steps should be taken to prepare your file for Giclée output
to the Epson 11800 K3 Ultrachrome printer.
Current Paper Profiles (updated 2/18/08)
recommend that you make all edits to your image for Giclée
printing using the ICC profiles in softproof mode in Photoshop.
You can download those profiles here.
Profiles for Macintosh Platform
Profiles for Windows Platform
Place the files in the appropriate profile folder on your machine
so they will be visible to applications. On the Macintosh this is
the Colorsync Profiles folder within your Library/Colorsync/Profiles folder. Location
on the Windows platform is as follows:
Windows 98/ME - \Windows\System\Color
Windows XP - \Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
Windows NT/2000 - \Winnt\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
The following file names are associated with available media:
||Smooth Watercolor Paper
||Textured Watercolor Paper
|11880 BCW 1440 WCRW BA CS1v3.1.icc
||Breathing Color Canvas
||Epson Artist Canvas
We strongly recommend that all changes to your files be made on a properly calibrated
monitor. For more detailed information about what this means you
can visit our Monitor Profiling
page. We also strongly encourage you to do small proofs of your
images before making large prints. This will allow you to see how
your files will print and make any necessary changes. Simply send
us smaller preflighted files to output before requesting larger
prints. With preflighted files, you are responsible for how the print turns out, so please make sure you take the proper steps to offer the greatest likelihood of an expected result.
Download a PDF file with detailed steps and pictures of how to prepare your preflighted file or keep reading below.
standard steps are recommended:
all dust, blemishes, scratches, etc.
density, contrast, color balance, etc.
and remove any saved alpha channels
||Size the image as needed. We recommend using between 200 and 360dpi, depending on how many pixels you have in your file and how comfortable you are with upsizing files if necessary. However, you can send us files in any resolution. Note that maximum printable area is 43" wide by any length for the Epson Canvas and the Smooth and Textured Watercolor Papers. Maximum printable area is 59" by any length for Breathing Color Canvas. Maximum Printable Area includes any borders that you add to the file.
the image as needed
||IMPORTANT - Add
canvas around each image to create borders.
Stroke a 2 pixel black border around the image so that we can
trim out the image with the borders you desire
- Use Edit->Select All to select the entire
- Use Edit->Stroke to place the stroke
mark (use the "inside" option)
If you do not add a canvas and stroke a border, we will trim
the sheet down to the image with no border at all.
you are ganging up multiple images onto a single larger sheet,
you should lay them out now, flatten that file and send it to
us. The total canvas size of all ganged images should be equal
to or smaller than one of our standard sheet sizes. We will not trim out the individual images on your ganged up sheet.
||Use Photoshop's Convert to Profile command to change the color space from the editing space to the appropriate Printer color space. You will need to download the printer profiles and install them on your computer first (see above). You should use either Perceptual or Relative Colorimetric rendering intent when doing this - choose whichever you believe looks best for each image.
||All files must
be sent in TIFF or .PSD file format.
We can accept
files on CDs or DVDs. Please make sure to
send a signed order form along with the disk(s).
You may also
ftp your files to us. Please visit our ftp information page to get more information and set up a personal account.