Print Specifications

How should I prepare my digital files and what formats do you accept?

File Size:

The maximum file size that can be uploaded on the website is 500 MB. If your file size is larger than 500 MB, upload a placeholder image and email a file transfer link to

File Preparation:

File Formats:




Monitor Calibration:

In order to insure that the colors on your monitor match the colors in the prints you receive from Artbeat Studios, it is best to have a properly calibrated and profiled monitor. You can try some evaluation prints without calibrating your monitor but you will get more consistent and repeatable results if you do calibrate.

Photoshop Settings:

You need to make sure that you are embedding an ICC profile into the files you send to Artbeat Studios. We require that you use Adobe RGB (1998) as a working colorspace.

Below are the directions for proper setup of your Photoshop Color Settings:

Whenever you open a file that is in a color space other than your working space, Photoshop will prompt you to convert to the working color space. If you would rather not be prompted when opening a file with a different imbedded profile that your working space, you can uncheck the "Ask When Opening" box and the "Ask When Pasting" boxes next to Profile Mismatches. Photoshop will then apply your working space to files that are in a different color space or with a missing profile.
VERY IMPORTANT: When you save your files, make sure to check the "Embed Color Profile" checkbox in the Save dialog box or your working profile will not be embedded and we will not know the colorspace of your files leading to inaccurate color.

Recommended File Size:

Digital Cameras measure their resolution in pixels. These are NOT measured per inch, but are a total count of how many pixels were used to capture the entire image. If you take a digital photo at 1600x1200 pixels, the total pixel count of the captured image will be 1,920,000 pixels. Whether you print this 1600x1200 image as a 8"x10" photo or an 16"x20" photo, the original file will still have 1,920,000 pixels. Photos intended for print should be taken at the highest [pixel] resolution possible for the best print quality. Lower resolution photos printed at larger sizes may stretch the pixels beyond the point where the look clear and sharp. However, many of our customers have great success enlarging their photos 200%-400%. Typically the photo needs start out very high res and well exposed, then it can be enlarged and sharpened in Photoshop or Lightroom. View your files at 100% in an image application such as Photoshop, this will give you an excellent representation of how the file will print.

Preferred Image Resolution:

150 dpi (Maximum: 300 dpi - Minimum: 100 dpi)

Print SizePixel Dimension @150 dpiMininum Pixel Size to Yield Good Prints

What is an image histogram?

A histogram is a very powerful measuring tool that graphically represents the data within an image file. Having an understanding of a histogram will enhance your camera's exposure which determines the pixel values of your image. Having properly exposed images is the #1 thing to improve color management.

Bleed Guidelines / Signatures:

Our HD Metal and HD Acrylic prints have an overall bleed of approximately 1/8". It is important to keep text, logos, signatures and important image elements at least 1/8" away from the edge of your print.

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