HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FILES FOR B&W PRINTING

Preparing your files for true B&W printing

True B&W Printing

HOW TO CONVERT COLOR FILES TO BLACK & WHITE

There are many methods to convert a color image to black and white, and they offer a wide range of control over the look of the final image. Choose a method that you are most comfortable with.

To produce a quality B&W print from a digital file that meets your expectations, the black and white image file should be submitted in the following specifications:

  • Convert grayscale files to RGB mode (preferably sRGB colorspace)
  • 8 bit JPEG file type
  • Resolution of 300 ppi at your print size
  • Correctly sized (aspect ratio) to avoid cropping

Do not submit color images. If you convert the file to grayscale in the process, please convert it back to RGB before submitting the file. Files submitted that do not follow these specs may not produce acceptable results and/or may incur additional charges.​

EASY B&W CONVERSION METHODS

These only offer limited control over the tonal range of the final image.

  • In Photoshop: Change to grayscale, adjust contrast and density,and convert back to RGB
  • Use iPhoto, Google Photos, Photoshop Elements or other simple image editing program
  • Set your digital camera setting to black and white (no control options)
Easy B&W Conversion Methods
Advanced B&W Conversion Methods

ADVANCED B&W CONVERSION METHODs

These offer nearly unlimited control over your image. You can search the web for additional options under “Black & White Conversion” or “Black and White plugins”, etc.

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