Colour Correction Services

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Queensberry's colour correction service

Colour correction, retouching etc. Who do you want to do the work, you or us? Why not let us do it for you, so you can get back to shooting pictures and selling them. Basic colour correction is no extra charge when you order flushmount or matted albums.


Batch, Basic and Premium Colour Correction

Batch density/brightness control (for wholesale print orders only, up to 13.3x10)

You can request our affordable batch density/brightness control service when ordering loose silver halide or fine art prints up to size 13.3x10in, but not larger prints, or books and albums. We review your files before printing and adjust density/brightness where necessary for consistent, high quality prints. This service is not available in your retail shopping cart.

Free Basic Colour Correction (Book and Albums only)

You can request basic colour correction as an optional service when your place your book or album order. We INDIVIDUALLY CORRECT each file, adjusting RGB colour values, density, contrast and gamma across the ENTIRE IMAGE. We can colour correct albums that you've designed yourself, but if you're uploading ready-made page layouts containing multiple images, layered PSDs are ESSENTIAL — so that we can colour correct each image independently.

Basic colour correction is included in the price of our albums regardless of the number of images, but a small charge applies to Q-Book orders. For a small extra charge you can upgrade to to Premium colour correction.

Premium colour correction (for all Queensberry Prints and Products)

Premium colour correction offers even higher consistency and quality across all our prints and products, including books and albums. In addition to adjusting colour and contrast, we optimise skin tones, shadow and highlight detail as much as the file allows, paying particular attention to key points such as bridal dresses. We remove any small file imperfections such as sensor dust. In books, albums, boxed sets etc, we optimise consistency across each layout and the entire album or collection.

At times, photographs need extra editing in order to remove distractions, or open the eyes of the one person who blinked in the family photo. At Queensberry, we can take care of all the extra editing for you; saving you precious time. Read more about our Art Work Services here

Archiving your corrected files

Once your images have been satisfactorily corrected, they are saved with the changes. You can request a CD or DVD burn of your images so that we can return the corrected layout files to you for archiving. We retain images on our own servers for three months after your order is completed.

Please note: If you don't want us to colour correct your files please select the "Don't Touch" option when placing orders or setting up price lists. All our colour correction services are performed by real human beings, not automated software!


Benefits of QBY Colour Correction

There are two main benefits of using our Colour Correction services, other than saving time and freeing up time to do what you love. First, it will be our team's job to produce the best possible print for you (always dependent of the quality of the file, of course!) And just as important, their expert eyes will review each layout to ensure that every aspect of every album is the best it can be.

Here's a partial list of the problems that we check for and can resolve before we do your printing:

  • Are the images ICC-profiled? Are there any obvious colour management problems?
  • Are the images correctly exposed? White balance OK etc?
  • Are the images soft or pixelated?
  • Are the image files big enough/good enough to print?
  • Are there opacity issues (we recommend no less than 60%)?
  • Are there alignment problems in the page layouts?
  • Are image borders too close to the page edge in the layouts?
  • Are there rotational problems or scaling problems in the layouts?
  • Are all the images present in the layouts?
  • Are the panorama pages split in appropriate positions?
  • Are there problems that require artwork?

We do not guarantee that we will discover any or all problems that you or your client might notice. In the end, this is your responsibility and a matter of judgment. Always check your files carefully before sending them to us and complete any remedial artwork YOU feel is necessary, or arrange for us to do it for you.

If we do pick up on a problem with your files, we can refer the job back for you to resolve, or we can fix many of these issues for you (check your price list for details of our charges).

As a specialised portrait and wedding lab, we colour-correct so as to optimise natural skin-tones and achieve consistency across all the images in an album.

Premium colour correction of album page layouts requires layered Photoshop (PSD) files so that we can correct individual images (layers). Print quality will still depend on the quality of the files you send us.

We will undertake image editing and retouching on Premium Colour Correction printing on request and for an extra charge.

Saving your “corrected” files
Once your images have been satisfactorily corrected, they are saved with the changes. You can request a CD or DVD burn of your images so that we can return the corrected layout files to you. We retain images on our servers for three months after your order is completed.

Proofing
On request we will send you soft proofs so you can preview on screen the images as they will appear after printing. In certain circumstances we may ask you to confirm that you are happy to proceed with printing on the basis of these soft proofs. We can also send you actual prints for approval (normal prices apply).


Our premium Colour Correction check list 

If you choose our premium colour correction service. Be sure to read the questions below carefully and complete the required checks before sending your files. 

  • Are your order instructions clear? 
  • Is protective coating required on the prints?
  • Are copy albums required?
  • Have you included all image files (including the cover image)?
  • Are your file specifications correct (especially resolution (DPI) and filenames)?
  • Are the images ICC-profiled? Are there any other obvious colour management problems?
  • Are your images correctly exposed? White balance OK etc?
  • Are the images soft or pixelated?
  • Are your scans or image files big enough/good enough to print?
  • Are you sending layered PSD files (required for Premium Colour Service, but not suitable for Print-Ready)?
  • Are there opacity issues (we recommend no less than 60%)?
  • Are there alignment problems in your page layouts?
  • Are image borders too close to the page edge in your layouts?
  • Are there rotational problems or scaling problems in your layouts?
  • Are all the images present in the layouts?
  • Are all the images in the final layouts for printing present? Sized and cropped etc as intended?
  • Are your panorama pages split in appropriate positions?
  • Is any artwork required? Do you want Queensberry to do it? Are your instructions clear?