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GETTING THE FILE READY TO PRINT
Again, I will emphasize the importance of having a large enough file.
IN INCHES: The image must be at least half the size of the final print if not full size. This means for a 36x36 scarf, your file you send me should be at least 18x18 inches.
IN RESOLUTION: Resolution is how many pixels (dots) in each inch. The images on the Internet are usually 72 pixels/inch. This is too small to print - fine to see online, but there is not enough detail in a 72 ppi file to make a large print. It should be at least 180 pixels/inch. I print at 360, so that is best.
Most digital cameras will give you a large enough file, in a combination of inches and resolution, to make a nice print. The new smart phones have cameras which are usually adequate as well. If you have a question about your file, email me.
A hem on your scarf or wall hanging 'eats' up about 1/2 inch around the sides. (How much depends on the thickness of the fabric). Many photographs and 'organic' designs are just fine as is. I can add extra space around the print to accommodate.
IF YOUR SIDES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR DESIGN, TAKE NOTE:
1) If your beautiful, intricate design has elements close to the edge, I will, as mentioned above, add a little space before the hem so nothing is lost in the hemming process.
2) If you have a border, and the border is a solid color - again I can add a little more of that color to be lost within the hem.
3) Howver, if your border has a pattern that goes to the edge, either you or I must increase that pattern into the hem area so the details are not lost. Let me know.
Please, if you sign your work digitally, don't put your signature on the very edge. Place it a little within the main design, or within the border far enough away from the edge so it isn't partially lost in the hem, as noted above.
Let me know if your print is going to be hung on a wall by using a dowel, curtain rod, or maybe a bamboo piece. I will add enough space on top of your print for the sleeve the rod goes through.
Tell me the diameter of the rod you will be using, and if you are putting a second rod at the bottom. I will need to add to the print to make this happen.
Caution: never use plain wood like a dowel to hang your silk. Wood is acidic and will deteriorate the fibers of the silk. You can use a dowel if you paint or varnish it first. Bamboo is a grass and is perfectly fine for hanging the silk. Any metal is OK too as long as it is smooth. Plexiglas is good, but thin plexiglas can bend from the weight of the silk in a large print.
NOTE: PRINTING WILL BE DONE RGB, NOT CMYK. If you have created a graphic file on the computer, and is not a photo or scan, it is often the practice to work in CMYK although actually best to always work in RGB and only translate to CMYK if you are sending to a large 4-color process printing company. There are quite a number of RGB profiles, however I do print Adobe RGB. Many will send sRGB profile, but this has fewer color nuances than the Adobe RGB. If you are a photographer, it is best to send your ProPhoto files for the best color. Please don't send Camera RAW files.