, properly calibrating your monitor is still a good way of ensuring impressive results.  Please consult your manufacturers instructions for colour calibration of your computer.